Mumiy Troll recently lost one of their founding members to retirement and have therefore, in Ilya Lagutenko's own words, "started again from scratch. We've been joined by the excellent DJ and electronic musician Sasha Kholenko, better known as Dza. Like me, he was raised in Vladivostok."
Not long ago, Lagutenko gave his Moscow home to his mother and moved his family back to the same Pacific port. His hometown has also become the permanent address of the V-Rox Festival, designed to foster creative and commercial links between the Vladivostok region and several Asian nations to the south. All of these efforts are conducted in a DIY spirit, since governmental help is absent: "I've always tried to operate according to the principle that if you want to get something done, then do it yourself."
Alexander Gorbachev writes in Moscow: "Dza is one of the pioneers of the modern Russian electronic scene. These new recordings––once again––bring intelligence to the dance floor. The tracks hop gloriously back and forth between epic and quirky notes––between nostalgia and a cutting-edge, almost hallucinogenic anxiety."
That closing noun seems especially important. Worry, paradoxically, can perhaps be "cutting-edge" indeed; it becomes a form of productive fear. Put simply, anxiety is a state in which anything seems possible, suddenly unveiling both negative and positive potentialities. Anxiety makes it impossible to predict any one future or outcome. Surprises ensue.