From Ulan-Ude to the hills of Bavaria, four Slavic musicians display new recordings, made both at home and abroad. They are all framed by discussions of the material sacrifice needed to support abstract values.
A couple of well-respected Russian netlabels have new, atmospheric releases to report: Moscow's Electronica and St. Petersburg's Festival Lounge. In both cases, the importance of distance is evident - and audible.
Several of the musicians who attended Moscow's recent Red Bull Bass Camp are from towns in Siberia. Given that common bond, it's interesting to see how they interpret the role of distance - or total absence, even