Polyus EP by Rekord 61

Rekord 61 — Polyus EP

Release date:
April 28 2014
Written and produced by Alexander Babaev. Contains a great remix by Perc.
Artwork by Alexander Menshikov.
Preview on Soundcloud:
Polyus, Polyus (Perc Remix), Val.
«It’s called „Polyus“: „Hard and intolerable environmental conditions of the North Pole, abandoned huge metal constructions, a strong cold wind... But despite all of these, there’s a life.“ It’s strong and impressive techno track, ideally fits dance floors and big stages.

The British famous producer Perc made a dope, massive and hypnotic version of „Polyus“. This version splendidly supplement the idea of original track.

The second original track is „Val“. It’s inspired by technical aesthetics of big machines, vast and complicated gears. The track has some soft analog melodies and a warm techno mood. It’s a perfect thing to balance the release.»

FACT wrote: «Rekord 61’s acidic squelches are drenched in the kind of distortion usually reserved for lads with beards in Ohio dubbing tapes in their basements, but it never loses sight of the dancefloor — a welcome feature in an era of disposable poseur techno.»
Bot / Human EP by Nauruan Stranger

Nauruan Stranger — Bot / Human EP

Release date:
December 16 2013
Written and produced by Johannes Loidl. Contains a great remixes by Rekord 61 and Yukkon.
Artwork by Marian Pramberger.
Preview on Soundcloud:
Bot, Bot (Rekord 61 Remix), Human, Human (Yukkon Remix).
Digital version in stores:
iTunes Beatport, Junodownload, Trackitdown.
«„Bot“ is a heavyweight techno symphony. Acid house and big-room techno influence this mechanical groove that drives along at 113bpm.
„Human“ builds into huge synthesis of melodic sequences, analog bass riffs and odd vocal cuts. Absolutely brilliant!

Rekord 61 builds a firm and thick construction and emphasizes the essence of original version: „I was just wondering, what if the Bot is something more than just a Bot. What if it’s gonna be a Human?“

Yukkon’s interpretation of Nauruan Stranger’s „Human“ is influenced by the perception of a rising sun in a desert ambience. The extra focus on the hypnotic vocals and strings of the original bind together with analog bass and house beats, taking you on a deep journey to the cradle of humankind.»

«Great tracks loving the remixes as well as originals!»
Greg Girard /UnderGround BroadCast Radio Show

«Super groovy almost pitched down sounding original has a great feel to it.»
Deepak Sharma /Hidden Recordings, NYC

«Rekord 61 reworks really epic!»
Chris Stanford (EarToGround) London

«It´s so lovely to hear something different»
Hector Oaks

«Bot original is quite slow but the remix picks it up some. Human quite a bit more tech with sweet synth. Inteligent.»
Daz Furey /Fnoob Techno

«Will play definitively the original mix of „Bot“, very good stuff!»
Norman Nodge

«Rekord 61 rmx all the way!! wooW!»
Miss Sunshine /KMS, Decoy, TicTacToe, Monocline

Nedra EP by Rekord 61

Rekord 61 — Nedra EP

Release date:
November 25 2013
Written and produced by Alexander Babaev. Contains a great remix by Glimpse.
Artwork by Alexander Babaev.
Nedra, Izumrud, Nedra (Glimpse Remix).
Digital version in stores:
iTunes, Beatport, Junodownload, Trackitdown.
«Gemstones, jewels and astonishing minerals — the magic concealed in the subsurface («Nedra»). The song conveys reflections on the natural beauty, time, and mysterious processes that have been going on for millions and millions of years.

Side B «Izumrud» (Emerald) is delving into the ideas of «Nedra». The author is reproducing the feelings that the majestic emerald can evoke.

The second song on side B is a version by Glimpse: «I was keen to capture the drifting essence of the original whilst doing something slightly more dance-floor-orientated in order to balance the release.»»
Cosmic Disco wrote: «His sound is a raw fusion of beats and analogue sounding percussion run through with plenty of cerebral synths and off kilter grooves.
‘Nedra’ is a fine example of that with its dusty drums, jumbled and loose-limbed beats and curious ping-pong ball like hook. The deft pads that light up the track from behind add a certain resonance to the whole thing, with the results a refreshing house track that speaks it very own language.
A remix of the same track comes from Get Physical and Crosstown Rebels associate Glimpse, who is also turning heads with his brutal techno offerings as one half of Dense & Pika on labels like Hot Flush. His version re-imagines the track as a quicker, deep house cut but one that retains a rough and pleasing DIY aesthetic in its drums and perc.
The other Rekord 61 original is ‘Izumrud’, which is another playful and left of centre melange of jostling, restless drums and hi hats and more serrated and settled synth lines. It’s kinetic and lively at the same time as retaining plenty of human feeling.»

Chain D.L.K. wrote: «This forthcoming third tidbit by skilled Russian beat juggler Alexandr Babev aka Rekord 61 ideally drills through the highland he evoked on his previous release «Pereval». The playful and somewhat merry nuance of the title-track «Nedra» could make you imagine a secret gaming room of a group of dwarfs in their hidden mine, where a number of astonishing multicoloured rock crystals, jewels and gemstones surround a ping-pong table due to the sound of a ping-pong ball which makes an amazing groove of rocky thuds and granular harmonies, which sound like rising, friskier. The following track «Izumrud» (Emerald) seems to shuffle previous sonic and percussive elements, but its brilliant cuts are more entrancing. On this release, you’ll also find a remix of «Nedra» by UK techno wizard Glimpse, who extrapolated some sounds from the original version before interpolating them into a charming tech-house movement, which counterbalance the other tracks of the release by means of a wink to dancehalls.»

Pereval by Rekord 61

Rekord 61 — Pereval

Release date:
July 15 2013
Written and produced by Alexander Babaev. Contains a great remix by Anstam.
Artwork by Alexander Babaev.
Pereval, Pereval (Anstam remix),
Pereval, Pereval (Anstam remix).
Vinyl in stores:
Juno, Decs, Deejay, Triple Vision.
Digital version in stores:
iTunes, Beatport, Junodownload.
«The aesthetics of mountains and the spirit of alpinism became the inspiration for this work. Snow-capped peaks, changeable weather, difficult passes and endless beauty, which serves as a gratitude for the efforts of those wins mountains.

Anstam’s version is a snapshot, a frozen distillate, of the original track. This abstract condition builds up more and more till it reaches a rhythmic momentum where all parts, even the smallest, commuting in the same energetic frequency by delivering typically complex and expertly sculpted dancefloor structures. A bold statement of innovation and absolute perfection.»

De:Bug wrote: «Da rollt wirklich etwas auf uns zu. In den letzten zwei Jahren haben zahlreiche neue Produzenten aus Russland tief beeindruckt, Alexander Babaev könnte der beste von allen sein. Seine zweite EP zeigt das fulminant. Und auch die Art und Weise, wie releast wird, ist auf der Höhe der Zeit. Keine halbgaren B-Seiten, keine überflüssigen Bonustracks. Lieber Kontinuität in kleinen Dosen. Was für ein Monster, dieser Track. Lang gezogen, stoisch und plötzlich aufblühend, wenn alles zusammenkommt, kongenial und deep. So zurückhaltend das Original in seinem Arrangement ist, umso drastischer regelt das Anstam im Remix. Mit viel Volume auf dem Anschiebe-Seitenstreifen, trudelnden Acid-Markern und genau dem richtigen Gefühl für den kleinen Breitbeiner in uns, der von dieser mit Unkenntlichmachmaske versehenen Abfahrt nie genug bekommen kann. Wann kommt das Album?»
Kaskad EP by Rekord 61

Rekord 61 — Kaskad EP

Release date:
April 15 2013
Written and produced by Alexander Babaev. Contains a great remix by Phon.o.
Artwork by Alexander Babaev.
Kaskad, Kaskad (Phon.o remix), Prostor.
Kaskad, Kaskad (Phon.o remix), Prostor.
Vinyl in stores:
Juno, Decs, Deejay, Triple Vision.
Digital version in stores:
iTunes, Beatport, Junodownload.
De:Bug wrote: «Ganz und gar wundervolles Debüt von Alexander Babaev aus Moskau. Der Titeltrack läutet eine völlig neue Klangästhetik ein, mit wenigen per se vollkommen nichtssagenden Sounds erschafft Babaev eine Energie und eine Stimmung, die ihresgleichen sucht. Hier hat endlich jemand verstanden, wie man die Post-Everything-Nuss angemessen knackt. Mit einer Abkehr von ewig gleichen Tricks, der ewig gleichen Stimmung, der ewig gleichen Klischees. Das kommt Phon.o gerade recht, der macht sich kurz noch die Haare und erklärt den Track dann mit seiner Flutwelle all denen, die einfach noch nicht soweit sind. Die B2, «Prostor» umschwirrt den Frühling dann mit dem Stiefel auf der Monitorbox. Fantastisch!» Chain D.L.K. wrote: «Well begun is half done, as the saying goes, and Moscow-based Russian producer Alexander Babaev in the gise of his stage alias Rekord 61 must know that quote after this first brick of his newborn label Konstruktiv, whose name well summarise its underlying music policy. The release number 1 includes a couple of excellent tracks and a remix by renowned Berlin dj and producer Phon.o, which transpose some compositional techniques of IDM, based on the deconstruction of beat patterns, to make something which will make you think about the building of a monumental skyscraper. Softened hammering, muffled snare drum, bleeping ticktocks, a slowly rising synth-brass portrays an intense activity or a big construction site (or an imaginary electronic anthill) on the initial «Kaskad», whose source of inspiration came from monumental art and technical aesthatics of giant industrial constructions in the middle of the last century. It got wisely remixed by Phon.o, who rehashed pulleys, levers, cranes, concrete mixers and other tools by drier hits and effects on buzzing bass and synth-brass which accentuated the epic aura of the original version. The second track on B-side, «Prostor», lies on the catchy sound of a slapped bass, banging claps and joyful breaks, which gradually become stronger and stronger while rhythmical synths climb over unutterable heights.The foundations have just been laid.»


Records in stores

Juno, Decks,, Triple Vision.
Digital versions:
iTunes, Beatport, Junodownload, Trackitdown.

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