Moscow is home to the embalmed body of Vlad Lenin, as well as the busiest McDonald’s in the world, and a group of laptop musicians/producers which were recently highlighted in a compilation titled Fly Russia. These Soviet-born artists have created a unique, distinguishable beat style to soundtrack their lives with, which they’ve labeled with a rather funny word, Wonky. Wonky‘s underlying commonality that defines it as such is rather hard to pinpoint, just as the artists that make Wonky music are quite hard to label as well due to their ever shapeshifting nature. However, I’ll try. Wonky falls somewhere between hip hop instrumentals, electronic glitch, and video game soundtracks. It’s usually overflowing with sound but never chaotic, and it avoids smooth, danceable rhythms in favor of strange or inconsistent time signatures. Wonky embodies in so many ways the seemingly contradictory elements from which it’s born, modern-day Moscow.