A new Moscow EP brings together four ensembles all fronted by women - in order to celebrate March 8th. More important than either love or romance, it seems, are a range of related social issues.
Two new releases from FFM. One is Ukrainian, the other is Russian - and both are instrumental. The difference between them, genres aside, is in their attitude to the weight of the surrounding world.
Sergey Shyam runs a Moscow label called "Simple Things." Its core beliefs in collegiality and understatement are mirrored in other house and tech-house cuts this month, all published very far away.
Art Electronix (Krivoi Rog, Ukraine): "In most cases, our compositions are made from collages of aging, defective sounds - together with old-school drum machine beats, all in the true Detroit spirit."
Some St. Petersburg electronic recordings discern a happy overlap between the workings of nature and a minimalist soundscape. Civic clamor, however, often sounds louder - and more crudely.
The Nenormalizm label has announced a new compilation, bringing together a wide range of artists from neighboring lands. The connection between them all is a celebration of metamorphosis.
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?
The Ukrainian duo Art Electronix have published some very dark and discordant portraits of massed, modern society. In other releases this week, social hope is found only in childhood or outer space.
Quiet sounds emerge from four industrial locations: Krivoi Rog, Kiev, Bryansk, and Izhevsk. In all cases, an imposing context of steel and smoke produces a contrary reaction. Minimalism is fostered among the chimneys.