PPK was a Russian trance duo that was based primarily in Rostov-on-Don. The group consisted of Sergei Pimenov and Alexander Polyakov. The name ‘PPK’ is the abbreviation of founding members’ initials; K was for short-time member DJ Kordj (Roman Korzhov).
PPK became known internationally due to their single “ResuRection”, which was available to download for free on mp3.com. A few million people downloaded it and such a wave of popularity brought to signing a contract with Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label and was used to celebrate the New Year 2003 in Warsaw, Poland. Paul Oakenfold signed the record to his label Perfecto Records upon hearing it when he was playing a set at Gorky Park in Moscow. During an episode of his Planet Perfecto Podcast in January 2021, Oakenfold revealed that PPK handed him the record, which he listened to it on his headphones, and signed the record immediately.
This song was the first from a Russian act or USSR act to ever enter the UK Singles Chart. The song reached number 3 in the UK and Sergei Pimenov, Alexander Polyakov and band’s manager Yury Marychev were awarded with Silver Disc award certificated by British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and indicated sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK alone.
“ResuRection” was based on the original melody written by Eduard Artemyev from the 1979 Russian (Soviet) movie Siberiade and contained, in some remix versions, vocal samples of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.