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  • Mixmag Crew
  • 2 June 2017
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PTU 'A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day' (трип)

While we fret about what mischief Vladimir Putin will get up to next, the techno underground scene in Russia is thriving. There seems to be a common thread of fresh, uncynical delight in what machines are capable of – and Alina Izolenta and Kamil Ea, aka PTU, have that in buckets. There are bubbling acid and rave breaks purpose built for label boss Nina Kraviz’s big club sets, but also busy sci-fi atmospherics, lurching dancehall rhythms, expert manipulation of space, crackling trip-outs, lion roars and endless variety across the seven tracks. Just occasionally you might want the fidgetiness to settle a little, but that’s a small price to pay for so much joyous inventiveness. Joe Muggs


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