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.

Other Feedback

Jason Ireland (): “lovely ep, will play thank you!;)” (will play)

Jay Hill (King Street Records, Static Music, FM Elle): “classy dub tech pack here! digging the atmosphere in Catacombs ” (will play)

Supagroove (aka Mark J) (Ahoren Music): “player not working for me, downloading!” (will play)

Brad Moontribe (): “I will play #1 in 3 days time. And also #4 in the future. dig the deep and hubby vibes – thanks!” (will play)

malchevsky (): “Very good release, each tune has something to offer. Thank you!” (will play)

Sammy W and Alex E (): “will play for sure, thx”

Lee Guthrie ((Click Therapy/Wiggle/Cubism/SDA)): “Don’t know for me here”

johnny mack (): “will find a home for these in future rotation for sure. Cheers!” (will chart) (will play)

Miss Shiva (): “” (will play)

Ilias Katelanos (Lovezone ,200 Records , I Records Acryl ,Etoka,Pesto): “great ep !” (will chart) (will play)

Marco Carola (): “downloading for marco carola, thanks ”

DJ MARY FLAVORS (Radioradio Canada): “Love track 4 Parallax! great vibe here and good energy!” (will play)

Deep Stories (): “great EP will be played for sure :)” (will play)

Giuliano Rodrigues (Flowing Movement Music): “wow. love all tracks here. good job. :)” (will chart) (will play)

Deepling (ReadyMixRecords, EmptyWhiskeyFlaskRecords, Electronical Reeds): “cool sounds – thank you!” (will play)

Joanish (): “Big Like!!! Island of Hope!” (will play)

Unluck (): “Dubby felings love this ep!!! “Catacombs “is my fav thanks!!” (will play)

Daz (): “Like the vibe of Parallax” (will play)

Teknobrat (Karma Loft, Karma Dance, Restructured Records, Sounds Of Juan, Kulture Room): “Will play, support & test Thanks Teknobrat..” (will play)

Michael Stukes (MysticVibes): “Full support.” (will chart) (will play)

Satoshi Fumi (Moodmusic,Plastic City,Klik,King Street Sounds etc.): “:)” (will play)

Nadja Lind / Klartraum (Lucidflow, Bandcamp, others): “” (will chart)

Gez Varley / G-Man (gmr records ,ostgut records): “nice and deep … very cool tracks. ” Parallax ” is my fav.” (will play)

Marc Mac (Soundcollective/ It Runs Deep/ Frequency Radio Show): “top release guys.” (will play)

Robin (): “Nice selection of dance floor groovers here. Fave: Catacombs.” (will play)

Nino (): “airplay in altroverso” (will chart) (will play)

Tim Benjamin (protonradio): “parallax for me, thanks” (will play)

Stefan Weise (Wolf Trap, Lucidflow): “Parallax is my fave here. Very nice!” (will play)

dubiks (): “Featured,i will play soon on #dubsikmusiccharts” (will chart) (will play)

Matteo (): “Thanx a lot for this fine dub tech grooving tracks” (will chart) (will play)

Sossa (): “nice release full support”

Vladimir ( “Downloaded,tnx!” (will play)

Radio show Soundtraffic – DJ RIM-K (): “Parallax is nice :)” (will play)

Frankie Deep (): “Island Of Hope Very cool Track…Thanks Downloadingl!!!” (will play)

Matthias Springer (Diametral / Turmfalke / zerO413): “great stuff from Igor as usual!” (will play)

Deepinradio (): “Nice.”

Nick Clarke (Eggworm Tokyo): “great release!” (will play)