A compilation album showcasing new electronica from Krasnodar not only advertises a reputable academy in 2017. It is also inspired by a vinyl past.
Four new LPs from the wonderful Fuselab label compare two different experiences. They evaluate social potentials in 2014 relative to both nostalgic memories of the 1970s and the peacefulness of a non-urban address.
Mira Iskhome in Krasnodar releases some new recordings that are tied to Russia's southern electronic scene. For three other dancefloor publications this week, location is equally important.
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.
The southern city of Krasnodar is home to several productive netlabels. Two of them announce new material in which the unavoidable solitude of digital culture is countered with something simpler.
Eight gentle dancefloor compositions from three Russian cities voice support for a minimalist worldview. Muted sounds promote several understated values that are slowly forgotten in adulthood.
A new Moscow compilation appears of house producers, underscoring both the advantages and problems that lie ahead for Russian dance music. Places both sunny and smokey are involved.
In our second overview of Krasnodar's Aura Music, we find that certain values come to the fore. None of them are bound to financial or material success.
A young label from the southern city of Krasnodar is producing some romantically inclined deep- and progressive house. Local reality inspires the search for something better.
As a young musician from Krasnodar does much to hide his/her gender and location online, some other electronic artists find equal appeal in vague, distant realms. "Somewhere else" looks better than home.