This is Todd at A Different Drum with an update for my synthpop friends.
Today’s update can be called “From Russia With Love, Part 1″. The synthpop scene seems to be thriving in Russia these days, and today I have a few Russian imports for you. There is another batch of Russian imports on the way, so I’ll send another update when those arrive. These should get you started on the right foot…
Mental Discipline “Constellation” $18 — This a slamming futurepop release packed with energy and some of the most noteworthy vocalists in the scene, including contributions from Felix Marc, Pulcher Femina, Endanger, Spektralized, Culture Kultur, Distain, etc. You can listen to an entire album preview and order this excellent import CD here :
Digital Machine “If You Are With Me” $15 — Digital Machine plays synthpop with Russian language vocals, and has been a consistent seller for A Different Drum the last few years. They are one of the main staples in the Russian synthpop scene. You can order their newest CD right here :
Various Artists “Synth Radio Russians Collection” $15 — Here is a great way to explore the Russian synthpop underground! You can pick up this compilation CD with bands like Digital Machine, Mental Discipline, Want/ed, Purple Fog Side, Limelight, and many others! Order this top-notch sampler here :
Also, if you’re not a member of the VIP Club, but you want to check out another Russian band called WANTed, then I believe there is still a CD or two available on Amazon where it was listed when it was released to the subscribers. You can see it here :
Here is another Russian band that plays some excellent synthpop music, released a couple of years back. I don’t think you’ll get the VIP edition if you order from Amazon, but the original edition. But I see it is listed , and I think it is definitely worth a listen:
And here is one more Russian artist that was released to VIP subscribers, but I see that Amazon has a copy on hand. This guy plays a more mellow, hypnotic synth sound with a few instrumentals, and a couple of tracks featuring vocals from Brian Hazard of Color Theory. Check it out :
Anyway, I hope that helps get you going with some Russian synthpop, and as I mentioned above, I’ll have more for you very soon!