The Moscow electronic music label Association Exotica released a unique 2-CD collection, "Exotica Versus The Beatles," at the beginning of this year.
The collection is unique in all senses. First, a rethinking of The Beatles' contribution to modern electronic music was whittled down to just two CDs. Second, almost all the electronic musicians in Russia from Moscow's Dr. Tikov to the Rostov-on-Don art band Ubic presented their versions of their favorite Beatles songs to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Liverpool foursome.
Initially planned as a light collection of lounge tunes, the album has turned out to be different. The participating musicians have not treated The Beatles as carelessly as was expected. That is why it finally had to come out on two CDs. The light music "White" one was released on the super-label Exotica Lights and the conceptual "Black" one on the label Exotica. Without a doubt, the White CD will sell better than the conceptual and thought-provoking Black CD. Listening to the Black CD might only exacerbate Muscovites' winter blues and urge for hibernation. However, the Black CD has its pluses, too, especially the vocal track "Real Love" performed by the up-and-coming Suf/Faces. The album also contains a retrospective piece by Nochnoi Prospekt, which was initially released 10 years ago.