Seventeen promising DJs, performers, and producers from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia come together in order to improve the general atmosphere of collaboration. A common worldview transpires.
ITech Sound System is a St. Petersburg label, agency, and community. Despite the professional success of its members, ITech retains a meaningful connection to an underground ethos.
New work from St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, and Kiev inverts several assumptions of dancefloor hedonism. Discussions of physical pleasure become, instead, a preference for hushed introspection.
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 number of Russian electronic releases this week are all tied to thoughts of distant times and places. Those same dreams remain deliberately vague, since actuality is unpleasingly obvious.
A sense of time's passage hangs over four releases from Russia and Lithuania this week. Lessons learned in the past make chutzpah and cockiness very unlikely. A certain wisdom takes their place.
Moscow's "Fantasticka" collaborative actually represents a wide range of Russian locations and styles. Several members have now made an album together, singing the praises of common effort.
Moscow's Highway Records will soon release their newest "milestone" album, in order to showcase work completed over the last twelve months. What challenges, therefore, lie ahead?
A young label from the southern city of Krasnodar is producing some romantically inclined deep- and progressive house. Local reality inspires the search for something better.
From Kaunas in Lithuania, a couple of young producers use music as a form of immaterial, even ideal experience. Sound grants a sense of location and membership far from the material hassles of DIY enterprise.