Fueled by rare European grooves, psychedelia, soundtrack records, and old school superhero cartoon skits, ‘Villainz4Life’ marks the coming of Russian producer Galaktic Rogue.
Galaktic Rogue seems to be a man of few words. But something that came up in an early conversation with him, speaks volumes: “Rip It Up and Start Again.” With the phrase, he expressed how he wants to break free from a couple of previous loop-digging and MPC-tapping aliases. At the same time, the nod to a post-punk book and early 80s song gives away a bit of his own origin story.
Even more so after he’s only shared just one photo on any of his unsocial media: his MPC2000XL & SP-404SX setup, with a poster of new wave/post-punk band Siouxsie and The Banshees next to comic-style Madvillain, covering the last bit of visible wall between hundreds of cassette tapes, vinyl records, a Doctor Doom collectible figure, a shelved Akai LPK25 MIDI keyboard, and stacks of CDs.
Back to the “Rip it up” part: that’s what Galaktic Rogue shows on his ‘Villainz4Life’ beat tape. No drum break or obscure groove was safe. The heavy beats are intertwined with old-school skits to tell the story of Galaktic Rogue. Well, as far as his enigmatic persona can be considered a singular storyline. As a wise metal-faced villain once said, “There’s four sides to every story.”