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Monokle

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The occasional fisherman and graduated psychologist Vlad aka Monokle is the newest member of the Ki family.

Monokle, a 26 year old producer from St. Petersburg, Russia has been making music since the mid 00s and has a massive creative output. As he says, he takes his inspiration from silence and Eric Satie is one of his biggest idols. His favorite label is Warp, so it’s no wonder that some of his tracks do have reminiscences with the British label. But instead of quoting the sound of his big idols, he give’s it an individual touch and continues the evolution of that certain kind of sound. His main influences were IDM and Glitch, before he got more in touch with Ambient and Drone. All these different influences can be heard as sound fragments in his tracks. Like in a caleidoskope, these fragments unite, get torn apart and in the end melt together again. Monokle says that “Music with simple rhythms and catchy beats gets me bored pretty quick”. So he got rid of static listening and producing structures, to go his own way when creating music. 

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Monokle - Saints

Monokle - Saints

Ki-LP03

The occasional fisherman and graduated psychologist Vlad aka Monokle is responsible for the third LP on Ki Records. The Title of the Record is „Saints“ and it will be available on Vinyl, CD and Digital.

It’s already the fifth LP release for the 26 year old producer from St. Petersburg. He’s been making music since the mid-00s and has a massive creative output. As he says, he takes his inspiration from silence and Eric Satie is one of his biggest idols. His favorite label is Warp, so it’s no wonder that some of the nine tracks do have reminiscences with the British label (e.g. Holt Found, Arrows or Homesick). But instead of quoting the sound of his big idols, he gives it an individual touch and continues the evolution of that certain kind of sound. 

His main Influences were IDM and Glitch, before he became more in touch with Ambient and Drone. All these different influences can be heard as sound fragments in his tracks. Like in a kaleidoscope, these fragments unite; get torn apart and in the end melt together again. 

Monokle says that “Music with simple rhythms and catchy beats gets him bored pretty quick”. So he got rid of static listening and producing structures, to go his own way when creating music. The Vinyl version of Saints got three bonus tracks in the form of remixes by Fybe:one, WOLS and Milinal. The illustrations for the cover were made by Argentinean artist Carolina Nino. Just like Monokle she works with different shapes and pieces, bringing them together in a new context.

*2012

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Monokle - Swan

Monokle - Swan

Ki-009

Before the release of his debut album on Ki, Monokle throws in an EP to show us what to expect. The beautiful track „Swan“ pretty much describes perfectly what Monokle means when he says that „simple rhythms and catchy beats get him bored quickly“. Being influenced by the music of the British imprint Warp for example, the Saint Petersburg based artist has pretty much developed his own interpretation of well, what should it be called? It’s Monokle!

He has his very own aesthetic approach to music and has a very fine hand for sublime melodies and atmospheres. On the B Side he teams up with his friend and partner Milinal. „Swan“ gets a proper retouch by Daisuke Tanabe, who shares Monokle’s deep soundscapes and is just the right member of the Ki family to get his hands on this EP. 

*2012

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