::Komilev – Supreme::
Hailing from Odessa in Ukraine, Komilev found a new home in Spain amidst the war in his home country, and fortunately he’s been able to return to making the excellent music that has seen him release on Disco Halal, Watergate Records and Frau Blau. He debuts here on Exploited Club with two haunting, sophisticated gems.
Delicate piano chords draw us into the graceful ‘Supreme’, which builds so very effortlessly. The pitter-patter of nagging synth line buzzes around cowbell and snare hits and detuned pads which soar dizzyingly in the distance. From the breakdown comes a breakbeat section which lets the dreamy elements of this track really spread their wings, before a pleasingly cheap sounding synth-guitar arpeggio bursts into life, sprinkling some euphoric energy into the proceedings. Delayed notes provide the icing on the cake.
‘Cuseni’ channels ‘80s synth-pop energy, a sparse broken beat rhythm peppered with Linn drum snares creating a haunting feel which is bolstered by the juicy walking bassline and shimmering electric organ stabs. A succinct but highly effective lead line follows the bassline’s progression, before we delve into a pitch-bending organ breakdown. Next comes a bold plucked synth riff that Depeche Mode would be proud of which sends the track well and truly into orbit.