Anton Kubikov and Maxim Milyutenko are widely known as SCSI-9 and are by far the most recognizable and booked house / techno duo from Russia. With a total of more than 50 releases and 120 tracks so far on labels such as Traum/Trapez, Salo, Freizeitglauben, Morris Audio, Highgrade, Force Tracks, Tyrant and Kompakt they have earned great respect worldwide and are famous for their eclectic and crystal clear tech sound.
What seems to be really impressive in the SCSI-9 sound are the strong feelings that each track carries, something quite strange considering the cold environment of their motherland. This Mediterranean touch made them stand out among the Russian electronic music community and gave them the role of the New romantics and the Originators of the Russian Deep according to the press worldwide. And as Michael Mayer wrote in one of his reviews In the contemporary electronica the name SCSI-9 stands for truth and beauty.
Almost four years after their latest album release, SCSI-9 continue their odyssey through the oceans of electronica, this time together with longtime friends at Klik Records.Inspired by works of Jean Luc Godard and Arthur Rimbaud, Anton and Maxim now steer their boat over deep and slow waters, presenting "Metamorphosis", their new album featuring dark, bass-rich compositions. Focusing in the sound that made them famous in the beginning they experiment a lot with dub sound and dark ambient and stepping away from the pop forms of their recent past.From the very first moment of the album we can hear their intentions. The atmosphere in Intronome is moody, foggy and mysterious. Long gone the cheerful and happy times. Once again the duos trademark is easily recognizable. Crystal clear sound. Schaukel Duo marks their new dubby statement. Slowly evolving into the perfect companion for an early in the morning back from clubbing drive, with the sound of a rusty swing going back and forth bringing memories of the past. Memories that keep on coming with Nostalgia, keeping a similar dubby tone, using a guitar to get us back on a summers night next to the sea watching the fire mood. Song From The High Tower and Im Lost include formidable vocals from Vienna's singer Gregor Ladenhauf, well-known as Zanshin and part of Ogris Debris. While Song From The High Tower retains a straight and driving but minimalist arrangement of a song, Im Lost goes more leftfield and deep with the effects on the vocals and uses deep dubby chords. Alphaville, inspired by the famous movie of Jean Luc Godard, is deephouse par excellence which includes vocal bits from Stylish Murphn morphed beyond recognition and samples of a duduk (a traditional Armenian pipe), thus matching Godards antiutopia. Dub instruments are used on most of the tracks, even in the more melodic ones like Nostalgia which perfectly matches with its mood to the cover pictures contributed by one of Russia's most famous art photographer Mikhail Rosanov, who shot them during a recent expedition to Antarctica and is going to show them as huge black & white prints in a museum of modern art in Moscow. With "Metamorphosis", SCSI-9 show a musical snapshot of today's reality and transmute real life experiences into their 5th full-size album with a totally new overall sound.