The MNMN label from Kostroma does much to promote the philosophically anxious end of Russian electronica. These four projects yearn for silence and solitude, but "fate" has other plans.
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.
A couple of web-based projects ponder the relationship of pop music to actuality. Should the ideal composition build a lyrical alternative to grim likelihood - or instead reveal social lacunae with a purposeful air?
Saint Petersburg's Electro Music Coalition has announced a compilation of young electro composers. The sci-fi romance behind their work soon gives way to the greater drama of actuality.
A couple of bass compilations emerge simultaneously from St. Petersburg. One of them gives voice to the hard, physical effort needed to run a net-label. The other turns to reverie.
VK Lobit is an online community, dedicated to the promotion and publication of muffled recordings made at very low bitrates. The reasons for that studied, small scale in many cities gradually become clear.
The young, yet productive netlabel Santon Records has announced an important compilation: "Crystal Waves." It showcases a wide range of artists working in future bass, trap, fidget house, and similar dancefloor styles.
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.
A forthcoming show, hosted by Moscow's Hyperboloid Records, will bring together some luminaries of the bass music scene. They will arrive from Kiev, Melitopol, Tyumen, and - most notably - the streets of London.
"We Are Russians" is a St. Petersburg netlabel that releases nu rave EPs and ironic forms of synthpop. These W.A.R artists, living in very different cities, all share a mild skepticism towards social "progress."