To be a popular musician or ‘punk’ in the Russian Federation, under the right-sided authoritarian rule of the infamous Vladimir Putin, is all so knowingly shit. One would only have to look upon their treatment of the feminist protest group, Pussy Riot, and all the barbarism they have had to endure whilst trying to push their message of freedom and independence across. This ferociousness to culture is all too familiar towards the east of Europe, see Vladimir Lenin’s proposed war and reformations on traditional ethos, or what was to him: ‘Capitalist Culture’.
So, when an artist specialising in Techno Electronica appears, baring the same surname as the final USSR leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, and is revitalising the electronic scene in Moscow – resulting in a sudden attraction to the youth… Well. Think about how Richard Nixon attempted to combat the progression of counter-culture throughout the sixties. Routinely, it is reported that authorities invade Philipp Gorbachev’s exhibitions of dance and electronica in an attempt to shut them down.
And that is why his latest album ‘I Don’t Give A Snare’, is so significant. Inside this vast labyrinth of analogue tones, fuzz and robotic Russian accents, lies a deep contrast. A contrast between Punk and Techno. Albeit, with those two genres combined, one may predict that they are going to encounter the trip from hell.
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But no, something strong and resilient resides here. With Gorbachev’s collaboration with The Naked Man, he has managed to rip apart the electronic elements from Techno, taking it way back to its roots. It is a sub-genre of dance after all, and instead of pulsating synths and deep kicks, expect acoustic percussion and fuzzed up, flamboyant bass lines. Simple really, it’s just drum and bass with some hot-headed Russian guy repeatedly shouting numerous words, such as “Goodman”
‘I Don’t Give A Snare’ is available now via ARMA Records
The full track-listing for ‘I Don’t Give A Snare’ is as follows…
Ready For The Rifle
Ivan, Come On, Unlock The Box