Tag Archives: Soviet

Центр on the Porch

‘Center’ was formed during the late ’70s in Moscow behind the Iron Curtain. Much of the world’s inhabitants, including their fellow comrades in the Soviet Union, were never made aware of such formation and subsequent rocking the group would go on to do. Oh boy, what a tragedy! Now, to amend that, I recommend that you listen to the tracks below. Such flippancy, such playfulness, such cool bass licks. The gems below were released in 1983. 

Mp3: Центр – Умный (Smart)

Mp3: Центр – Навсегда (Forever)

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

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