An amazing archival find from the Gost crew, a 2LP set zoning in an all-instrumental album from Alexei Borosov and Ivan Sokolovsky’s Notchnoi Prospekt that sadly went down like a sack of shit in '87 Moscow and never saw a proper release...til now.
Of course we’ve all spent time - time we'll never get back - hunting down B-sides and extended versions of 80s synth-pop and new wave that venture into spacious, dub-crazed abstraction. So it’s pretty mad to hear an album that consists entirely of such stuff, pure and unadulterated, with no weak links, and none of which you've ever heard before (I haven't, anyway). Combining afro-caribbean drum machine percussion, tuff computerised basslines, ghost-traces of guitar, and beautifully wrought, sumptuously melodic, emotionally ambiguous Soviet and Italian synth parts, it’s as if Edward Artemiev joined forces with the Durutti Column and cut an album for Jah Fingers, with a touch of Umiliani-style psycho-exotica and slo-mo Goa trance vibes thrown in for good measure. Wut?!!! Shades of Woo and The Flying Lizards’ Secret Dub Life too. God knows we’ve been assaulted with too much dredged up music of this nature in the last decade, and yes it’s painful to imagine the kind of bespectacled watch-cap-wearing twats who will be vibing to this in their hundreds, but sometimes you just have to shut your eyes and not let the idiots get in the way of the special stuff. This is a truly outstanding record - check it out!