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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.
Flux: Jelena Glazova, Astma, Kompakt–Katya, Blear Moon, and Sal Solaris
Improvisation plays a key role in a range of new electronic publications. All of them invite listeners to look beyond convention––and therefore far beyond nameable experiential states.
News from the Past: Tikriaeht, Sport & Music, NV, and Computer Graphics
Retrospection is a common theme in Russian and Ukrainian electronica. In some new recordings, it takes on a very different significance altogether.
Chillout: New Recordings from Microcosmos and Alexander Saykov
The St. Petersburg label Microcosmos has published three chillout recordings, examining alternative views of actuality. Alexander Saykov extends them––to Moscow.
Some of the Smallest Waves: The "Terminal Dream" Compilation, 2016
A new label in Moscow––Terminal Dream––is dedicated to local ambient artists. Brought together, they reveal some common ideas about sound, space, and purpose.
Deconstruction: Harmash, Mujuice, 4 Positions of Bruno & Gultskra Artikler
Against the backdrop of East European political and economic challenges, four recordings ponder the appeal of deconstructive gestures––rather than stately pomp.
Teamwork: Koett, Xio, and the Newest "Dirty Deal Audio" Compilation
For musicians working with minimal time and zero financial support, the role of teamwork is vital. Three new releases from Russia and Latvia celebrate joint effort.
Mapmaking: The New "Simple Things" & "Beryoza" Compilations
Three new compilation albums bring together dance tracks from Russia, Belarus, and Estonia. A range of producers from small towns and provincial cities join forces––in new networks.
From a Parallel Universe: Onuka, Zulya, Capo Blanco, and Liza Khegai
Amid four Russian and Ukrainian projects there emerges a telling view of lyricism in modern pop music. A three-minute, micro social narrative is more satisfying than society itself.
Lithuania's "Ritmo Kovos IV": Chaotic Sounds from a Hornets' Nest
A new and wide-ranging compilation of Lithuanian electronic producers has just appeared, entitled "Ritmo Kovos 4" (Beat Battle #1). It bears much social import.
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