The Ezhevika label in Minsk, Belarus has published a new compilation of regional music. The contributors consider their bonds both to colleagues and predecessors.
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.
Three recordings from Saint Petersburg find themselves making social statements with tools taken from other towns and times. Cheap science fiction is especially enlightening.
Four days after teachers in Dagestan were told their job has no inherent worth, various new recordings investigate fantasy and (absolutely) nothing.
CXEMA (The Scheme) is an underground techno community in Kiev. Four new podcasts, each showcasing an electronic artist, are unavoidably framed by recent events.
Toying with the basic structures of techno or glo-fi, four new recordings from Siberian artists consider a different kind of escapism. Psychology slowly takes the place of dance-floor frippery.
Four dance floor publications from Moscow, Krasnodar, Tula and––eventually––Syktyvkar are dedicated to difference. They consider the risks inherent in novelty.
New electronic and electroacoustic recordings from Russia and Belarus speak in doubting terms about the near future. Should one turn to faith––or good deeds?
A series of new publications from St. Petersburg, Moscow, and provincial Belarus all give thought to the slimmest of differences between matters "cosmic and comic."
Although none of these recordings are dance music in the strictest, most canonical sense, their dalliance with rhythmic escapism and abandon is crucial.