Abstract hip hop? Balalike it!

For those who don’t think that Russian music ends with the last accord of balalaika we would like to present our new audio-podcast devoted to the contemporary Russian music. The aim is to show the great diversity of Russian musicians, performing in various genres from jazz to experimental trip-hop. Some of the artists are much influenced by western culture, others try to develop and promote authentic Russian sound and mainly Russian lyrics.

We invite you to a promising journey beyond the headlines and prejudices. And it’s up to you to decide whether you like it or even... balalike it.

This edition is devoted to the abstract hip hop. Abstract hip hop (also known as experimental hip hop) is a style that refers to the experimental use of structural elements outside of hip-hop considered unconventional within the larger hip hop music genre. What is special about Russian abstract hip hop? Probably, the lyrics, which usually sound witty but rather absurd. But even if you don't speak Russian you'd be cheered up by these joyful beats, especially when it comes to NRKTK, one of the most notable and influential group of modern Russian youngsters.


1) Larik Surapov - Bud' dobrim

2) Larik Surapov - V ataku!

3) Est'Est'Est' - Reflexia

4) SBPCH - Nikuda ne denetsa eto

5) 4 positsii Bruno - Ya ekhala domoi

6) NRKTK - Boombastic

7) NRKTK - Puma

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