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by Finn Cohen
Pitchfork (8 November 2010)

“As the head of a Moscow-based label called How2Make, DZA is very much at the center of a movement that has been rummaging around in multiple genres to create something that takes a step forward in the post-Dilla—or even post-FlyLo—world. This vast network of producers, some of whom are excellently documented in a recent download compilation from the Russian music blog Gimme 5 called Fly Russia, is part of a unique generation of Russians: born during the Soviet Union, they were teenagers during the turbulent 90s—when the country buckled under the weight of capitalism ingested too quickly—but they’ve become adults in 21st-century Russia, a place far more complex. Moscow, the nation’s capital, is something else entirely, a shape-shifting metropolis that most of its residents will quickly describe to you as “neudobno,” or “uncomfortable.” And now it finally has an appropriate soundtrack.”


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