Preview of the new 12" release out on July 2, including a limited run of hand-stamped split-color green & blue vinyl!
The delicious slice of nu disco here, featuring vocals by Miss Bee and remixes from Moon Boots, Satin Jackets and James Johnson, covering the full spectrum of summertime vibes!
Support from Pete Herbert, Kon, Cottam, Ashley Beadle, Dicky Trisco, Leftside Wobble, Sleazy Beats, Harri, Leftside Wobble, Drop Out Orchestra, Kolour Recordings, Get Down Edits, Rocco Raimundo and more!
A student of the Minsk Conservatory, Stepan Bitus began his musical career in 2000 when he joined “Drum Ecstasy“ – a percussion band well known both in Belarus and abroad. The unconventional approach of these artists allowed the young musician to see the world of sound from a new angle, and pull away from a more musically academic approach.
After 7 years spent with these drum virtuosos, Stepan moved to Moscow. Fascinated by dance music, he started to perform as a DJ in clubs around the Russian capital, collaborating with artists and fashion designers, and promoting events, as well. All the while, Stepan continued to develop his artistic style, applying his musical and technical knowledge to various instrumental experiments in his studio.
Upon moving to Vilnius, his project Monsoon Season was born. He had his debut release on Brooklyn-based Deep&Disco Recordings in 2012 with the song “Green On Blue” featuring Miss Bee, a collaboration he then revisited, kicking off 2013 with the single “Too Cold For Love” on Satin Jacket’s Glam Jam Artists label.
Through his both own productions and collaborations with some of the biggest names in the nu disco scene, Stepan has firmly established himself as an up-and-coming producer to watch. The future is actually looking quite bright and sunny for Monsoon Season
Stepan Bitus mitingus Minske iskeite į elektronika Vilniuje (Lithuanian)
"Balandi i mano pasto dezute pirma karta atskrido laiskas nuo Stepan Bitus. Tuomet pirma karta apie si muzikos aktyvista is Baltarusijos ir suzinojau. Jis prase paskleisti zinia apie savo tautieciu muzikantu nakti„Minskas Deep“. Taip uzsimezge kol kas tik internetine musu pazintis. emiau vis dazniau Stepana pastebeti miesto vakareliu kalendoriuose – tai „Studio 9“, tai dar kur nors, grojantį kartu su man neblogai pazįstamais personazais. Todel isgirdusi apie busima jo projekto „Monsoon Season“ plokstele Niujorko leidykloje „Deep & Disco“ nusprendziau imti ir issiaiskinti, ka sis ponas veikia Lietuvoje ir ka sako jo muzika." Skaityti toliau
"Pure summertime vibes! “Green On Blue” is the new single from Vilnius based multi-instrumentalist and producer Stepan Bitus, aka Monsoon Season. This beautiful track featuring the vocals of Miss Bee, best known for her collaborations with producers Mario Basanov and Sportloto. It’s a gorgeously warm piece of music that is perfect for enjoying a cocktail on the beach or relaxing by the pool. The EP includes three fine reworks by Moon Boots, Satin Jackets and James Johnson. You can stream Moon Boots’ remix of “Green On Blue” below. It’s so so good. Preview the full release here."
"The two core members are Stepan Bitus and Tania Goroshko, supported by lyricist Sveta Piatakova. Bitus himself completed a classical education in Belarus, specializing in percussion; this took him in the early direction of jazz and - after a while - to the Minsk ensemble Drum Ecstasy. This was - and remains - an outfit that puts the world to good and noisy use. The musicians employ the following tools in their shows: electric saws, drills, CO2 fire extinguishers, barrels, car brake-discs, "and other industrial junk."
Through it all, Mr. Bitus maintains the calm exterior required of a lounge exponent.
Here the traveling began in earnest; tours were conducted around Russia, Ukraine, Holland, Germany, and the Baltics. Bitus would also work on music for some of Russia's biggest feature films of the last few years. Employment as a DJ in various nightclubs and fashion show management have both kept him close to Moscow, although endeavors in related fields (animation soundtracks, for example) also mean that his ties with Minsk are never completely severed.
He first encountered Ms. Goroshko when remixing a track for her own outfit, Tanin Jazz; that material, too, found its way to the silver screen over time... Also from Belarus and classically trained (as a conductor), Goroshko has been combining her own academic expertise with contemporary fields since 2002. The direction of her those efforts is - in her own words - always informed by "good taste and a passion for creative experimentation." — David MacFadyen,
tracks are different from both TaninJazz
and Stepan’s former projects (DrumEcstasyamong others) as they combine live
instruments with fat synths, the artificial and the natural, melancholy and
naivety, the hot and the cold. You can dance to them, you can work to them, you
can [bleep] to them…they are a breath
of fresh air.
favorite is Let The Feeling Flow which is as airy as the title,
weightless, floating, out-of-this-world. Memory is moody and Tanya
sounds like a jaded, languid feline (she talks like a cat too, purring into the
receiver), the whole track is a long, lazy meow in music language… Heavenly
is sensual and mechanical at the same time, idyllic and hypnotic, dripping
drops of dew into one’s ear, perfect for the clubs, but not out of place in a
steamy bedroom with ‘Let me down there, please’ repeated pleas… I Do is
the strangest track, a bit alienated, with Tanya’s whispers barely human, with
live guitars and cascading synths, cutting through the air like miniature saws…
Gravitation, an instrumental track, with distinct club beats, comes as
if from below the waters deep, bubbling and burping from underneath, drawing
pretty ripples on the no-more-still surface. For something so distinctly
electronic this has some old-fashioned, vintage soul. Finally, something fresh." - Sviatlana Piatakova, Lyricist