After a few years of stagnation, Moscow got a new world-class club: Mutabor. Now its founders are waiting for the end of the pandemic to carry on what they started.
When Savage played "Spatial Lobe" by The Monsters From ID, something changed. People kept moving, but the choir synth melody added a hint of melancholy, reminding everyone that this could be one of the last parties for a long time.
Nonetheless, the communities involved in Mutabor have stayed positive and focussed. The club's founders—Arma, Rabitza and The Volks, as well as in-house promoter System108—had all made a name for themselves throwing some of the best parties in the city. They pooled all their experience in founding Mutabor, which breathed new life into Moscow's club scene. Having opened in April of 2019, it was instantly celebrated. Tijana T tweeted that "Mutabor is a club beyond this world and Moscow seems like another dimension." Schacke said it was "something special." Peter Kirn called it "total magic."
The first thing you see approaching Mutabor, which is located at the site of a ballbearing factory, is a mouthless giant figure, something like a gingerbread man, sitting on the club's roof. That's Tamara, part of an installation prepared for the Outline festival that was cancelled in 2016. Sometimes Tamara gets dressed up. When I saw her on my way to the party called 8—µ on March 7th, there was a wreath on her head.