Alexey Volkov has steadfastly pushed his hard-edged style of modern, industrial-rooted techno without compromise since first appearing on The Hacker’s Zone label in 2009. Quickly picked up by the French EBM and techno legend Terence Fixmer for his Planete Rouge imprint, the artists are cut from similar cloth, both having found their way from the industrial and techno ideas of their early output, inspired by DAF, Downwards, and many others, to a more forceful interpretation of similar influences not fettered by the mid-2000s minimal vogue or the excesses of electroclash. Also similarly, both artists have gradually risen as popular interests returned to those they remained behind. Volkov in particular made dramatic progress in the last few years, rising to worldwide notice on Silent Servant’s Jealous God imprint after a string of well-received EPs for Fixmer’s label. His recent work is his most assured, experimental, and probing, bringing his industrial and EBM influences to the fore more than ever while probing the formal restraints of techno itself. Now a mature artist making stunning, contemporary music which is the best in his career, Alexey Volkov channels both modern and classic influences into a combination that demands notice for the foreseeable future.