10 Musicians Leading Russia's Techno Renaissance - Electronic Beats

10 Musicians Leading Russia’s Techno Renaissance

Nina Kraviz-signed duo PTU run down their favorite local artists.

Nina Kraviz’s recent contribution to the fabric mix series unseated expectations of anyone who has come to expect floor-filling house and techno sets stocked with Dance Mania classics from the Russian selector. fabric.91 features 41 tracks that cover skittering electro-IDM, spoken word clips, ambient eddies and squelching lo-fi acid, many of which were helmed by signees to her label трип. As with the mixed CD, трип has featured a wide array of styles and artists, but it has long placed a special emphasis on promoting lesser-known Russian producers; the mixed CD alone featured the likes of Species Of Fishes, Nikita Zabelin and PTU.

The PTU track featured on that compilation, “A Broken Clock Is Right Twice A Day”, was the title track for the duo’s трип EP, which arrives this month. The two members of PTU, Alina Izolenta and Kamil EA, grew up in Siberia and Volga and recorded the release in Moscow and Kazan, so they’ve become embedded in the techno communities throughout Russia. We called upon their special knowledge of the exciting electronic music scene in Moscow and beyond to get a picture of what’s going on there.

PTU will perform live at Nuits Sonores in May 2017.

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