Four dance floor publications from Moscow, Krasnodar, Tula and––eventually––Syktyvkar are dedicated to difference. They consider the risks inherent in novelty.
New dancefloor publications from Russia and Ukraine this week touch upon the theme of hard work. It seems that elbow grease guarantees little; even the most diligent souls need an occasional miracle.
Over the course of several electronic recordings from Perm, Krasnodar, Tula, and St. Petersburg, a fondness emerges for the lo-fi technology of the 1990s. Bad machinery recalls happy times.
Two important organizations in Russian digital music have joined forces this week: the Ritmo Sportivo label and Siberia's Big Echo webzine. The result of their collaboration is a twelve-track compilation: "Team Olympique."
The issues of friendship, fraternity, and civic promise inform a series of new hip-hop instrumentals. These recordings, produced at opposite ends of Russia, wonder whether tough material existence leaves any room for amity.
Some recent instrumental recordings have invested much energy in a certain form of modesty. By toying with irony and even anonymity, four introspective performers magnify the object of their attention.
Yesterday saw the release of our double album, "Antique/Astral," dedicated to the work of thirty young beatmakers. Here we offer a little context to their careers and current efforts.
Several instrumental and abstract hip-hop releases from both Russia and Kazakhstan consider various aspects of emotional promise. Surrounded by adult disappointment and material goals, these musicians ponder various (distant) alternatives instead.