The EP kicks off what looks like being a strong year for the Siberian-born producer
2019 looks set to be a big year for Siberian-born, Naples-based producer Anfisa Letyago: this is her first EP of the year for Nervous Records, and she already has two more signed to Carl Cox’s Intec label. It's a four-track affair, and although the mailer dubs it a tech-house release, it definitely has more 'tech' than 'house' in its DNA - which is no bad thing, as it's rather special.
The opener is the title track Bright Lights, which is minimal in approach and slowly builds into a techno roller based around a sample of someone talking about underground clubs back in the day with their "dark nights" and "bright lights". The next track is titled Go Back and starts with a massive kick and a bassline, then builds through layers of percussion and sound into another retro-leaning thumper which is again based round a simple vocal sample about wanting to go back.
The third track, Yessa, is very minimal in its approach, with a long, muted kickdrum-led intro which eventually adds a looped male vocal, plus a spoken female sample that's cut up so it becomes more about the sound it makes than the actual words. Finally you have Shot, which starts with a pad and percussion and is mellower than the other three cuts, but potent nonetheless with eerie synths and enveloping string samples.
For me the first two tracks are the most playable thanks to the vocal samples, but on the whole this EP is a tour de force from a talent that I suspect we will be hearing a lot more from in the future.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 18 January
Review Score: 8