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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.
Lost Dubs: Bop, Dissident, Korsun, Oak, Nuage, and Electrosoul System
The Microfunk label in Saint Petersburg has decided to archive and advertise some of its premium material from recent years. The reasons for doing so are locally specific.
CXEMA's Schemes: John Object, Potreba, PRCDRL & Molodoy Chelovek
CXEMA (The Scheme) is an underground techno community in Kiev. Four new podcasts, each showcasing an electronic artist, are unavoidably framed by recent events.
An Almost Hallucinogenic Anxiety: Dza, IJO, 300 Degrees, and Escenda
Four dancefloor recordings, from very different locations in Russia and Lithuania, are linked by a sense of troubling, yet productive worry.
A Sweet, Familiar Melancholy: The Cancel, BMB, Tantsui, and Oligarkh
Objects of desire move further from home in some new house, hip-hop, and bass releases. As fantasy becomes a behavioral norm, some artists discern a historical pattern.
Hybrid Sound and Social Potentials: Happy New Year from Hyperboloid
Moscow's Hyperboloid label has a New Year's compilation to announce, including six tracks from Raumskaya, Cadeu, Koloah, Fisky, A.Fruit, and Baked Milk.
Twenty-One Outsiders: The "Cyberghetto" Compilation from Hyperboloid
Moscow's Hyperboloid label releases a new compilation, dedicated to the noisy residents of Russia's "cyberghetto." That neologism has several meanings, both local and international.
Tales of Independence: Gorbach, Niklavz, Despotin Fam, and Beatcase
From Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia, four new releases appear, all inspired by a hip-hop tradition. They also voice a connection to other musical events of prior decades - together with their social impact.
A Language of Hope: Life on Marx, Artek Elektronika, AMVI, and Acid Reich
As a British newspaper suggests that nostalgia in Russian popular music is inherently political, an alternative viewpoint arises. Many young artists fondly recall a time, rather than an ideology.
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.
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