From the industrial heartland of the Ukraine, Yuri Lugovskoy remains that rarest of things, a genuinely mysterious and enigmatic figure working in the field of underground, electronic composition. Not a great deal is known about Yuri, internet searches revealing nothing more than a blurred image of a cowled, bearded figure prowling woodland.
His previous album on Moteer though captured the hearts of the great and good, with tastemakers Boomkat calling it "an enormously enjoyable collection of atmospheric, minimalist meditations, all very much evocative of the raw, experimental sound designs of early electronic music".
Two years later, Yuri is back with a similarly untitled work, concocting an album of exquisitely deconstructed takes rooted in Berlin based dub techno. Stripping the sound to it's barest bones and removing all but the faintest trace of beats, Yuri wrings supreme melancholy and a warm, rhythmically pastoral sound from the most basic of sources. Due for release in November 2012, the album comes packaged in a double, fold-out digipak with a bonus CD of remixes from the likes of Strategy, The Humble Bee, Brave Timbers and Chessie.
Northerner is Bradford based artist, Martin Cummings.
With one well received EP "There'll Be Other Holiday's" released on the Misplaced Music imprint early in 2008 and contributions to The Declining Winter's "Goodbye Minnesota" long player, he released his debut album "The Ridings" in February 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. A further EP entitled '1976' was issued on Hibernate Recordings in October 2009.
His second full length album, 'I Am On Your Side', was released in March 2012 and saw Cummings expanding his sound to take in elements of Balearic funk, hip hop, dub and techno in an album that may have come as a surprise to fans of his earlier works, with Norman Records describing it as "an impressive, highly original album which importantly unfurls more of its charms on each play".
His sound has been described as "ranging from lovingly constructed neo-classical evocations to haunting electronic lullabies and Arthur Russell influenced minimalist techno". Misplaced Music
The Green Kingdom
The Green Kingdom is Michael Cottone , a graphic designer and sound artist based in Michigan. A self-taught musician, he began learning the guitar and progressed to a variety of instruments, eventually incorporating digital sound design and production methods.
Interested in creating compositions which blur the lines between soundscape and structure while keeping a sharp focus on melody, his skill is in using a variety of digitally manipulated acoustic and electronic sources, sampled textures, noise and field recordings. Imbued with a sense of 'optimistic nostalgia', his soundworlds encourage introspective exploration and provide an escape from our sometimes hectic lives.
Following releases on the SEM, Smallfish and Own labels, he released the album, 'Prismatic' on Home Assembly Music in September 2010 which was issued with a bonus CD or remixes from the likes of bvdub, The Boats, Part Timer and inch-time. "....presenting whirled electroacoustics and quiet, melodious drones across forty-five wonderful minutes....getting that all-important balance between harmony and texture just right". Boomkat
Fieldhead is Paul Elam, a resident of Leeds, UK and latterly Vancouver, Canada. He produces ambient/electronic music that delights in tape hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analogue loops. He is also a full time member of The Declining Winter and a part time member of Glissando's Fleeting Glimpse Ensemble. He released his debut EP, 'Introductions' in 2008. A split EP with Copenhagen's Iris to Hypnos was released on Static Caravan in late 2009, with a further mini album "Riser" being released on 10" vinyl courtesy of Gizeh Records. He has toured quite extensively throughout Europe and the UK alongside such names as Jasper TX and Grouper.
The debut album from Fieldhead, entitled 'They Shook Hands For Hours' was released in November 2009 on Home Assembly Music with a limited bonus CD of remixes from the likes of Machinefabriek, Pausal, Jasper TX and Seaworthy.
"Whether it is through found sounds, processed loops, or instrumentation, the creation of rich melodies is what drives the album, an approach that recalls the likes of Boards of Canada and Fennesz". The Silent Ballet
The Declining Winter
The Declining Winter is the brainchild of Hood co-founder Richard Adams.
2008 saw the release of the critically acclaimed 'Goodbye Minnesota' CD on Ireland's Rusted Rail records, whilst Adams also took The Declining Winter on a successful tour throughout the UK and Europe.
'Haunt The Upper Hallways', eccentrically packaged as a 3 track, 7" single containing a ten track CD was released on Home Assembly Music, to blanket critical acclaim, in July 2009.
"Alongside his brother Chris as the motivating force behind English pastoral rock outfit Hood, Richard Adams extends that group's late-period move into gentle electronica, warping and glitching minimal folk-pop melodies played on bedroom guitars and drums. The quietly resigned tenor gesturing toward emotional troubles that remain just out of focus". UNCUT