Jul 2013 02

Dukstrab - InfluenzaDukstrab
Category: Electro / Industrial
Album: Influenza
Stars: 2
Blurb: A beat heavy dance floor focused album lacking the character needed for home consumption.


Another free release from Russian digital label Synth Me, Influenza is the debut album of electro/industrial project Dukstrab; spawned as a side project of DJ Adept after finding some of his work didn’t gel with the vision of another project. A somewhat typical blend of harsh electronics and heavy beats, Dukstrab doesn’t bring much new to the dance floor, but is sure to meet the needs of some DJs.

Dukstrab’s dance floor leanings become very obvious right from the start with “Andy’s Birthday,” but it also shows off a rather amateurish grasp of sound design and structure that raises some early red flags. Thankfully, the following tracks offer slight improvements thanks to a less dopey set of instruments used in their construction. “Wilkommen Varvara” is the first track to bring vocals to the table and they offer some much needed variety to the acts repetitive style. One definite strength of the album is that it manages to convey an oppressive and dark feeling, but despite this mastery of tone, Dukstrab’s work still feels very rudimentary and straightforward. With the album’s dance floor focus and heavy reliance on repetitive structures, this very basic approach quickly leads to the album wearing thin. There are occasional moments of creative flair that can be found in “Electrogypsy,” which attempts to build off of a traditional ethnic song, but it is unfortunately mixed in such a way that makes the gypsy music sound like a slapped in afterthought.

At the end of the album, the best way to describe Dukstrab’s work is transition music. As filler in a set to bridge the gap between other more successful acts such as Noisuf-X and Modulate, Influenza offers plenty of beat fodder for the aspiring DJ, but for just regular home consumption, the album is simply too repetitive and lacking in character to easily listen to from start to end. The album is still mostly competently put together and in small doses offers enough to get a body moving, but the album’s overall lack of a unique vision leads to many moments that will try the listener’s patience.
Track list:

  1. Andy’s Birthday
  2. Anonimus
  3. Wilkommen Varvara
  4. Fatal Error
  5. Dance in a Laundry
  6. Frost
  7. Electrogypsy
  8. Influenza
  9. Bier Zeit
  10. Pelmeni
  11. Zavod
  12. Sunset
  13. Automation
  14. Anonimus (P01Z0N RMX)
  15. Zavod (DeZtructor RMX)

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Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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