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Transplant Rejection

by Nikolajev

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Remorse 04:20
Gafs 03:33
Stifled 03:00
Immicible 06:16
Rip Lota 07:16
Believer 03:14
DDM 05:47


'Transplant Rejection’ is the second in a trilogy of cassette albums released via Muscut in the latter half of 2022. The work of Estonian artist and IDA Radio co-founder Robert Nikolajev, this collection of seven ‘almost’ dark ambient tracks embody the melancholy of autumn whilst hinting at the forthcoming eternal winter. A man with many hats, Nikolajev operates on the fringes of the leftfield house underground for labels such as Incienso, Collect-Call and Sad Fun as well as being one half of the sporadic DIMA DISK act with Ragnar Rahouja. Eschewing the more rhythmic side of his productions for this Muscut tape, Nikolajev taps into the fictional soundtrack atmospheres the label is known for and brings his own brand of wistful, introspective world-building by way of machine harmony to the now Tallinn based imprint.

There’s a lo-fi, grainy quality running throughout the collection, a kind of sepia-toned nostalgia that envelops the listener and disorientates any perception of time or place. Buried vocal fragments sit in the mix on ‘Stifled’ alongside decaying synthesiser drones whilst ‘DDM’ channels an edgy post-rock dirge with its use of sagged bass guitar. Overall, an inspired look into the more ‘at home’ side of this increasingly prolific Estonian artist.

Artist: Nikolajev
Title: Transplant Rejection
Format: C35 cassette, DL
Catalog: Muscut 24
Release date: September 22, 2022
File under: Electronica, Ambient

A1 Remorse
A2 Gafs
A3 Stifled
A4 Immicible
B1 Rip Lota
B2 Believer


released October 14, 2022

Mastering by Gennadiy Boychenko
Artwork by Broshuda
Riso print by Hands on press
Muscut, 2022


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