**** Na Nich – Super Earth (Semantica 144 – 2023)

Ukrainian producer Oleksandr Pavlenko, a new arrival on Semantica, feels at home in different electronic styles. For drum and bass productions, Pavlenko has run the project Sunchase, while the Na Nich alias is applied to ‘techno’, if to speak in general terms.

Joining his compatriots Stanislav Tolkachev and Etapp Kyle in Semantica’s extensive catalogue, Na Nich’s debut album keeps the focus on the floor. After the placid opener “Super Earth” with urban field recordings, “Object Binary” boards already a party vessel. The highlight is the tunneling cut “Overtaking”, about seven minutes of suspenseful ride that deserves several encores.

Reverb orgy “State Of Mind” keeps the heart and BPM rate up, while “Cause” and “Ground Effect” are further candidates for DJ sets. Ambient mood is not missing either, when “Ornament”, “Need” and “Melt” stand for serene moments in the album that comes both in digital and cassette format.

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