[Music] Redefining Russian Techno

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From the Bandcamp article, which can be found here:

Russian techno is stylistically varied—from ultra industrial to sleazy disco, hazy cassette labels to crisp and urbane house. But often there’s a moodiness, an underlying bleakness to the sound that feels like it’s channeling a harsher Soviet past. Certainly, experimentation is rife, and “live”-ness is important—musicians performing live hardware shows seem to be every bit as important as DJs. But most important of all, there’s a freshness, a lack of cynicism, a sheer delight in crazed sounds and textures that can make even the most familiar musical tropes feel like you’re hearing them for the first time.

[Music] In Aeternam Vale – V8

In Aeternam Vale are a techno music project out of Lyon, France, and their music tends to be driving, but ultimately standard fare for the genre. What’s more interesting, however, is the choice of video material they used. It comes from a Russian/French production called Ograblenie po…, which is a play on American, Italian, French and Russian gangster movies.

[Music] MTD, Tracy – SM001V

I am off an on with techno, but if it’s cold and minimalistic, it’s going to have my attention. MTD and Tracy are two DJs working out of Verona, Italy, and are part of one of Italy’s finest minimal techno labels, Sonntag Morgen, one worth keeping an eye on as their releases have been so consistently good.

[Music] Jönsson Tõll & Mauno Koivisto – Mulla Ei Oo Aavistustakaan Mitä Tää Kaikki Paska Suomeksi Tarkoittaa

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Two identities, one artist. Jönsson Tõll is a composer who is based out of Portugal. This release features some of his own work, plus more under his working monicker, Mauno Koivisto. Of of the most beautifully bleak techno albums I’ve heard in ages.