Russian producer Igor O. Vlasov has been on the slow burn for a while now. With releases hearkening back to the mid 2000’s, he heads up release number 144 on the Lucidflow imprint with a quartet of rough-hewn dub sounds.
Title track ‘Island Of Hope’ demonstrates this with a keen dance floor focus, starting off the deep dub groove with a clicky kick, before rolling in a heavier set of percussion over the top. This creates a distinct gearshift in preparation for the melodic touches and acid line that drifts in over the top.
‘Catacombs’ is similar in intent, taking a good three minutes to work out an understated groove before hitting in with a warm saturated kick. This is a track that begs to have a long layering mix for maximum impact. Following this is ‘Don’t Know’, and again it is the kick that demands full attention. The secondary kick in this instance is raw, almost unwieldy, as if it was torn by hand and physically glued onto the mix. It roughens up an otherwise whimsical track where watery melodies rub up against rickety dub chords.
Finishing off in techy mood is ‘Parallax’. Here the tempo is upped and a wriggly bassline is deployed before an almost Orbital-esque melody takes over for the finale.
Island Of Hope is a Beatport exclusive, hitting the store on 23rd October 2017.