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Форум on the Porch

Forum was formed in the spring of 1983 in St. Petersburg. Sasha Morozov was responsible for the band’s formation; in the Lou Pearlman tradition, he got all of these dudes together who played different instruments who otherwise didn’t know each other, but unlike Pearlman, Morozov knew what he was doing as will be evident when you listen to the tracks below. For those of you looking forward to O-Town harmonies, well, the world is not with you. The year after their formation they released their debut album, pictured above, White Night. The following songs are from that album. Have a listen! 

Mp3: Форум – Белая Hoчь (White Night)

Mp3: Форум – Давайте Созвонимся (Let’s Phone)

Pixelord on the Porch

Pixelord is the name from which Alexey Devyanin, a Moscow dwelling man, makes some sick beats. He appeared on the Fly Russia compilation that I posted about last time, therefore lumping him into this group of artists is easy to do, but I believe he stands far above his contemporaries. Listen for yourself to the track below, a meandering, twinkling, future-funk number. I got in contact with Alexey and the result is a micro-interview which can be found after jumping.

Mp3: Pixelord – Boss Worm

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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

Юрий Чернавский’s Porch Premiere!

Юрий Чернавский, or Yury Chernavsky is the Russian mastermind behind the underground, under-realized, and completely demented music world of his own making. Sometimes within his musical treasure chest you’ll find abrasive, acid-pop ditties, which leave a listener such as myself completely behind. Other times he pulls the chaos into a cohesion that is delightfully ragged, endearingly homemade, and even at times, vision-inducing. The latter kind of song you will find linked up below so go on and take a listen for yourself if you think I’m kidding.

Mp3: Юрий Чернавский – Про ржавый гвоздь (About a Rusty Nail)

Rondo on the Porch

This debut, self-titled album, from the Soviet group calling themselves ‘Rondo’ dates back to 1986. On the eve of the Soviet Union’s implosion, these guys were partying it up like there was no tomorrow, which turned out to be a fairly noble outlook after all. This track has an unmistakably 80s vibe to it, as does the rest of the album, and as you will soon find, the album cover above is not gimmicky whatsoever, they take their saxophone solos quite seriously.

Mp3: Rondo – Pochtalion

НИИ КОСМЕТИКИ on the Porch

НИИ КОСМЕТИКИ or the Scientific Research Institute of Cosmetics are a rather extraordinary Soviet pop group who I’d say win the title of having the best band name translated into English. The group was created in 1984 by a certain Michael “Methodius” Yevsenkov in a cellar in the Moscow underground, which is where they stayed for most of their career. This relatively obscure group, even in their own time, make some of the most wonderful lo-fi jams one could ever hope to hear within an average lifespan. Please do yourself a favor, and savor the wonder below.

Mp3: НИИ Косметики – Верю (I trust)

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