Straight out of Kiev

Cape Cod is representing Ukrainian music on the global stage.

Emerging from Kiev’s wave of uprising young creatives, musician and producer Cape Cod, otherwise known as Maksim Sikalenko, aims to cut through the world’s infoglut with his 14-track album “Echoes,” out today.

Exercising a diverse and innovative approach to electronic music, Cape Cod has cultivated a dedicated following through his eclectic past offerings. Dropping his debut “Cult” album in 2016, Maksim spurred Kiev’s rave culture renaissance, offering outsider art a much need voice in the mainstream market. Today, Cape Cod sets his sights on achieving international recognition with “Echoes,” bringing his cosmopolitan concept to life with the help of a diverse array of international vocal talent, hailing from the USA, UK and Ireland. Experimenting with R’n’B, Soul, Hip-hop, Disco and Pop music, the album’s 14 tracks all share Cape Cod’s signature electro flare.

Capturing a carefree and sunny disposition, the album’s opening track “Sunsay” features a floating, nostalgic bass line that resonates beneath Richard Farrell’s blues inspired vocals. “Good Company Girl” shows off the delicately silky tones of YMTK (aka Young Murph The Kidd). Boasting fluent rhythms and intelligent melodic riffs, the cut’s outro shines a spotlight on Straytones’ smooth guitar solo as it sings above a fading ethereal soundscape.

Sharing a mutual love for acid jazz, Cape Cod reinstates the bluesy vocal delights of Richard Farrell for “I’m Coming Home”, adding jazz flute inflections over his trademark funk-inspired bass line. The feel-good “Fight” showcases disco-dipped vocals courtesy of Cheshy and perfectly demonstrates Cape Cod’s application of modern technique to a classic genre. “Just Because Of You” marks a first for the Ukrainian sensation as he turns his hand to lyric writing alongside vocalist Daramola for this upbeat pop offering. Stepping away from the somewhat stagnant framework of dance music, Cape Cod poses as a breath of fresh air as he breaks into New Beat music for “Let Me Know” (feat. TONYB.). On the album’s penultimate track “Wondrous Spirit” (feat. Richard Farrell), Cape Cod experiments once more with deconstructed break-beat and its crossover into pop, maintaining the album’s feel-good overtone.

“The key theme of my second album is information noise, relationships and personal echoes from the past,” Cape Cod told us about the album. “In order to feel the atmosphere and vibe of the album, you need to make an escape from the state of daily informational stress and listen to the full-length album from the beginning to end. I wanted to record not just a bunch of separate tracks, but to create one big piece of music. Each part of which works like a cog in a large mechanism.”

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