Review: Russian has long been a world unto its own when it comes to electronic music. Often the sounds reflect what we think we know about the vast country and that is the case here on a blistering new 2 x 12" from Buttechno. "Xsaw" is a dense blizzard of white noise and buzz saw synths that gets you on edge. "The Big R" is fun of suspense and paranoia and "Sirenius" is mysterious synth melodies with arresting blasts of dystopian noise. There are plenty of other haunting and unsettling soundtracks, art noise sketches and bleak moments of musical cinema that are brilliantly beguiling.
Review: Jagged textures, ghostly tones and frenetic notes are omnipresent on "Filterealism", a highly experimental 9-track odyssey of warbling, jittering, metallic sounds that's quite possibly going to be like nothing you've heard before. Or at least that's the case on "Aluminium Dub", where tribalism meets futurism, or "Kosmaj", which could be read as an exercise in spatial awareness - a series of echoed synth stabs and whirring sounds where gaps say as much as the keys. Elsewhere things are less mind-bending, although only slightly. "All This Is Not A Dream", for example, might be an experiment designed to see what happens when freeform jazz meets feint touches of jungle percussion. "Continental Outcome" chugs without dropping a real beat, "Photon Garden" treads close to a prototype of electro while remaining staunchly eccentric.
Review: Murky, crackly, lo-fi and densely layered, this first full-length excursion from Russian producer Kassir sounds like a snatched recording of a short-wave radio transmission that's come all the way from Moscow. Seeped in noise-seeped sonic textures, sampled voices, static noise, mind-mangling electronics and immersive, sustained chords, Brown White sees the unheralded producer deliver a mix-tape style journey taking in dust-encrusted techno, drowsy IDM, unsettling cloud-rap beats, weirdo experimental electronica and warped jungle. It's a seriously enveloping, atmospheric and entertaining sonic trip, and one that should find favour with all those who love unusual and immersive journeys through sound.
Daunen Und Federn (with Ebb Loops & Dritter Verkehrsring) (1:32)
Remove This Later (1:50)
No Money In This Room (3:17)
Dogheads Clowns (5:12)
They Broken This Track (4:03)
Knives On Cars (4:02)
How Late It Was, How Late (1:40)
Boat With Milk (3:24)
Trimmed Eyes (4:01)
Stash Box (3:12)
I Still Hate Summer (3:49)
Aerial Gymnastics (0:58)
First Snow (3:18)
Drugstore Phones (5:42)
New Sneakers (3:04)
Autumn In Chertanovo (3:46)
Review: Over the last few years, Piper Spray has been one of the more interesting artists to emerge from Russia's fast expanding electronic underground. While many of his releases have been criminally overlooked, it's unlikely that this latest full-length will be ignored. Featuring umpteen tracks, interludes, sonic doodles and bizarre experiments stretched across two slabs of wax, Drugstore Phones drunkenly veers between dreamy sonic tapestries, mutant deep house oddness, outer-space ambience, post rock weirdness, and the kind of everything-but-the-kitchen sink experiments that are devilishly hard to pigeonhole. And that's just record one. It's the sort of album that will take many listens to completely absorb, but you'll have huge amounts of fun in the process.
Review: Russia's Gost Zvuk label has long been a firm favourite here in the Juno office. Their glitchy, mysterious, futuristic music always makes for intriguing listening and now they celebrate five fantastic years with a compilation featuring a host of closely associated talents old and new. The bumper triple vinyl collection features paranoid experimental ambient that draws to mind covert spying operations, mangled machine music like INFX's "Damaged +dn", haunting modulated synth soundscapes from OL and skeletal techno rhythms that rewire your brain like Erofeev's "11bng". It all makes for a genuinely fresh and original collection of hugely provocative music.