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A Vinyl Ethos in Virtual Forms: The SPEKTRAL VA MIDItation Album
A compilation album showcasing new electronica from Krasnodar not only advertises a reputable academy in 2017. It is also inspired by a vinyl past.
Fleeting Likelihoods: The New Subwise and Belka Compilations (2017)
Two important compilations of late have very diverse origins: indie tape music and downtempo idm or glitch. They are both, however, fueled by a lasting desire to be somewhere else
Firestorms on a Wounded Landscape: Ivan Erofeev and Zavoloka
Recent industrial publications from Kiev (via Vienna) and Moscow (via Omsk) juxtapose a factory-floor aesthetic with regional, chronically ailing networks
Keeping Silence at Bay: The "II Miracle" Compilation from Ezhevika
The Ezhevika label in Minsk, Belarus has published a new compilation of regional music. The contributors consider their bonds both to colleagues and predecessors.
A Refusal to Choose: Cadeu, Sal Solaris, Alexey Volkov, and Apex Sphere
New techno from Belarusian and Russian towns describes itself in neo-Marxist terms, as a repetitive or quantitative choice leading to qualitative change
Whatever Comes Out: Kruzhok, Kusto, Siberian Tsars, and Pia Fraus
Grounded in 1990s' shoegaze, new recording rock from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Tallinn have difficulty any finding similar inspiration in 2017. An argument ensues.
Abstractions versus Assiduousness: Nikita Zabelin, Koloah, and Doyeq
Minimal techno and bass publications from Moscow and Kiev bear an overarching theme this season: hard work. Their PR rhetoric, however, is not always enthusiastic.
Transported to a Cyberpunk Future: Raumskaya, Jekka, and Est, Est, Est
Three recordings from Saint Petersburg find themselves making social statements with tools taken from other towns and times. Cheap science fiction is especially enlightening.
Two Teachers, Shoulder to Shoulder: Anton Maskeliade and Valotihkuu
New publications from Anton Maskeliade and Valotihkuu have a pedagogical intent. The former artist is actually a teacher; the latter hopes to champion the importance of noiseless humility.
The Sounds of a Meaningless Heritage: Rock's Seasonal Roundup
As FFM reconsiders some of the Russian and Belarusian rock recordings of winter 2016, a common theme emerges of self-deprecation. Albeit with strange benefits.
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