Label: InBeatWeen Music

I knew I would be getting something good when I got sent this EP from Alexander Layfar‘s label, but no one told me it was phenomenally so. So who are Boorane? Moscow-based DJ Boora is a beat-master with a music major in hip-hop. Fully immersed in more than just the music he’s adopted the culture and is part of a b-boy crew and involved in a clothing line at some stage. Hailed as the father of the Russian beat scene his collaboration with his fellow Kaliningrad homie Krane and so the name was born Boorane. Clearly backing a winner with this EP co-produced by Layfar and mixed-down at Atjazzs studio ARCo Labs it is already gold.

Introductory track Kusok, blasts off literally with samples of a space shuttle launching before the abstract low-filtered trip-hip-hop beats cascade over the piano sound-scapes, dreamy soul stuff. Find A Way gets the magic finger treatment courtesy of Layfar who’s knack of setting a music brief and then taking you along with him as he searches and experiments is ever more prevalent in this track. Hyper-styling swirls get a precise broken workout amidst the two-step as old-school vocals belt out “Girl you’ve got to find a way.” Chunky-but-funky and downright danceable, it still manages to have an ethereal quality about it.

A change of texture comes in the form of Floor Work. Turn your subs down for this one! The levels on this track should come with a warning label about air pressure. I’m a bass-head and this ******g ridiculous (I’m sure I can hear the vocal sample swearing so I don’t need to!) yes that indeed. Six minutes of pure bass surrealism it’s like the Dali of the audio world, could it be any more dope? This one had me on repeat button. After Space Kit‘s quick outro I get another bass explosion on a jazz tip courtesy of V Rhytmah Jazza. The over-distorted double-bass is finely tuned sounding more like a frequency than an instrument as light touches of sax and piano adds ambience and clarity to this composition as b-boy cut and mixing changes up the tempo at the mid-point. Genius execution.

Taking me back to the past on a future tip is Starlight with its grainy eighties electro intro which is not an indication of how track is going to develop as it metamorphs into ambient techno. Last track of the EP is the short outro. If neo soul got dragged backwards through a shop of Russian-singing barbers drinking Wray & Nephew rum – then that track is Nocturne. Addictive, I love it, I want more. Boorane’s first project has got me hooked, abstract-surrealism doused in Russia’s space exploration and the duos love for hip hop culture. What breath of fresh air amongst the shop-bought cans of auto-tune megalomania embracing the mainstream; a precious little find in the world of underground music.

Review by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett

On General Release

Vinyl: 13 June 2016 Digital:  22 July 2016

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