Stanislav Tolkachev – Hesitation EP - Raw Raw Records
The new master of hypnotic techno returns. Tolkachev presents us with four chapters of entrancing futurism on the Hesitation EP and the track titles are as baffling as always. Take "Better Play With My Balls" for instance, with its cyclical minimalism that bleeps away repetitively like something from Robert Hood's Minimal Nation: it's that good! "Two Steps Back" gets darker and serious; a tunnelling epic that introduces a peak time transition just perfectly. On the flip "Centre Of Mess" is classic Tolkachev, with its aggressively bouncing 808 kick and grating analogue synth arpeggios that lock you into a trance instantly. Finally and as always, there's the token experimental track on an S.T. Release and this time it's in the form of "Take Your Time" which squeals and squelches away hysterically with its analogue chime sounds, sounding like Jeff Mills if he wandered into Axis HQ on acid. Tip!