Ummagma - Rotation/Live & Let Die (Emerald & Doreen Recordings) 
Ummagma - Rotation/Live & Let Die

Right, try to keep up with this: Ummagma is a duo formed in Moscow, by a lady from Whitehorse (that's in Canada) and a gent from Kremenets (in troubled Ukraine) who make delightfully dark and seductive dream pop. This single has been sent to me with a request to help spread the word that, despite the recent difficulties experienced in Ukraine, the country still has a lot to offer including great new music as one half of this double act. 'Rotation' is a triumph made of synthesizers that come in ever increasing waves and drums that just get bigger, louder, better and harder. That doesn't even take in to consideration the subdued but oh-so-cool vocals that impart the words "Your head is full of noise that can't be drowned out by your radio". The other half of this double-A side release is 'Live & Let Die' which, surprisingly, is not a cover of the McCartney staple. Instead it is a beat driven piece of chaos-pop held together by the dulcet tones of the Canadian half of the act, Shauna McLarnon. On this evidence, not only is Ukraine producing some great music whatever is going on politically and socially but also it is further evidence that Canada's musical stock is on the rise. Satisfying stuff.

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