Maker of behemoth Russian tech-electro Proxy is clearly an artist who does things his way. After being snapped up by Tiga and his Turbo Recordings label in 2007, and going on to release several killer, gritty industrial electro tracks (including the mind-wiping fuzz assault of ‘Vibrate’ and the much-played, much remixed jagged synth stomp of ‘Raven’), Proxy was flagged up as the producer to watch for 2011 in these fair Electric Selection pages. After which - ahem - he went a tad quiet.
But now, it all becomes clear. A few months ago he popped-up and slung out the machine-gunned rhythms of ‘Audio 15’ on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, before announcing his long, long-awaited full-length debut album, the aptly named ‘Music From The East Block Jungles’.
As well as collecting together his big-hitter releases from over the years, there are also rarer and new tracks, which shed some new light on an often-enigmatic and isolated artist. Tracks like ‘Parasite’ and ‘Kamuyi’ give a nod to the punked-up tech and rave phases of his idols, Prodigy (who he saw performing in Red Square, years ago), ‘Junk’ is hard, spliced-tooblivion breaks, while ‘Coke’ sees Russian steel melt into something else entirely, as Proxy breaks into semipsychedelic sample-based electro pop.
Overall, it’s a fired-up, rock-solid locomotive of a record, which couldn’t really have come from anyone other than the dark overlord of Russia’s harder dance scene.
‘DANCE IN DARK’ (TURBO)