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D-Pulsed: Consequenced

St Petersburg electronic trio have us going round in Russian circles.

Surely things can only go downhill when a press release screams ‘LCD Soundsystem, Ozrics and Tangerine Dream collide!’, and then it turns out none of those bands are involved, they’re just the influences.

But these former dance scene darlings from St Petersburg certainly know how to push the right buttons – in a PR sense at the very least – with this self-released second album. It starts very Jean Michel Jarre with Astronomers, a standout fed on a healthy diet of Oxygène and Floyd guitar before breaking into an Air-like stride for Raxxla (Parts 1 & 2). So far, so French disco. Udmurtia is a more abstract journey, ticking away softly like Fuck Buttons on lithium, or Flying Lotus stripped down to a rhythm, and pairs up with the itchy tech of final track Void. But in the middle is the Oldfield new-age of Wed Bells, the slightly cheesy spa treatment chillout Seen Today and the sparkly Waltz On The Run. Taken as a whole it’s really rather old school and charmingly conservative, leaving dynamism to peers such as the edgier Plank, UNKLE offshoot Toy Drum, or the gorgeous Remember Remember. That said, Consequenced is worth a punt though, for the lead track alone.

Jo Kendall
Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.