Much like their 'Lama' remix collection from earlier this year, Ummagma have opened up the door for a variety of different musicians to put forward their take on new release 'Kiev'. The original adheres to their own experimental electro-dreampop approach; no two songs are the same yet they all somehow bear the hallmarks of the duo's style. Mellow but vibrant, and retro yet paradoxically current with it, manufactured beats mix it with guitar twangs and layered, almost swirling vocal effects.
Elsewhere, Sounds Of Sputnik returns the favour (Ummagma guest on his new album) by supplying a slightly more upbeat and lush version; fellow SoS collaborator Mind Movies goes all vintage electronica on us, smothering the song with bleeps and glitches that could be from an '80s computer game; that decade rears its head again on Statickman's dancey, synth-pop makeover; David Garcet takes us for a late night chillout; we move well into the ethereal realm with Haioka's eerie echoed vocals and reverberating piano - and these few are just for starters. There are a whopping nine variations in total, and each brings something new to the table. When you plot a map of where each artist is from (Japan, Brazil, Russia and more), this becomes a truly global affair, something that would have been difficult even a decade or so back. The digital age may have changed the way we make and consume music, and sometimes it may appear to have been a negative influence. But when you can assemble a community of artists from such a widespread area, giving them much needed exposure and compiling a collection like this, you have proof that it can just as easily be used as a positive tool.