Kedr Livanskiy makes music that sounds like it was rebuilt from ruins: her voice drifts on a cloud of echo somewhere way above, while the beat shifts and slides under your feet. The 25-year-old producer and vocalist's latest, "Keep Your Word," is both her most unstable and most arresting yet. Just when you think you're settling into an electronic daydream, she blows the whistle and lets the frenetic rhythms of jungle reign.
That carefully structured chaos might have something to do with her surroundings, as well as the broken-down beat collage approach she shares with favorite artists like Aphex Twin, Laurel Halo, or Dean Blunt.
Of growing up in Russia in the '90s, she says: "Of course the big problem was perpetual drunkenness—people would drink themselves to death," she wrote in a statement emailed to The FADER. "I was born on October 4, 1990. It was a very interesting but critical time for Russia—a time of great change. The Soviet Union was no more, and old values were anathematized because of the reconstruction."
Livanskiy's latest EP January Sun is out Friday, February 19; listen to "Keep Your Word" below, and pre-order the EP here.