Nostalgia Por Mesozóica by Nikolaienko Meets Arthur Mine (7" vinyl)

Vinyl record: 12 EUR
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Catalogue number: Muscut 16
Release date: March 6, 2020
Limited to 100 copies

After four years of silence that have elapsed since the release of “Ode To The Sea” LP back in 2016, Muscut is bringing out Nikolaienko’s next collaboration, a duo with Arthur Mine, a Kyiv-based keyboard maestro and an ex-member of the ‘Blacklazer’ band.
“Nostalgia Por Mesozóica” is an exploration of "experimental exotica" consisted of synthesized tropical attributes — an artificial landscape isolated behind the glass frame. Reminiscent of recording techniques and sonorities ubiquitous in the 60’s and 70’s, it could conceivably have been intended as a soundtrack for the Mesozoic Era exhibition at your favorite Natural History museum. Limited to 1OO copies. Includes hand-numbered and stamped postcard.

A Troglodytes 04:30
B1 The Ancient Musical Complex Of Mammoth Bones 02:56
B2 Muzak For Mesozoic Showreel 02:49

Arthur Mine: Arp Odyssey (track A), Venta synth-organ (track B2)
Nikolaienko: modular synth percussion, tape manipulations, processing, effects.
Composed by Nikolaienko and Arthur Mine and recorded at Labyrint Of Echoes Studio in Kyiv during 2017—2019.
Mastering by Flaty
Photos by Dmytro Nikolaienko
Muscut 16, 2020


Ukrainian label Muscut operates in its own weird and wonderful electronic universe, and next up is a first new record from Nikolaienko in four years. It finds him collaborate with Arthur Mine, a Kyiv-based keyboard maestro and an ex-member of the Blacklazer band, on music that is best described as eerie and exotic experimentalism. Occult real world recordings of water, birds, wood and metal are sprinkled over ambient synths to make for jungle soundscapes and retro fairground soundtracks that are bonkers and bizarre in equal measure. The natural and unnatural have rarely sat together in such perfectly unsettling harmony. — Juno

Coinciding with the Ukrainian label’s eighth birthday celebrations, Dima Nikolaienko‘s Muscut imprint celebrate a landmark occasion with the release of a limited 10″. Four years since the release of Nikolaienko’s last collaborative LP, Nostalgia Por Mesozóica finds the label founder collaborating with Kiev-based composer, keyboard master and former Blacklazer member, Arthur Mine. Built of synthesised tropical sounds, Nostalgia Por Mesozóica is an “exploration of experimental exotica.” ‘Troglodytes’, for example, reimagines the age of dinosaurs and their leaky cave-dwelling existence, through a distorted and nostalgic lens that evokes movie soundtracks from the ’60s and ’70s. — if-only

A pair of Ukrainian electronic musicians from Kyiv teem up on this exquisite 7inch single of retro-futuristic, exotica music explorations. Arthur Mine on Arp Odyssey and Venta synthesizers, Dmytro Nikolaienko on synth percussion and sound effects produce lovely melodies in the tradition of Andrew Pekler. Three short tracks full of tropical bird songs, pseudo-ethnic percussion and ritualistic, vintage analog synth. Great production and mix by St. Petersburg musician Eugenii Fadeev aka Flaty, author of a good album of electronica on the same label in 2018 (Wrong Water – Dozen LP). — Laurent Fairon