The latest, and possibly most adventurous contribution to the Snare series so far comes from a lesser known dj & producer based in Tyumen, a city located deep within the vast wilderness of Siberia, about 1100 miles east of Moscow. Module Werk (or Zhenya Klepalov to those that know him), has been buying and playing vinyl for the best part of the last decade and although little is available online describing his musical background, he is steadily rearing his head through the increasingly mesmerising and mysterious sounds of Russia’s underground scene; deservedly gaining the attention of clubs like Moscow’s ‘Arma’ who recently booked him to play alongside Move D and Alex Danilov, the latter of which is another of Russia’s intriguing exports.
Module Werk’s effort for us here is a truly refreshing approach for the series on a number of levels. In a market that’s flooded with overdone, hour-long promo mixes consisting of the obvious and unfortunately sub-standard track selections, that if anything make for a more mediocre and quite uninspiring ‘journey’ than they’re usually hyped to be, it’s the pleasantly surprising and uniquely creative offerings such as this mix that will often stand out as something worth sitting back and paying attention to.
The opening half an hour is essentially beat-less. In fact the only sign of anything close to a drum comes from the jacking 80’s track ‘Galaxy’ by Die Gesunden; which in all it’s electronic charm is suitably preceded by the beautifully melodic live performance of Kraftwerk’s Kling Klang from a show they played in Denver back in 1975. Digging deep into the archives of his collection from the off, it’s an impressive and tasteful opening for what follows. One could be forgiven for expecting the devastating drop of a kick drum around this point, like some sort of turning point, signalling the set finally taking shape having patiently waited for the ambient storm of the metallic synths and dark pads to pass over. However this is no ordinary club set. The suspense and anticipation is maintained with two finely engineered cuts on Acido Records, with vintage arpeggiated riffs and cinematic drones that dance and float around a warm dubby bass drum; the mood influenced perhaps by the trawling, sparsely populated and immense vastness of Siberia’s surrounding landscape Klepalov resides in. The industrial and rugged nature of his music here is evidently interconnected with his surroundings it seems. The vibe elegantly continues along this tip, even finding space for one of his own unreleased productions alongside some serious digger choices on labels like Chain Reaction and Underground Resistance. Module Werk has curated a real sense of purist heritage in the selection for this mix, with tracks spanning the last 40 years of the electronic music landscape; a mightily impressive feat in itself let alone the relevant and timeless quality of the individual tracks. Module Werk’s taste and ear for quality across a more selective genre is quite apparent here, and he’s clearly relished the opportunity to construct something out of what’s normally expected. Indeed it’s a sterling effort, executed with real class and unique individuality. Hopefully we shall be hearing more from this talented artist.