Young bands around Russia see little financial promise in their craft. Local reality does much to frustrate a material view of songwriting - yet an admission of those woes brings other issues to the fore.
Several cities associated with heavy industry produce new hip-hope recordings that clearly yearn for a more appealing location. Slowly those local concerns become a universal fatalism.
A collection of new hip-hop recordings shows the enduring importance of escapism for abstract beatmakers. A dreamy aesthetic offers a precious alternative to mercantile reality - yet the instruments required are pricey.