“It's a portrait of Russia now,” said Gosha Rubchinskiy of his AW17 show. Not set in Paris, New York or London, the Russian designer instead invited the fashion press to the Baltic city of Kaliningrad as he continued to shine the spotlight on the Post-Soviet State and its creative set.
Sitting within that portrait – front and centre – is BUTTECHNO aka Pavel Milyakov. The Moscow-based DJ and producer has been at Gosha’s side since he emerged onto the fashion landscape in 2008 and creates the pounding industrial soundtracks that accompany the designer's collections down the runway, season after season.
For AW17, that soundtrack was made up of a series of monologues spoken by each of the boys modelling. Explaining who they were, their lives and their hopes for the future, Milyakov layered the narratives over a series of atmospheric distorted sounds. It was a way of showing what the country's youth are all about—the producer included.
Fast forward six months and all eyes are firmly glued on BUTTECHNO. Fresh from his first London appearance in Tottenham—alongside a stellar line-up including Joey Rebelle, Lukid and the revered but elusive Zomby—his unique brand of abstract experimental techno is gaining fans across the globe.
To say that we’re psyched to have him re-launch the oki-ni mix series this week is something of an understatement. An exclusive edit of stark experimental beats and spoken word cuts, Milyakov explores the inner movements of the phrases and noises that make up the mix, discovering how, as he layers them, they become poetic and alive. The result is an intense, unsettling twenty-eight-minute trip into the mind of one of the most interesting producers around today.