gost zvuk continues its journey to the depth of today s russia experimental music scene with the debut ep from infx, yet another emerging artist from country s capital moscow. young muscovite prefers to work on the margins of popular electronic music genres, using the complex broken rhythmical architecture to create his own kind of introverted club tracks for highly observant and thoughtful listeners. the resulting music is an ever-changing, multifaceted and polychromatic living organism with a constantly mutating structure — a truly unique piece of art that should not be overlooked.
for russian electronic music, mikhail chekalin is not only a major character, who has affected the scene’s establishment and development, but also a kind of symbolic figure. his music has been praised by many in the west - from journalists and critics of all kinds to frank zappa and karlheinz stockhausen, while in moscow chekalin’s name was excluded from the official cultural agenda for a long time: he was accused of propaganda of foreign pro-western aesthetics and up until the end of the 80’s wasn’t allowed to release his works or travel abroad. this, however, didn’t interfere with him recording dozens of innovative electronic compositions and contributing greatly to the development of unofficial soviet art in general - for example, providing sound design for the famous exhibitions of twenty moscow artists on malaya gruzinskaya or arranging the first audiovisual performances on a specially constructed light organ.
however, just like all great artists, mikhail himself prefers to focus not on personal achievements, but on creativity. i don’t have a biography - only a discography - this quote of the author may become an entry point of sorts into the compilation presented. this archival collection of works recorded within the period from 1978 to 1987 are chekalin’s multigenre experiments ranging from spatial music (in essence, ambient’s precursor) to more contemporary synthesizer and post-symphonic compositions.
gost zvuk marks tenth release with a new full-length by vtgnike, arguably the most influential producer on the russian electronic scene who is also partly responsible for shaping the label’s aesthetics and sonic identity.
during the years of his practice vtgnike meticulously sculpting a sound unique to himself finding a gap yet unexplored - somewhere between current hardcore continuum trends and the sounds of classic idm era. but despite falling somewhere on the uk music territories, collection creates a space of its own - the one inspired by the al the splendors and miseries of post-sovietness one cannot get rid of.
ol is coming back to gost with his first double lp - a one hour masterpiece that sums up his research of the soviet sound heritage. the album titled “height difference” fluctuates through different genres and tempos reflecting the ups and downs of daily life. this refined and sincere work showcases the talent and unique sound of a prolific russian producer.
audiosapr is one of the most consistent albums you’re likely to come across in russia’s gost zvuk entire back catalogue. surprisingly, the full-length by saint petersburg’s scene veteran kuzma palkin is a compilation of random jams and studio recordings he made in the period of 2014-2015, carefully pieced together by label’s masterminds. sapr stands for the system of automatic projection (a russian term for computer-aided design, cad) which defines the album’s experimental yet complex and interlocking heart. based around a central theme of immediacy and spontaneity, audiosapr builds upon the foundations of early, pre-detroit era of electro and techno, and then progresses the wispy entrails of analogue gear in a contemporary dancefloor direction. it’s clearly music that can be attributed as hybrid, however it’s not you re going to think about while listening to “audiosapr”, palkin’s definitely most inspiring work to date.
the latest offering in the ever so refined gost zvuk series is a full length album (2x12) by russian master of all otherworldly sounds nocow.
“ledyanoy album” is an ethereal feast containing orchastrated textures and thumping cuts alike. the winter theme of the album is easily recognized through the icey synth sounds and the beautifuly array of bells and fx which blend this lp to a cohesive collection of heart wrenching ambiances.
“drugstore phones” is a double lp from russian wizard piper spray. this enigmatic producer is a hidden gem of russian electronic underground. the album is taking you on an unexpected trip in many ways - it’s hard to define the genre but one can feel the author’s willingness to experiment and explore new sounds. this sonic documentary of piper’s world is breathing and constantly changing, though it’s the most balanced and mature work of the author. a spectacular opener for gost zvuk’s gatefold lp series.
yalta is a resort city on the southern coast of the crimean peninsula surrounded by the black sea. this place has heavily influenced a talented artist pavel milyakov also known as buttechno. this album is his dedication to yalta, but it’s not just about geographical location, it’s about a special and sacred state of mind and soul that the producer calls -yalta-. this very personal work of a mature author reflects his deep and multifaceted approach to the research of the sound language.
the first lp by notorious russian producer lapti showcases his classic material made over the last 10 years. this is a landmark release, encompassing the heritage that has had a huge influence on the new generation of russian producers. every track on this album is a sonic universe bridging the past and the future. a highly anticipated collector’s item.
supported by kutmah, matthew david, samiyam and many others.
second release of the gost zvuk label, strictly focused on the contemporary russian electronic scene. this joint was made by aem rhythm-cascade also known as dada ques and many other monikers. locked in his studio in st. pete he built his path from a beatmaker to a fundamental composer exploring the acoustics, sound synthesis and sampling techniques. it is hard to relate this music to a certain genre, but you can definitely hear the quality and deepness, spiced with the original slavic touch. simple and raw these multilayered symphonies bring out the new breed of russian composers backed up by their prolific heritage.