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Moscow’s Wonky Soundtrack

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.

Mp3: 813 – Zondor Fo

Digable Porches

Digable Planets are from my hood. They broke up in ’94 after two albums of masses-acclaimed, jazz-laced hip-hop. With a little help from Tupac & Cornelius, the songs here live on – the ‘rebirth of slick’ if you will.

Mp3: 1. Digable Planets ft. Tupac – Where I’m From
2. Digable Planets ft. Tupac & Cornelius – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
3. Digable Planets ft. Tupac & Cornelius – Pacifics

* *Digable Porches (zip file)* *

Themselves on the Porch



My first instinct when I get an interview back with no adherence to capitalization, punctuation, or sentence structure is to clean it up, fix the ‘errors,’ and in this particular case, rewrite the whole thing. Then I thought, ‘Wait, Themselves‘ music seems to mirror this interview-in-the-raw too well to lay the grimy hands of grammar on it.’ Below is an interview with the dudes that have long been known for letting their unbridled muse loose to thrash about inside their songs – now it is on the Porch.


Mixtape (zip-file): Themselves – FREEhoudini

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Here’s some trippy tribal riff raff! Hope you enjoy.

Diplo + Santogold – “Lights Out” (Diplos Panda Bear Mix)
DJ STV SLV – “Drippy I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T”
Dennis DJ – “Jonathan Li”
Deise Tigrona – Injeção
Esau Mwamwaya – Tengazako

You Can Find Me in the Club, Pockets Full of Noth-ing

Boo! Trick or Treat? (Track # 6) It aint’ trickin’ if you got treats. I’d like to say that though Halloween is well upon us, let’s not forget it is a pagan holiday, and not worthy of any kind of celebration, but since we’re already here, here in the club, you might as well dance to this shit like the nuclear clock is counting down to flame. Show a witch the way you sweat. Holla at a ghost when you see him on the street!

*****DOWNLOAD: You Can Find Me in the Club, Pockets Full of Noth-ing*****

1. Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
2. Soulja Boy – Crank Dat (Party Time 2000 Remix)
3. Damaged Goods – Yo Righteous (A1 Bassline Remix)
4. Santogold ft. Movado – LES Artistes (XXXchange Remix)
5. Kanye – Flashing Lights (Mano Uptempo Remix)
6. Neon Neon ft. Spank RockTrick or Treat?
7. Flosstradamus – Overnight Star (Twista V. Sigur Ros)
8. UGK ft. Outkast – Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You) (Code-D Adt)*
9. Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life

Inspiration: Young Doc Gooden
Photo credit: Mattie Stafford
Photo Lavishness: Will Bryant
Song mixing & part of the sequencing: Brad Barry
Song selections & the other part of the sequencing: Matthew Orr

*Grammy Nominated