Georgian producer Gacha Bakradze is back with Monument, a punchy new four track EP of sharp club explorations that also marks his 8th release under the alias. The record comes via Fever AM, the Mor Elian and Rhyw (Cassegrain) led label that curates deep murky tones of acid and dub techno. It also marks the first piece of wax on the platform that isn’t produced by one of the two owners, opening up a new phase for the imprint.
Sliding between broken beats, intricate sound design and alien synth play, the well rounded EP comes built for both the club and intimate listening sessions, often entering ambient sways that hint back to his dreamy experiments as Winter Flags.
Ahead of the record’s release in March, we catch Gacha for a minute to ask for some of the ongoing inspirations behind his progressive sound, where he reflects on the works of Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin Parker, Béla Bartók, M.E.S.H., Autechre and more.
1. Michael Beharie and Teddy Rankin Parker – A Heart From Your Shadow
I’ve read that almost all the tracks were recorded live, with a cello, midi keyboard and a sampler. Very chaotic and harmonic at the same time. It’s one of my favourite albums of the last year.
2. Second Woman – Apart I
I’ve been listening to Second Woman a lot. I think they inspired my sound and approach to make electronic music. Complex simplicity at its finest.
3. Oto Hiax – Flist
A beautiful piece, from an unusually great album. Generic and rich sound design. Editions Mego undoubtedly is one of the best labels around.
4. Béla Bartók – String Quartet No. 4
This was the piece that introduced me to Bartok, It’s one if six quartets and I was completely thrilled! I find a lot of inspiration through classical music these days, messing around with compositions and music theory.
5. Autechre – Yulquen
“Amber” is a masterpiece, I revisit it from time to time and often play tracks during my warm up sets.
6. M.E.S.H. — Search. Reveal
I’ve read that he makes music with found samples and sources on the internet. Creating unique textures with such a minimal setup and instrumentation is truly aspiring.
7. Cyrillus Kreek – Four Psalms 01 Taaveti laul nr 104
Amazing Estonian composer. Found this by accident on youtube couple months ago and it stayed with me ever since. Listening to this very often, especially in the warm morning while taking a walk.
8. Carl Stone / Banteay Srey
I love the space on this one. A whole other level of melancholy and truthfulness
9. Lucrecia Dalt – Atmospheres Touch
Her recent stuff is amazing. Anticlines feels like she’s trying to explore hidden textures of harmony. I see myself in her music. Asked to collaborate but didn’t work out.
10. Kate NV – для FOR
Very interesting electronic musician from Moscow. Kate NV’s sonic portrait of her native Moscow is beautiful.
Gacha Bakradze’s Monument EP is out on March 11 on Fever AM.