“I like the feeling of joy and extravaganza on the dancefloor,” says Kedr Livanskiy. “Not the harsh zombie mass.”
Livanskiy’s DJ sets – and indeed her On Cue mix for DJ Mag – are colourful tapestries of style, rattling from genre to genre as hard drum cuts and breaks veer into lush ambience and balladry. It makes for enticing listening, with her eclectic taste creating an unpredictable atmosphere, encouraging listeners to join the dots themselves and realise where the disparate sounds informed her own productions.
‘Your Need’ strikes a terrific balance between the starkness that made her previous releases so immersive and the lightness that she re-discovered in DJing. The murky atmospherics that saw her being compared to acts like Boards of Canada, Patricia and Hype Williams linger, but are less overbearing, no longer defining the entire mood of the album but lending a necessary darkness to tracks like ‘Why Love (зачем любовь)’ and ‘LED (лёд)’.
Livanskiy invited Gost Zvuk affiliate Flaty into creative process with her, with each of their distinct styles merging to create something that was new for both of them and contributing considerably to the album’s irresistible atmosphere.
A new club, Mutabor, will open in a former machinery plant in Moscow this weekend.
Launching this Saturday 27th April, the new venue intends to become a space for multiple types of performance, from club nights to and live shows to theatre pieces and art installations.
Moscow’s Uninc & Kolomensky will release their new EP, ‘Pagan Rave’, via their own ИДА label this December.
The label’s seventh release finds the emerging DJ/producers on top form, fusing traditional slavic folk tropes and samples with heady electronic grooves and rhythms. ‘Ancient Tool’ is a percussive house number with shouted vocals, submerged acid and a spacious atmosphere. The title track, meanwhile, is a more reserved affair with traditional slavic folk vocals and flutes hovering above a steady deep house beat.
“Security were guiding me to the DJ booth and I’m wondering how is it possible that there are all these people in the booth. I’m thinking that we’re gonna keep walking for another minute or so to get through the crowd, and all of a sudden I just bump into the turntables, like as if I was in the forest and I came across a great find of the Incas.”
Detroit techno innovator Derrick May has been to a lot of clubs in his time. But he's never walked into anything quite like this before.
The third edition of Boiler Room & Ballantine’s True Music series kicks off tomorrow night (Thursday 15th February) with performances from Derrick May, Overmono, and Or:la. You can watch the whole event live on DJ Mag's Facebook page.
Titled True Music: Hybrid Sounds, the three-continent tour pairs live electronic music pioneers KiNK, Overmono, Dollkraut and rRoxymore with traditional musicians to explore the exciting possibilities at the intersection of electronic and acoustic music.
Moscow-based Outline Festival has been cancelled by Russian authorities.
According to Facebook post from the promoters, the event was shut down for reasons beyond their control and all tickets will be refunded.
For our third Rewind feature, dedicated to 2014’s Miller SoundClash finalists, we are in Russia to catch up with MOS, a DJ who was famous in his home country for his mash-up style, but is now enjoying new styles of music, and winning new fans across the world…
MOS! Great to speak to you. What has been going on since Miller SoundClash 2014?
Russia is one of only a handful of countries that have resisted the global EDM explosion. Of course, you can still see big-room DJ at large-scale arena events in Moscow or St Petersburg, but the club scene - much like London or Berlin - moves to the steady beat of underground house and techno. So for this week’s Top 100 Clubs scene focus, we show you the dark rooms, roof terraces and unique vibe of Russia’s best clubs.
Cast your votes at top100clubs.com