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Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation
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Odessa, Ukraine
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Genres

Dance

New dancefloor offerings from Russia and Estonia struggle with viable forms of optimism. "Escapism" becomes less a matter of hedonism and more a conscious response to unsatisfying actuality.

Electronic

Grave Board Clan is a Belarusian collective of electronic musicians, founded ten years ago. They just published a major "Sample Pack," designed to showcase the GBC and encourage collaborations.

Pop

The Los Angeles label Not Not Fun has just published a compilation of six female electronic artists. Resident in both Russia and Ukraine, they offer a peaceful, creative alternative to recent events.

Rock

Two new releases, both connected to Moscow life, declare the appeal of a slacker's worldview. A couple more, from Kiev and Saint Petersburg, have greater faith in the importance of hard work and daydreams.
We have often written with both fondness and affection for the Ukrainian minimalist duo known as Art Electronix, based in the city of Kryvyi Rih. One enduring emphasis in those prior discussions has been a connection between A.E.'s music and its birthplace. Kryvyi Rih sits deep within an industrial region, which is increasingly challenged by modernity's transition from heavy to digital enterprise. A polluted address continues to huff and puff, producing large amounts of acrid smoke as if physically laboring under its own weight.
The work of Belarus' folktronica ensemble Shuma (Šuma) is currently defined with an intriguing turn of phrase: "digital archaica." Regional or national folk traditions are sought, saved, and vivified with modern technology. The musicians' preference is for folk material that was once - purportedly - used in "pagan rituals." The past offers a greater sense of civic discipline than the present. The band's current lineup is rather lengthy: Rusia and Nadzeja Chuhunova take responsibility for vocals. They are joined and supported by musicians and sound producers Alexis Scorpio and Nick Cherny. Behind them stand Alexey Budzko (bass) and Pavel Gorbach (drums). The last of those colleagues is already well known to us from his solo work.
The Moscow band called Motherfathers have long been associated with the capital's noise and experimental rock scenes. Now, however, they are publishing a drone EP designed overtly as sonic therapy. To general surprise, the musicians suggest parallels with Coil, Chris Rea, classic techno - and the soundtrack to "Miami Vice."