One of Europe’s key figures in the drum and bass music scene of the 2000s – Sunchase – returns with his long-awaited album on Kashtan, a newly launched label from Ukraine, on 1st of December 2020.
Kashtan arises with the release of the renowned Ukrainian producer Sunchase, aka Alexander Pavlenko, whose debut album, ‘Static Nitro’, came out on Drone Audio in 2010. Sunchase had numerous singles on such cult labels like Moving Shadow, Metalheadz and Hospital Records and after 10 years he finally returns to the LP format.
His second album ‘Timeline’, just like the concept of the label, blurs the boundaries between genres of electronic music, and cannot be assigned to any particular style. The melancholic and abstract sounds give off a sense of reclusiveness, with drum and bass rhythms peeking and sometimes breaking through to the surface, yet more often they go deeper, creating room for bass music, dub and even a slight touch of IDM, thus creating a very special state. The album as a whole appears as a voluminous, complete, and aesthetically established piece of work.
“In 2010 I moved from Dnipro to Kyiv, which undoubtedly influenced the sound of this album. I often used a dictaphone to record kalimba, percussion, voices and more, taking inspiration from nature and its beauty, or the weather. ‘Timeline’ is an album of moods and a musical reflection of a period of my life,” states Sunchase.
Kashtan is a new Ukrainian record label. The primal concept of the label is to discover and to pick carefully gems of Ukrainian electronic music that are not defined and limited by genre definitions. The selection focuses on pure creativity, aiming for the listener to return again and again, despite shifts in trends and time. It was created and developed by Vera Logdanidi, a Kyiv-based producer and DJ, one of the founders of the Rhythm Büro project. Vera has been hosting a radio show on the waves of Kyiv’s independent project 20ft Radio for over three years now. The show consists mainly of unreleased tracks by Ukrainian electronic producers. Kashtan assists in presenting not very known musicians to a global audience and places them on the same level with already established producers, whilst also revealing their creative personalities. The community that is quickly forming around Kashtan is constantly replenished with new blood and fresh ideas where musicians exchange personal experiences and ideas.
The releases of Kashtan will be executed in a rather unusual format: it will be a limited series of collectible packs, including a USB stick with music and additional multimedia content, as well as other materials. These packs can later be collected into a catalog. Also, the LP will be released digitally on Kashtan’s Bandcamp page and all other known online stores.