Some young beatmakers and dub-techno artists present new work from Moscow, Rostov-na-Donu, and Mazeikiai (Lithuania). All four of them balance dreams of loud self-assurance with quieter, wiser forms of acquiescence.
Some hip-hop and neo-soul releases from Odessa, Rostov-na-Donu, Moscow, and Kostroma all consider aspects of modern faith. These recordings hold various ideals dear, but material experience often spoils matters.
The St. Petersburg netlabel Subwise has announced four new releases from around Russia. Taken together, they are a snapshot of material difficulty - and suggest how collaborative enterprise might offer solutions.