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Electrosoul System

Electrosoul System is the production name of new Russian sensation Andrey Burtaev. Andrey's history is going back to '98 when he was exposed to production software by his brother.

At first he didn't really find the process interesting, even though being a strong follower of breakbeat genre, he continued trying his best to get into the realm of music production. And it wasn't for nothing as you'd imagine, later on music literally changed his life, becoming the first passion and something he dedicated most of his free time to. 

Goldie's album "Timeless" was one of the main inspirations to Andrey's progression as a musician, it was something that was making him come back to the studio every day and work on expressing different things in music. He dreamed that some day he'd be able to do something close to a masterpiece that "Timeless" is and put feelings in the music in a manner that will be as haunting and dramatic. Discovering the world of enigmatic production duo Source Direct added more deeper edge to his production.

But it was LTJ Bukem's Progression Sessions compilation that completely pushed Andrey into the deeper side of things. That time he couldn't dream that only few years later, in 2001, he will find LTJ Bukem cheering on his music and immediately offering to release it on his Good Looking Records.

Not only LTJ Bukem snapped up 3 tracks for his drum&bass label, but also 2 tracks for downtempo outfit Cookin'Danny Bukem was overwhelmed by the new talent he discovered. A year later Andrey was looking at Progression Sessions cd with his own music on it. He never felt more motivated in what he was doing.

By that time Electrosoul System's music was maintaing a strong pressence in dj sets of Good Looking residents LTJ BukemNookie, Future Engineers, plus Big Bud and Blame who now parted GLO. But eventually Andrey started to feel an urge to explore other dimensions of drum&bass sound. He went back to experimenting with harder edged vibes, adding more dancefloor impact to his tracks, producing unique blend of techno influenced edginess and almost blinding sonic depth.

These days you can see almost any style of d&b coming out of Electrosoul System's studio, yet it's almost impossible to mistake it for something else, the unforgettable depth is always there. Eclectic approach to expression is the key thing for Andrey at the moment: house music, downtempo, breakbeat are amongst those genres that you can find him producing with side projects.

Electrosoul System can also be spotted branching out on dj circuit for the past few years. And it wasn't long till he was offered to hold a residency at Moscow-based premier bi-monthly "Steppin' Sessions" at Ballantine's Bar. The only regular drum&bass event in Russia, going strong for 3 years and constantly exposing UK & international talent to Moscow's night life, thus holding a very unique position. So far during his perfomances in Moscow and other russian cities, Electrosoul System have played alongside Goldie, Bad Company, Ill.Skillz, Blame, Muffler, LTJ Bukem, D-Bridge, Noisia, Mark "Ruff" Ryder, Freestylers, Nookie and Big Bud amongst others.

Knowing Electrosoul System's wide range of musical tastes, one of the Moscow's top spots Courvoisie Cafe have recently offered Andrey to compile and mix a cd for Russia's biggest mainstream music/culture magazine Afisha, it was released with a press run of 100.000 copies. Cd also featured an exclusive Electrosoul System mix of Ashley Slater's(Freakpower) "Betterway". Electrosoul System is a frequent guest at the events in most of the post-soviet countries these days, but he has recently toured Austria and will be touring other european countries later in the year.

And it all just starting up for him. Not forgetting forthcoming material scheduled for release on a wide range of labels, from top notch international imprints Defunked, Phuturo and Nerve, to more futuristic-oriented merchants like Fokuz, Cov.Ops, Scientific, Camino Blue, Midnight Sun and Test Flight.

No wonder that Electrosoul System been causing bit of a buzz on a worldwide scene recently and his productions are getting attention from the likes of John B, LTJ Bukem, Marcus Intalex, Pendulum, High Contrast, Blame, Bryan Gee, L Double, JuJu, Nookie, The Upbeats, Mathematics, Psidream, Paul Reset, Noisia, Pyro as well as many premier european DJs.