Tetris by Tetris - PORK RECORDINGS [PORK079] FLAC download included with physical items


A 9 track beats & breaks album (1h 1m 25s) — released April 2nd 2001 on PORK RECORDINGS

Over the last few months, a stream of Pork artists have had the good fortune to DJ in Russia, and as is so often the case, like-minded musicians always find ways of meeting up. And so it was with Pork. Taking a few drinks at the cultural watering hole in Moscow called Propaganda, Pork stumbled across a group of highly talented musicians called Tetris, live residents at the afore-mentioned venue. Tetris are Vlad Lozinski, Pasha Hotin, Dima Rubezhov and all are accomplished musicians: if nothing else the Communist regime under which they were brought up instilled in them great musicianship. When the iron curtain finally was drawn back, the music that found its way over to the 'trendier' parts of town was that made by such labels as Pork, with albums by Fila Brazillia, Baby Mammoth etc making staple listening for the boys. Which is why there is a thread of 'Pork' style in this release, although of course the lads add their own special twist. Being essentially a live band, the whole album can be performed live by the group, something which the label is hoping to bring over to the UK very soon. For once we are pleased to announce the Russians are most definitely coming.'

Recently, artists from Hull's Pork Recordings have been on a busman's holiday to Russia, which makes sense given that the two places share a combination of bitter weather and questionable town planning. One of the results is this album from Muscovites Vlad Lozinski, Pasha Hotin and Dima Rubezhov, collectively known as Tetris. Like the Pork crew, they make music that is diametrically opposed to their surroundings; hence their eponymous debut is an album of slo-mo, digitised lounge funk that, at times, is up there with World of Apples and Thievery Corporation. Take the highlight 'Mellow', a dubby, tripped out groove with booming subs, silky Rhodes and off-key synths that showcases the trio's blunted loungecore approach to great effect. And they're nothing if not versatile: 'Bye-Bye Baby' is a jazz number in the St Germain style, 'Nocturne M.T' is dream-like come-down bliss and 'Two Hours' is sub-acid jazz. At times a touch polite, 'Tetris' is nonetheless most worthy of your attention. - Rob Wood Jockey Slut

The beats here range from hip-hop to trip-hop to acid jazz, all set deep in the groove and free of the relentless techno thunk of robo drummer. Into this groove, Tetris weaves a luxurious tapestry of live and synthesized sounds, rich with reminders of 1970s Fender Rhodes and Moogs, of Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Hancock during the optimistic dawn of jazz fusion. A playful, delightful and thoroughly sunny session from a Russian trio discovered by Pork DJs visiting Moscow. - Orange County Register

The Moscow - Hull axis is one of music's least explored highways. But possibly, with the release of Tetris' eponymous debut, not for long. Tetris are three Russian beat comrades named Dima, Pasha and Vlad (natch) signed to Pork after the Yorkshiremen jollied to Moscow's Propaganda club last year and spotted the trio at work. The result of this Anglo-Russian coupling is a cool, beat-heavy lesson in laidbackery, the only hint to its heritage being a picture on the sleeve of a lurid tracksuit bearing the 1980 Moscow Olympics crest. Fans of Mr Scruff, Thievery Corporation or Lemon Jelly, among others, will lap up the cheeky, funk-fused lo-fi, sampledelica on board, as will anyone who enjoys their music on the rocks and suitably chilled. Like their namesake, Tetris are simple, block-rocking and unaviodably addictive. - Jane Fitz-Gerald 7

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