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Staying the Course: Mindex, Gatilove, Davydov, RSAC, and Polar Lights
In an allegedly post-commercial environment, where hard work in the studio is no guarantee of a salary, the value of labor is often debated. The responses range from diligence to full-blown decadence.
Remixing as Transposition: Omauha, Dos Buratinos, A&1, and Evave
The Perm ensemble Dos Burtatinos has announced a retrospective collection of remixes. That reconstitution of eight years' work is likened to the sensation of being somewhere else entirely.
Aspiration: Evgeny Bardyuzha, Bring Bliss, and Four KOS.MOS Artists
In the face of geographic, commercial, and industrial challenges, these Russian and Ukrainian artists manage to stay optimistic. They take faith from history, Soviet rockets, distant stars, and poetry.
Social Systems: MocloVe, Sinuosity, Plandercozeron, and Sticky Monkey
New techno, dubstep, electro, and darkcore recordings look at the romance of industry. In a Slavic realm where human enterprise so often leads to failure, machines have a local, very specific appeal.
Optimism and Bomb Shelters: Clonki, Atarix, Knolios, and Autofish
New sounds from Omsk, Moscow, Kiev, and Donetsk differ stylistically, but are linked by a common concern over optimism. To what degree can the outside world be trusted and what sounds best reflect a sneaking anxiety?
Base Pleasures and Pain: Polymorphic, Mako Records, and Sub-Line
Mako Records (Moscow) and Sub-Line (Yekaterinburg) are a couple of labels specializing in bass music, grime, and/or dubstep. Within those styles - and between the labels - a common worldview starts to take shape.
Three Forms of Anonymity: Archngl, Dispex64, and Cutthroat B*tches
Here we focus upon new recordings from three cities: Samara, Barnaul, and Syktyvkar. All of those locations might suffer from assumptions of "provinciality," yet one needs to consider the style(s) in question. Some actually benefit from great distance...
Learning a Lesson from Mother Nature: Digital Kaos and Jet Peks
New recordings from Moscow and Uzhgorod (Ukraine) take a long look at the classic workings of drum and bass. Oddly enough, that same style then prompts some musings on social processes beyond the dancefloor
Moving Beyond Drum & Bass: New Work from Pryzma and Anastasia Tiiu
The artists under consideration here are from Mogilev and Tomsk. Despite the distances between them, they both show how the rumble of D&B has morphed into quieter, more contemplative forms
Pirate Station: Fighting the Economic Downturn with Grand Spectacle
As we write, the national drum & bass tour "Pirate Station" (Piratskaia stantsiia) is winding down. The images in this post were taken from a wide range of Russian cities over the first three months of 2010; these concerts have grown steadily from a show on Radio Rekord that was begun by D&a...
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