The Konstruktiv label is run by Moscow based producer and DJ Alexander Babaev. Under his Rekord 61 alias he has released five EPs, including remixes by the likes of Radio Slave, Phon.o, Perc and Anstam, BuRu, Spencer Parker, Rolando and Unbalance which have charted and been spun by some of the biggest DJs in the techno scene. Although still mostly under the radar, Rekord 61 has built a strong concept for Konstruktiv, including a monthly radio show called Programma, where he showcases his considerable DJ and radio host skills and defines a deep, hypnotic, loopy, techno vision for his label and the tracks he plays out.
Some of the artists on the Konstruktiv catalogue were unknown to me at the time of release. The track that first caught my attention was “Curfew” by Finland’s very own BuRu, a brotherly duo from Tampere, which I coincidentally picked up at Beatport.
In comparison to other Konstruktiv releases, it’s a real techno hymn with a big room melody, a melancholic vibe, 130 BPM of driving percussion and a build-up section that got cheers on the dance-floor whenever I played it out.
When I dug deeper into the label’s catalogue I found “Sverh”, a Radio Slave remixed loop-techno tool, which comes with three different versions and fits into every DJ set and uses tracks as bridges to build something new out of the originals. The other releases are all settled between minimalist Detroit-style techno tracks and absolute prime time bangers.
Konstruktiv´s forthcoming release is by Austrian based artist Nauruan Stranger and will be out on November 2nd. The original tracks are laid back in their attitude, with a dubby atmosphere, acidic bass-lines, 303 chirps and multi-layered melodies. The remixes, delivered by BuRu and Rekord 61, aim for maximum dance floor impact. Both playing in the higher BPM regions, with harder kicks and lashing hi-hats and in-and-out fading melodies that will work best at 3AM in the club.
We should all be curious about Konstruktiv´s rise and keep a close ear to the direction its new artists will take.
By Jonas Orbiting – The Orbiting Giants Show