Genre/Influences: Techno-body, minimal-EBM, industrial-techno.
Background/Info: Ivan Borisov is a Russian artist who has been involved with several projects. He once started with an electro-punk band and finally started Ohota as a side-project dealing with a mix of techno and EBM. His official debut album “Russian Tape” has been released on the French +Closer², which is a new (sub)-label from Unknown Pleasures Records dedicated to ‘artists with a futuristic vision of electronic music’.
Content: The opening- and last track are into pure ambient music. In between these tracks you’ll discover a perfect mix of industrial-, techno music and EBM. The atmosphere hanging over the songs is rather dark. One of the most noticeable tracks is the free adaptation (cover version) of Madonna’s legendary hit “Vogue”.
+ + + : I first of all noticed a great sound production emerging from this work. Sound-wise the mix of EBM, techno and industrial is not that new, but I have to admit there’s something atypical running through this album. It’s an efficient osmosis between different related genres, with a real dark flavor on top. I especially like the industrial sound treatments, which sometimes result in overwhelming passages. “Posh” is definitely one of the most astonishing pieces of the work.
– – – : I think it would have been interesting to get a few vocal lines and/or spoken samplings here and then.
Conclusion: Ohota is an interesting newcomer, which will appeal for music lovers from different underground scenes.
Best songs: “Posh”, “Vogue”, “Diktat”.
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