Thu, 17 Jan 2013  /  4 Comments
This year's Sochi Winter Music Conference (SWMC) will take place from February 7th through the 10th.4 Comments
The annual conference will take place for the eighth time in Sochi, a Black Sea resort in southern Russia. RA's review of the 2012 SWMC described the conference as one of the Russian electronic music scene's "building blocks" that succeeded in bringing together some of the country's key music figures. In addition to daytime activities the conference offers—such as panels, lectures and roundtable discussions—the evening sees international and local artists perform in Sochi's bars and clubs. This year's program has Berlin-based artists Tiefschwarz, Jeremy P. Caulfield and MANFLY (AKA M.A.N.D.Y. and Audiofly) all booked to play.
Fri, 14 Sep 2012  /  5 Comments
For the next RA VS party, we're returning to Moscow for an all-night party at one of our favourite clubs, the cavernous ARMA17.5 Comments
The VS concept has realised some memorable nights already this year, and going head-to-head this time are two longtime favorites: Lee Burridge and Cassy. The former has been an international heavyweight for over a decade, but new fans maybe most familiar with All Day I Dream, his recent label and event series that pushes a more warm and intimate club sound. The latter broke through as a Panorama Bar resident but has since become a force unto herself, delivering her punchy and soulful brand of house all over the world, from intimate afterhours in Berlin to enormous gigs like Ultra Music Festival in Miami. With no fixed closing time, the pair will have the chance to spread their wings throughout the night and into the next day.
Burridge and Cassy aren't the only highlights on the bill. Joining them in the gallery are Raster-Noton artist Kangding Ray (performing with a full band), Russian techno specialist Dasha Rush and a staple of ARMA's label, Easy Changes. Meanwhile, Appleblim and 2562 will be dishing out bass music's crème de la crème in Bar17, joined by two of the club's residents. Detroit native Delano Smith shares the Studio with Dusty Baron and recent RA podcaster, Ukrainian house outsider, Vakula.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012  /  Post a comment
St. Petersburg producer Vlad Kudryavtsev, AKA Monokle, will release a new album in November called Saints.Post a comment
Kudryavtsev has been flying under the radar for years now, with a handful of past albums on esoteric labels like Germany's 12rec and iD.EOLOGY. Taking inspiration from turn-of-the-20th-century composer Erik Satie, his songs pair dreamy ambience with fluttering beats that hint at bass music and hip-hop. Saints is his fifth full-length, and his first on Hamburg's Ki Records, the same label that released Christian Löffler's acclaimed album A Forest in June. It will be available digitally, on CD and double-LP, with three extra tracks on the vinyl version.
01. Holt Found
05. Slower feat. Nadya Gritskevich
Ki Records will release Saints on October 5th, 2012.
Tue, 21 Aug 2012  /  5 Comments
Russian producer Proxy is ready to release his debut album, Music From The Eastblock Jungles Part 1.5 Comments
Real name Evgeny Pozharnov, Proxy hails from Vladivostok, one of Russia's easternmost cities, where he's been making music in relative isolation for years. One his key influences is The Prodigy, who he saw play live in the Red Square years, and whose in-your-face rave aesthetic still colors most of his productions. Proxy's big break came about five years ago when Tiga agreed to release his first record on Turbo Recordings. The Canadian label has been Proxy's home ever since, and will release his upcoming LP (along with Dim Mak, Steve Aoki's label, who will release it in the US).
Music From The Eastblock Jungles Part 1 is due out in November, to be followed by Part 2 in February of 2013. You can hear a full cut from the album over on Proxy's SoundCloud page.
01. Red Juke
03. Raven (Original 08)
06. Dance In Dark
07. Raja Ganja
08. In Time (Skit)
10. Shut Up!
Turbo Recordings will release Music From The Eastblock Jungles Part 1 on November 6th, 2012.
Thu, 17 May 2012  /  2 Comments
Nocow will release Ruins Tape on vinyl for the first time in June.2 Comments
St. Petersburg's Alexey Nikitin has been making hip-hop(ish) beats since 2009, releasing digitally on various labels like Parallax and gimme5, as well as a ten-inch EP on Anton Zap's Ethereal Sound last year. It was aruond that same time on gimme5 that Nikitin released his Ruin Tapes album, which will be given a full physical (vinyl) release this summer by Hamburg's Fauxpas Musik, which has previously put out records from Desolate and Yoko Duo. Ruins Tape is a 12-track album of atmospheric beat music that leans towards hip-hop and garage, with no additions or unreleased material added for the re-release.
A2 Up on a Roof
A4 Round in Circles
A5 Moonlight Flit
B1 Dustin' You
B2 Long Way Home
B3 Thorny Path
B4 Dispel the Wind
B5 You Got Me
Fauxpaus Musik will release Ruins Tape on June 25, 2012.
Thu, 23 Feb 2012  /  8 Comments
The Russian pair of Anton Kublikov and Maxim Milyutenko, will release their fifth studio album in April, entitled Metamorphosis.8 Comments
It's been around four years since SCSI-9 released their last album on Kompakt. Prior to that, they mined a similar minimal sound for their full-length on Force Tracks in 2003 while releasing more melodic 12-inches on Subotnik and Trapez. Their latest album on Athens' Klik Records strays into darker and more ambient territory, with SCSI-9 aiming for moodier atmospheres. To this end the Viennese electronic experimental composer Zanshin AKA Gregor Ladenhauf offers his voice on "Song From The High Tower" and "I'm Lost," drawing more on his work as part of house duo Ogris Debris. Metamorphosis will be available on CD and double-vinyl, with a free CD included in the vinyl release.
02. Schaukel Duo
04. Had I but things like thine
05. Song from the high tower
06. I'm lost
10. Ellsworh land
Klik Records will release Metamorphosis on April 12th, 2012.
Tue, 31 Jan 2012  /  5 Comments
This year's Sochi Winter Music Conference will take place from February 9th through the 12th.
Now in its seventh year running, SWMC is a four-day event in Sochi, a Russian resort on the Black Sea, where Russia's electronic music industry connects with the rest of the world. Its daytime program is curated by the blogger and industry guru Jonty Skrufff, and features panels with industry figures from around the globe, including people from Amsterdam Dance Event, Mixmag, DanceTrippin.TV and Resident Advisor. The nighttime portion bills dozens of DJs and live acts at nightclubs around Sochi, from Russian artists like Nina Kraviz and Easy Changes to international acts like Perc, X-Press 2, Booka Shade and LA collective Culprit.
Feb 09 Miller presents 'Neofitsalnoje Otkritije Swmc', Free Bar5 Comments
Feb 10 Dinamika feat Mixer On Air, Pacha Sochi
Feb 10 Free2b, Circus
Feb 10 Bullit Agency Showcase, Rimskaja Kafejnaya
Feb 10 Digital Emotions, Amsterdam
Feb 10 Garage Soundsystem, Free Bar
Feb 10 Arma 17, TBA - Sochi
Feb 10 Soljanka Showcase, TBA - Sochi
Feb 11 DJ Groove & Audio School present: From House To Techno..
Feb 11 Culprit Showcase, TBA - Sochi
Feb 11 Radio Record On Air, Free Bar
Feb 11 Elite Music Management Showcase, Rimskaja Kafejnaya
Feb 11 Grusha Music Showcase, Pacha Sochi
Feb 11 Miller presents More Than Party, ABBA Bar
Feb 11 House Of X-Press 2, Circus
Feb 11 William Lawson Swmc Party, Hoan Ivanitj
Wed, 07 Dec 2011  /  191 Comments
Nina Kraviz is ready to release her debut album on Rekids.191 Comments
Slated for release in February, the self-titled LP comes two years after Kraviz's first 12-inch on Jus-Ed's Uderground Quality imprint. The Russian DJ and producer (and one-time Breaking Through artist) has been highly in-demand ever since, with EPs on BPitch Control, Efdemin's Naïf imprint and finally Rekids, the label that's hosted her past few EPs and invited her to play at Panorama Bar in Berlin.
The upcoming album features all previously unreleased songs, except for "Ghetto Kraviz," the title track from her most recent EP. Keen-eared listeners might also recognize a few bits from her 2009 mix for Underground Quality's Club Tape Club Mix.
Chatting over Skype earlier this week, Kraviz gave us some personal insight on her debut LP:
When and where did you record the album?Tracklist
01. Walking In The Night feat. Hard Ton
02. Aus feat. King Aus
03. Ghetto Kraviz
04. Taxi Talk
05. False Attraction
08. Love Or Go
09. Best Friend
10. 4 Ben
11. Turn On The Radio
13. The Needle
Rekids will release Nina Kraviz on February 27th, 2012.
Tue, 02 Aug 2011  /  36 Comments
RA is ready to unveil details for the X party in Moscow, taking place on September 10th at Arma17.
The fifth stop on our jaunt around the globe just might be our biggest yet. In addition to the X, the night's program boasts Radio Slave and Jamie Jones, both A-list DJs and label curators (of REKIDS and Hot Creations respectively). Coming off one of this year's most acclaimed techno albums, Morphosis will play live and DJ. The rest of the bill includes breakthrough deep house artist Deniz Kurtel, Panorama Bar resident Margaret Dygas and outspoken DJ and producer Jay Haze. AntonZap adds an ethereal (and local) touch to the party. Arma17's residents will provide the night's support. Per usual, the X's identity will remain unknown until the moment his or her set begins.
Stefan Marx, a German artist most readers will know by his iconic sleeve designs for Smallville Records, has done the poster honors. Staying true to form, he's whipped up something hazy and dreamlike for the night's screen print, which is available in a limited run of 75 through the event listing.
Sep 10 RA X, ARMA17, Moscow36 Comments
Mon, 27 Jun 2011  /  9 Comments
Russian nightclub ARMA17 have launched a new record label called ARMA.9 Comments
Set in a 19th century industrial complex in Moscow, ARMA17 has been a key fixture of the city's nightlife since 2008. It's goal has been to bring acclaimed underground artists to Russia, while at the same time putting the city's own scene on the map. "There was a clear need to change Moscow's existing scene," say the club's management. "When we launched ARMA17 it was almost the only spot in the city which was not built around luxury or a commercial agenda, but we definitely created a new fresh movement. The current Moscow club scene can offer a number of venues with quality music." In the three years it's been open, ARMA17 has hosted dozens of artists like Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Shackleton and a:rpia:r, always billing local DJs as well.
ARMA follows a similar concept. The label places a dual emphasis on international artists and Russian DJs and producers, some established, some just getting started. ARMA 01, for instance, features Bruno Pronsato and dOP alongside Moscow's AntonZap and up-and-comers Easy Changes and Andrey Zots. Future 12-inches continue this trend with tracks from Akiko Kiyama and local stalwarts like Dusty Baron and DJ Jungle.
01. Anton Zap - Fidget
02. Piticu - mke
03. Easy Changes - Canes Venatici
04. Bruno Pronsato - US Lipstick
05. Vakula - Lool 08
06. Andrey Zots - Useless
07. Id10ts - Nu Vot (B.A.D. & dOP Remix)
ARMA 01 is currently available on ARMA.
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