A compilation album showcasing new electronica from Krasnodar not only advertises a reputable academy in 2017. It is also inspired by a vinyl past.
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.
Four new recordings from Siberia, Karelia and Saint Petersburg try to contradict actuality with unique daydreams and fantasies. Not all of them work.
CXEMA (The Scheme) is an underground techno community in Kiev. Four new podcasts, each showcasing an electronic artist, are unavoidably framed by recent events.
Late last year, the online dance and electronica station RTS.FM celebrated its tenth anniversary. A new collection of sets and podcasts continues to shape a musical virtuality.
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.