Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske - Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske
Label // Smalltown Supersound
Catalogue // STSLJN375
Genre // Electronic / Jazz
Format // LP
Release Date // 26th March 2021
• Super strong first drop from Smalltown Supersound’s new jazz focussed sub-label ‘Le Jazz Non Series’
• Giske’s sought-after sax improvisations twisted by Pavel Milyakov aka Buttechno’s sound synthesis
• RIYL Colin Stetson, Asger Hartvig/MC Boli, Arve Henriksen, Beatrice Dillon
• Mastered by Rashad Becker
Smalltown Supersound mint a highly promising new jazz label, Le Jazz Non Series with a mighty opening gambit by techno mutant Pavel Milyakov (Buttechno) and explorative sax player Bendik Giske.
Both strongly regarded in their respective scenes - Milyakov for his dare-to-be-different techno, and Giske for a remarkable debut LP ’Surrender’- the pairing here surpasses each of their respective repertoire to date with a burningly intense form of hybrid electro-jazz that feels vitally restless and searching.
Produced remotely over the course of 12 months between Berlin and Moscow,, the album’s seven pieces portray the duo at an early crest of their collaborative, creative powers, revelling in the thrill of invention and innovation with Giske’s physical, improvised prowess matched for fleeting unpredictability by Milyakov’s bespoke modular systems.
The results are tangibly brittle but in an immersive, world-building fashion that speaks to the openness and mutuality of their visions, removing any excess fat and never testing attention spans, they move in quick steps between searingly emotive bursts of energy and naggingly rhythmic jags, skipping from peaks of breathtaking flightiness to cavernous skronk and ghost-in-the-machine divinations with elemental logic and dexterity.