DJ Slon и Жуткий Лазер - Album No. 1 2xLP (Gost Zvuk, 2022)
"For Oleg Azelitskiy, known as DJ Slon, the nineties and the first half of the aughts were an era of “firsts”. First squat parties on the banks of the Obvodny Canal and more legitimate ones at Tunnel, first proper techno club in Russia. First DJ sets, first vinyl records in his collection, first radio shows at Port FM. He is a true veteran of the Russian techno movement, who carried his love for the genre through three decades and inspired more than one generation of musicians. Album №1 is the first edition of his music on vinyl. It comprises the music that Azelitskiy made during 1995 – 2005, except for the track My 40th Vesna, produced in 2010.
Azelitskiy’s love for techno was born out of contradictions. Thanks to the Soviet synth band Zodiac and the French pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, he had loved electronic music since his childhood. When he grew up, he got into the dark, introspective pieces by Einstürzende Neubauten and Bauhaus. Not only does the wide-ranging palette on Album №1 reflect its creator’s taste, it echoes the changing times of the Russian nineties. It was the time when confrontations with criminals were inseparable from the parties and get-togethers bustling with local artists.
His affection for various genres led to many monikers and projects, all represented here on Album №1. He recorded most of his music as DJ Slon. Then there was a project Zhutkiy Lazer (Scary Laser), where Azelitskiy made music that was more experimental but still techno-oriented, with the occasional help of his friend Aleksey Gaponenko (Lazer became a proper solo project of DJ Slon in 1999). There are also tracks under the aliases Mass Fatality, which combined techno and synth-pop, and Razrushiteli Mozgovych Uliev (Brain Hive’ Destroyers), with its more direct tight techno tracks.
The music of DJ Slon sounds fresher and more alive on Album №1 than ever before. Noticeably, this record, first and foremost, is dance music. As a voice on one of the album tracks boldly states, we came to dance." - GZ