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V-A-C Sreda

Featuring specially commissioned artworks, a podcast series and a selection of timely essays, Sreda magazine offers a nuanced view on Russian culture and contemporaneity. Content is available for a limited period of time and updated every Wednesday. The Russian word ‘sreda’ means Wednesday and also defines the natural, geographical and social environment.

Sreda Mix: Kate NV

With her recently released third album Room for the Moon alluding to Japanese music and Soviet children’s movies and TV shows, Moscow-based pop experimentalist Kate NV has cemented her position as a compelling and singular voice in songwriting today. For the first instalment of the Sreda mix series, she crafts an hour of whimsical pop songs and angular off-kilter instrumentals. “I called this mix ‘The Crouching Tigger’. It is a combination of guitar madness and delicate pop. Tigger, though a goofy character, is still a tiger. So is the music in this mix – at times it’s completely outlandish and harsh, but still extremely gentle. And there’s also my favourite part from Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite, which goes well with the score from Neon Genesis Evangelion.”