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Obscured By The Machines: Introverted Dubs of the Izhevsk City

(Theomatic; US: 9 Nov 2010)

You can be forgiven for not noticing that Izhevsk City has quietly become the center of electronic music for all of mother Russia. It’s a remote, industrial city that has been isolated for decades thanks to the Cold War protocol of weapons manufacturing. However, through the loneliness and metropolitan gloom that makes Modern Times smell like roses, DJs and electronic musicians have been thriving in the void for years. Obscured by the Machines: Introverted Dubs of the Izhevsk City is just a small sample of this city’s creative spirit at work. Highlighting selections from 08, An-2, and Eclectic Sound, it’s safe to say that all eleven tracks are attention-grabbing in one way or another. The cover art may depict a depressingly polluted cityscape, but the artists’ frustrations come through the dubs in a way that is anything but depressing. Their misery is your gain.

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