As house music in 2017 continues to mutate, fracture, and spread across the globe, Russia remains a hotbed of simultaneous innovation and reverence. Based in Moscow, Alexander Lay-Far (soundcloud) represents a growing faction of producers and DJs tapping into the wealth of dance music connecting dots from jazz, dub, funk, and everything in between from, quite literally, around the world. A&Ring the newest release from In-Beat-Ween Music, Lay-Far brings together geographically disparate, yet sonically coherent artists to create « Footwork House Jams #1 ». Footwork House Jams started in 2010 as a small late night community, influenced by sound and visual aesthetics of 90’s house parties in New York and Chicago. Upon a first rinse, there’s no question Lay-Far nailed the local party feel filled with loose and seemingly off-the-cuff rhythms.
The A-side does not mess around as expected; kicking off with « Church Chords » by Karizma, a cacophony of cowbells and stuttering snares glide effortlessly under repeating organ stabs. It sways a bit like something out of a late 90’s uk-garage hit, but is so stark and structurally current that there’s no question it’s creator has an eye on both the past and the future. « Check Da Discotheque » by Nubian Mindz similarly mines conventions of Dance music’s yesteryear while simultaneously separating himself from the pack. Cut-up vocals and a jacking bassline recall Todd Edward’s revolutionary work, while toms, kicks, and hats run rampant throughout the low end.