Launching in the latter half of 2019 with an EP from an unknown artist, Nastia’s Ukrainian, NECHTO Records emerged from a distinctive and thriving techno scene, rooted in the purest sense of underground culture. Setting out to curate dancefloor-focused techno that gave particular platform to the underground rave sounds of Ukraine and the wider Eastern Bloc region, NECHTO promised raw techno energy with no compromises. Entering into the new decade, the second EP release is set to land from mystic-futurist, producer, DJ, Voin Oruwu; the first named artist to join the family.
Moving under a number of aliases, the Voin Oruwu guise of Dimitry Avksentiev is a multi-faceted character principled with both post-apocalyptic and euphoric rave sensibilities. Born out of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian social crisis, the sound of Voin Oruwu sought to channel the atmosphere of this period, one that, in his own words, felt markedly ‘post-apocalyptic’ and so formed the beginning of his story. Already unravelling his story, his releases to date have followed long-play formats, with his 2018 ‘Big Space Adventures’ album landing via Russian techno, electro outfit, Private Persons, he followed this run of form with the 2019 ‘Etudes from a Starship’ album via leftfield Ukrainian label, Kvitnu. Joining the well-documented Kyiv-based rave crew, CXEMA, as a resident, Voin Oruwu is becoming a figurehead within the Kyiv scene.
Debuting on NECHTO, Voin’s EP marries elements of tension with elicit dancefloor power, informed most notably by his residency as a DJ in the thick of Kyiv-based rave. The trance groove of Iterance evokes emotions of togetherness, whilst The Ticker combines assertive pace with lighter breakbeat patterns. The unhinging, ‘post-apocalyptic’ roots to Voin Oruwu show through in the looping craze of Circuit alongside the bubbling anxiety and flitting pads of Disturbing. Directly inspired by CXEMA raves, digital bonus track Sunray encompasses a true taste of the Kyiv gathering; the sun rises at 7am and 2000 bodies meld together on the floor. Listen to ‘NECH002’ via SoundCloud below.
Voin Oruwu’s ‘NECH002’ EP is out now via NECHTO Records