Saturday’s late-night programme at RAGU acts as a Venn diagram between Russian and Western-European dance floors.
A DJ set by Krasnoyarsk's Wheel kicks off the evening, followed Philippe Hallais (a.k.a. Low Jack), whose “house music from hell” fuses sexy grooves with industrial metallicism and spirals around beatless wormholes. Techno abstractionist and raster-noton signee Dasha Rush delivers one of her subterranean DJ sets, and Russian artist Module Werk serves a nightcap with his interdimensional electro.
Taking place concurrently on the second floor, acclaimed Russian DJ 1985 dons his Chicago-influenced alter-ego Slamjack for a two-part set spanning classic house to distorted acid and experimental selections, backed by visuals from VJ Alex Sky.
Alexander Dresvyannikov aka Alex Sky. Was born in Lesosibirsk. The first VJ experience got at the Gimme5 parties. After moving to Krasnoyarsk he was performing on the local stages. "Understanding the necessity of making my own content, I've started to learn the video production. Later came the interest of making videos. Now I live and work in Novosibirsk and I'm fond of generative graphics and interactive technologies."
DJ 1985 is a highly acclaimed russian DJ with his unique style who has been crafting his skills at the decks since the early '00-s. Jungle/drum&bass music was his first love that led him to be a warm-up DJ for artists like LTJ Bukem, Goldie, D-Bridge & Seba to name just a few. In 2010 DJ 1985 went all eclectic playing different styles of music but staying true to the roots and his personal sense of style. The year 2012 saw DJ 1985 founding Waxxx community in his hometown Chelyabinsk. Waxxx is a family of like-minded musicians, vinyl collectors, DJs, visual and graphic artists of Chelyabinsk-city.
Zhenya Klepalov, aka Module Werk, has been buying and playing vinyl for the majority of the last decade. Although little is available online describing his musical background, he consistently rears his head in the increasingly mesmerising and mysterious sounds of Russia’s underground scene.
Anatoly Kolesov is from Zheleznogorsk, formerly Krasnoyarsk-26, a closed strategic town in Krasnoyasrk Krail. He is a DJ, record collector, and key figure in the Siberian underground dance music scene. His mixes, such as the one for the ГОСТ ЗВУК independent platform, are popular as well.
From his home in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, 28-year-old Philippe Hallais has made a name for himself internationally as Low Jack. Hallais’s “house music from hell” fuses sexy grooves with industrial metallicism and revels in its forays into and narrow escapes from tenacious, beatless wormholes. He has released his music on L.I.E.S., In Paradisum, Delsin, and The Trilogy Tapes.
Dasha Rush is Russian-born but a citizen of the world. Combining her activities as a techno producer with releases on her own Fullpanda label and recently on Raster Noton, a busy DJ schedule, and multi-artistic collaborations alongside artists and dancers, Rush puts forth a mixture of rather rare techno experimentation and synthesized sounds most akin to the brief movement of underground music whose roots partially extend back to the early 20th century and rise through significant art movements to the present.