Volchok (tr: Wolf Cub) began - and endure - as a duo: Larisa Timerkaeva and Ilya Udovenko. Originally from the industrial, provincial city of Izhevsk, they both now operate from Moscow.
One of the biggest - and most basic - choices faced by a Slavic band today is that of language. The same choice is often dictated by assumptions of better job options, either abroad or at home.
Cooper Phillip, as readers of FFM know, is a Los Angeles-based singer of Slavic roots. According to some well-worn stereotypes, Russian pessimism falls away once her career blossoms on a distant shore.
ABC Galaxy (Roman Skarednov, Izhevsk): "The 'Captain Eureka' album is an attempt to combine motifs of euphoria, pleasure, panic, and horror. There are parallels with the current economic state in Russia"
It might seem obvious that anybody composing dance music would harbor thoughts of a busy environment in which he/she is eventually celebrated. These EPs, however, speak of quieter places.
A series of downtempo, wonky, and bass recordings from Russian industrial cities look for superior values. Nature's flourishing networks offer more appeal than factories and smokestacks.
"What's In the Box" is a sub-label of Moscow's Highway Records, specializing in deep-house and nu-disco. A fresh compilation is about to appear: between the contributors, a shared outlook transpires.
From a range of styles - bridging jazz funk and sedative wave - a common outlook emerges on modern subjectivity. Across unrelated publications, various performers see the promise of selfhood as inherently social.
Two young house projects from Izhevsk and Grodno ponder various forms of escape. One dreams of distant Jamaican beaches, the other of a homeless, immersive experience on the dancefloor
Last month, for the first time, we drew attention to the work of a young musician known as Plantae, operating from the industrial city of Izhevsk. Although his real/quotidian identity remains a mystery, we were able to unearth a reasonable context from various online sources. As we noted, "a littl...