The theme of time is foregrounded by several new publications, but their authors remain unsure of an ideal outlook: forwards to the future––or back to a superior past?
The St. Petersburg label Microcosmos has published three chillout recordings, examining alternative views of actuality. Alexander Saykov extends them––to Moscow.
A number of tech-house and dub techno releases this week speak fondly of solitude. Both isolation and introspection have a unique significance for those who work online.
St. Petersburg's Microcosmos Records has published a chillout compilation that serves to illustrate the meaning of downtempo modes in Northern Russia. Reverie travels very far from home indeed.
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.
Several new techno and Goa trance recordings hope to erase binary notions such as here/there, material/spiritual, and so forth. On a lesser scale, escapism can be satisfied with a good vacation, too.
As a new compilation of progressive and euphoric/uplifting trance appears, a couple of questions also emerge. How exactly does joy become "progress" and to what is it responding in the outside world?
Moscow's DAR Label is publishing some showcase albums of Slavic progressive- and tech-house. Despite the bold drama of those styles, they're tied to a melancholy reality.
The Yekaterinburg techno label Deep-X continues to publish minimal and industrial recordings from a range of Slavic nations. Common to the most recent releases is a noisy, determined spirit - one designed to champion peace and quiet.
A range of progressive house, breakbeat, and psychedelic recordings this week all involve some social critique. A positive alternative is found in two locations - a homestead and a (wider) homeland.