The St. Petersburg label Microcosmos has published three chillout recordings, examining alternative views of actuality. Alexander Saykov extends them––to Moscow.
House recordings from Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova display high degrees of idealism. Sources of inspiration range from impressionistic prose to obscure verse and the Bible.
A handful of techno and progressive house publications speak to the hard, sometimes crippling effort that's needed to foster an ideal. Inspiration for an escape from urban norms comes from the wilderness outside.
Next month sees the release of an excellent compilation from St. Petersburg, charting the last two years of downtempo releases on the city's 3pBeats label. Seventeen tracks from some of the company's leading artists, many previously unreleased, are brought together to create a valuable summary...