Several electronic publications look back on a fledgling, post-Soviet internet with nostalgia. The sounds and graphic art of the 1990s recall a time when kinder, more inclusive networks might replace ideology.
New hip-hop, rap, and reggae publications show a striking difference from US mainstream enterprise. Instead of any proud connection to a district or zip code, spiritual emphases predominate.
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.
Given the speed of technical evolution in modern music, even young composers recall the "limited" tools with which they once worked. Oddly enough, poor instruments are remembered with fondness, as they fostered DIY innovation.
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.
Now that the summer has come to an end, Moscow's RusZud label has cast a glance back over a season of break- and hardcore compositions, not only from Russian and Ukrainian DJs, but with a few French and Italian cuts, too. The result is a dual LP, modestly titled "RusZud #12," yet emblazoned with...
Though it’s easy to criticize the unedited structure of Russia’s biggest music portals, the rapid and enthusiastic development of podcasting deserves much praise, in particular for nurturing legal or “podsafe” music. Information about podcasting started coming seriously to Russia in 2004...