The first of two visits to Moscow, a city whose contemporary culture is all too often eclipsed by international politics.
This month's Global Beats is the first of two from Moscow, a city whose contemporary culture is all too often eclipsed by international politics. Presenter Jamie Coomarasamy, a former BBC Moscow Correspondent and long-time Russian music lover, steps away from diplomatic spats to hear from Moscow's new generation of musicians and songwriters.
Rap is hugely popular in Russia right now and one of the most interesting rappers is Mnogoznaal. He comes originally from the Komi Republic in the far north of the country, and speaks out in his lyrics about social problems including poverty and drug addiction amongst Komi's youth.
There’s also ambient electronica, punk-jazz, and a trip down the rabbit hole to the heart of Moscow's rave culture.
(Photo: Russian rapper Mnogoznaal. Credit: Jon Wiltshire)