Wednesday, 2 May 2012


SINGLE 'KOLYA' - Press Release

'KOLYA' is a work inspired equally by the feelings of dread on seeing the boy Kolya, heir presumptive to a totalitarian regime, groomed for succession and the sheer absurdity of the images thrown up by the propaganda machine that paves his way; toddler Kolya receives a choreographed military parade, boy Kolya meets with the Pope, waist high to his accompanying father, Kolya inspects the military's top brass, Kolya is awarded a golden gun.

At a time when North Korea is enduring a third generation hereditary succession in a dictatorship unprecedented in living memory, this song addresses Kolya as the spectre of all such dynastic cronyism, bemoans the longevity and resilience of such regimes and mocks them with their inevitable decline.

Sasha Ilyukevich – vocal, electric guitar
Chris Furness – electric lead guitar, keyboards
Ned Crowther – bass guitar
Phil Brunner – drums and percussion

Recorded by Evert Taihuttu, Vittoria Wharf Studios, Hackney Wick, London, UK

Mixed by Chris Furness, Vittoria Wharf Studios, Hackney Wick, London, UK

Mastered at Sage Audio, Tennessee, United States

Lyrics by Sasha Ilyukevich
Music by Sasha Ilyukevich and Chris Furness
Produced by Sasha Ilyukevich and The Highly Skilled Migrants

Artwork – Moi Tran

Single 'KOLYA' available for download on

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