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Obscure Rhythms by Abelle

Arma17 founder delivers a mix in anticipation of the group’s nine-year anniversary celebration.

Arma17, one of the most prominent techno communities and promoter groups in Russia, is celebrating its ninth birthday at Arsenal City Space in St. Petersburg on April 29. For two days the former industrial facilities, which were built during the reign of Peter the Great as a warehouse, will transform into four art spaces under the guidance of artists from the Tundra and Phosphor collectives, along with Fedor Miller, Artem Stefanov, and Igor Skaletski.

The event's lineup includes some big names: Helena Hauff, Ambiq, UF, Demdike Stare, Spacetravel, Sammy Dee, The Mole, Rude 66, Hieroglyphic Being artists on par with Arma residents such as Abelle, Poima, Noizar, Dasha Redkina, Anton Zap, Ranishe Niyaak and more. The Gost Zvuk imprint will be hosting a special dance floor at night, with live acts by Flaty, Nocow, Buttechno and Lapti.

The birthday celebration will continue in Berlin at Griessmühle on May 27 and at London’s Great Suffolk Street Warehouse on September 23, an event hosted by Arma17 in collaboration with Unleash.

In preparation for the party, Arma’s resident Abelle recorded a mysterious but melodic one-hour mix full of obscure industrial reverberations, rough and tough techno cuts and cold wave moods that suggest listeners slow down and save energy for the two-day celebration. Abelle started DJing in 2006 and was one of the masterminds behind opening the Arma17 nightclub in 2008, which almost immediately became the main techno venue in Moscow. Since then she has become the main creative force in art direction and an expert performer in the dark sides of techno, acid and electro – engaging audiences in thoughtful, unpredictable and deep sets, especially in after hour slots.

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