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Moscow, Russian Federation
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Moscow's Highway Records is publishing a collection of deep- and tech-house tracks from around Russia. One commonality between the participants is an endorsement of self-education and diligence.


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.


As the Subwise label in Saint Petersburg releases a new compilation album, celebrating ongoing success in the North, a new project emerges from Surgut. Both foreground the value of joint effort.


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."