‘Veselaya Karusel,’ translates to ‘Jolly Carousel.’ What is Jolly Carousel?
So…. what the fuck is this? It’s an old Russian cartoon from the 1960s, and it played on Russian TV until 2002. It was sampled, along with Beavis & Butthead, for an extremely noisy and fun breakcore compilation called, ‘Moscow Breakcore Masscare.’ It was released by The RusZud label, and features 18 trax, and can be downloaded right here, for free.
It’s had thousands and thousands of downloads, but if you live out my half of the globe, I can almost guarantee you haven’t heard it. It’s a gem from 2009. Yep, five years ago.. The… ‘Good Old Days,’ …? Though I can’t imagine what was good about them, as everyone was just entering the peak of worldwide recession, but… Anyway, yep. I thought I post about this now, however, because I just found this lovely compilation this morning, and it’s crazy, and seeing as breakbeats and breakcore are starting to slowly come back, little by little, I thought I’d post about this rare-but-recent classic.
I found this comp while doing a google image search for breakcore — yes, I did a google image search for breakcore… I enjoy doing random google image searches… it’s a fuckin passtime :) anyway, I found the following information from the site http://www.farfrommoscow.com/articles/new-breakcore-graffiti-on-maiakovskii-square.html :::
The RusZud label recently released an intriguing new breakcore compilation, entitled “Moscow Breakcore Masscare.” It features 18 new tracks from almost as many artists and has – as we see – a rather bizarre cover, too. Front and center is a well-known statue of poet Vladimir Maiakovskii (1893-1930), surrounded by large explosions, engravings of angels, evidently peeved serpents, and 19th-century engineering sketches. At the foot of this inexplicable melange of things divine, hellish, and mechanical are a couple of male DJs, with human hands and piscine bodies.
Clearly there are surprises ahead.
The biggest of these is perhaps the back cover (which we’d rather not show you). It contains a picture of Beavis holding a chainsaw to the edge of an old vinyl 45, which produces jagged red soundwaves. Over his exposed brain, decorated with rubber plungers, is a severed part of the male anatomy (i.e., someone else’s!); it is flying by with great speed, having been recently detached from its owner. What on earth this all means is unclear, until we take a look at the tracklisting. Track #16, the longest and most intricate on the album, is by Moscow’s Gnomcorps (below); its title makes reference to a “Gay Parade on Maiakovskii Square,” where our statue is located in Moscow.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Will, the breakcore is stupendous, simply mesmerizing, but we need more old school Russian cartoons!!! Deliver!”
Here is ‘Как Львёнок и Черепаха пели песню’ !!!!
(‘How Lion and Turtle sang a song’)
…and, of course, more Veselaya Karusel: ‘Антошка, Два веселых гуся, Рыжий – конопатый и т.д.’ !
(‘Antoshka Two cheerful goose, Auburn – freckled, etc.’ )