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Weightless: Lomovolokno, Xuman, Mars Needs Lovers, and Neon Lights
In Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, and Krasnodar a range of programmatic statements emerge from disparate musicians with new work. They all champion the creative process over any crude, material consequence thereof.
Interactions: Cepasa, Krjuk, Eclectic Sound, Harry Light, and Ponty Mython
A Moscow EP and a Kiev LP together offer a dancefloor philosophy in troubled times between Russia and Ukraine. The five artists involved suggest that private virtues might improve public norms
Kings of Empty Dancefloors: Korablove, Swaves, Luka, and Cao Sao Vang
Various professional and social difficulties lead four electronic musicians from Russia and Belarus to celebrate solitude, peace, and quiet. A distance from social life appears to produce superior sounds.
Simple Values: New House and Tech-House Tracks from Four Nations
Sergey Shyam runs a Moscow label called "Simple Things." Its core beliefs in collegiality and understatement are mirrored in other house and tech-house cuts this month, all published very far away.
Antique Forms of Social Improvement: Šuma: "Zołak" (Minsk, FFM35)
The work of Belarusian folktronica ensemble Shuma (Šuma) is defined with an intriguing turn of phrase: "digital archaica." A new collection of remixes helps to explain that bond of tradition and hi-tech.
A Retrospective Gaze: Dza, Mujuice, ZOLOTO, and Race to Space
Four new dance releases from around the Russian capital seek an escape from the daily grind. Increasingly, however, a pessimistic view of the future makes prior decades an attractive reference point.
Hardships and Hope: Vtgnike, Nuage, Ksky, Cream Soda, and Pixelord
The extremely gifted producer known as Vtgnike has been arrested and imprisoned in Vladimir. We consider the situation, describe his current scene, and offer some ways in which people can help.
ABC Galaxy: Captain Eureka (FFM11)
ABC Galaxy (Roman Skarednov, Izhevsk): "The 'Captain Eureka' album is an attempt to combine motifs of euphoria, pleasure, panic, and horror. There are parallels with the current economic state in Russia"
Spotovsky: Not as Close as I Want (Saint Petersburg FFM2)
Spotovsky (Saint Petersburg): "Everything's designed for psychedelic dancing... by people who are sitting down. This is the soundtrack to a game of hide and seek - with your own echo"
A Series of Minor Miracles: Stoned Boys, Cola Koala, L.O.S., and Ext
New dancefloor publications from Russia and Ukraine this week touch upon the theme of hard work. It seems that elbow grease guarantees little; even the most diligent souls need an occasional miracle.
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