Mixtape Monday: Vakula

09.05.11 Posted in Blog by

During the last months the name on the lips of many techno enthusiasts has been Vakula. With high quality releases on labels like Uzuri, Quintessential and the Shevchenko imprint, the Ukranian producer came on the radar of many music critics. And with great remixes done for Steve Reich and Moodymann you can be sure that Vakula is a name that you will hear more often in the coming months.


Until recently, Eastern Europe and Russia have been a rather blind spot on the musical map. Artists like Nina Kraviz and the earlier featured Anton Zap change this and the latest talent to emerge from the East is Vakula. He was born in the Ukranian city Konotop and became famous for holding a residency at Moscow’s Propaganda Club. His high quality releases on respected labels helped to establish his name and during the last months the name Vakula has been emerging more and more often.

Vakula got his name from a character in a classic novel by the Ukranian writer Nikolay Vasilievich Gogol. Just like the writer, Vakula gets his inspiration from the Ukrainian history and nature, he remarked in an interview with MLAT. Next to influences by the tranquility and the diversity of the Ukranian nature, one can recognize influences of jazz, deephouse and dub rhythms in his music.

Vakula’s music stays away from bold statements and subtly lays out patterns, textures and beats that result in a diverse pallet of sounds. To discover this versatility, head over to his packed SoundCloud page. Here you’ll discover jazzy pieces like ‘Sleepily’ but also the track ‘Remix part 2 (love minimal version)’ that could easily be released on Detroit finest Axis imprint.

The mixtape below was done for the Juno Plus Podcast series and consists entirely of his own productions, “Music which is simple and melodious as Taras Shevchenko poetry and fat as Ukrainian lard

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