Russian producer Ponty Mython, which we had the pleasure of reviewing a few months ago on the special occasion of his Dirt Crew debut release, has a new release out since last week, this time on a fairly new, but already established imprint. Capital Bass was initially launched in 2006 as a club night in the busy metropole of Moscow, and since 2012 it expanded its local talent support through both vinyl and digital releases featuring fresh new Russian talents, such as Lokiboi, Formally Unknown, Pak0, Ol and Ilevina. Even though their focus has been mainly on bass music, CB has paid attention to Ponty Mython in the past with his Jesus release from 2013 and does it again this month with Alexander's newest EP: a 100% Russian export that features fellow comrades Lay Far and Nocow.
Known for his eclectic and out-of-the-norm style, Ponty Mython packs in Adverbs EP every little trick and every bit of goodness he acquired throughout the years and you an hear this all the way through the entire release. For the A-side, Ponty teamed up with Moscow house superstar Lay-Far for Gracefully, a filtered house banger filled to the brim with smooth-as-fuck samples, joyful glistening melodies, a groovy funky beat pattern, all powdered with plenty of sparkles and glimmers to hype up even the grumpier of you.
The B-side goes a lot deeper, dirtier and rawer with Afterwards, and here is where the aforementioned unpredictability really shows off. Alexandr's knack for the quirky and the eclectic comes into play with a showcase of broken beats and tight kicks, dark stirring pads, fantastic jazz-club brass samples, a marching-band trumpet cut & loop and the fattest bass-line we've heard in a house record lately! Oh and let's not forget the seamless vocal sample work and the extremely effective breakdowns and interludes, definitely our fav track of the release.
If you thought remixing was a mere job of choosing a few of the original stems, adding a couple reverbs and delays and re-arranging the drum pattern, well think again. The Sankt Petersburg deep ambient techno master Nocow completes the release in a deeply hypnotic fashion, where hints of the original track can be traced through the multiple layers of arpeggiated synth lines, metallic leads, and gleaming melodies. A hint of white noise, a deep rumbling sub-bass and gritty percussions complete the arrangement while slices of the vocals fade away into the aether.
Oh and if you're in Moscow on the 14th of November, make sure to check out the official Capital Bass release party with Ponty Mython, Lay-Far, Nocow (Live) and FStep at Konstrukt.