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The Russian Futurists, the long-running indie-pop project of Toronto musician Matthew Adam Hart, haven’t released any music since 2010’s  “The Weight’s on the Wheels”  That changes today. Because today, Hart is releasing a new EP/mixtape called “Reality Burger With A Side Of Life” as a free download. As he explains in a statement:

“I put out my last actual record in 2010 and never stopped making music, doing it for fun makes the music infinitely more satisfying. I have hundreds of unfinished songs and these are the ones that seemed to deserve my attention. I’ve always loved making sample-based music and this project is a snapshot of what I get up to on most nights with my sampler. I’ve always wanted the Russian Futurists to be the sound of me with too many drinks etc. in my system in my basement; the distillation of Eric B. & Rakim, the Alchemist, and the Cocteau Twins all hanging out around a bunch of dusty records.”

The EP is a 16 minute, seven track banger, plus a collaboration with fellow Toronto producer Swim Good Now. As promised, it’s The Russian Futurists as sampledelia, with Hart piling his usual exuberant hooks atop a patchwork of older soul, R&B, and pop songs. Chow down on that delicious Reality Burger With A Side Of Life

Listen – Stereogum

August 15, 2019

The Russian Futurists Matt Hart is the new Morning Show Host on Toronto’s newest commercial radio station Indie88. Their official programming schedule was launched last week starting with “Indie88 Mornings” which includes Brian Bailey,  Candice Knihnitski AND our very own Matthew Adam Hart.


Listen to Matt every Monday to Friday 6am-10am EST on the dial 88.1 in Toronto or streaming worldwide on Indie88.com.

More info here.

September 6, 2013

The Russian Futurists and long time pal Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys link up on the Futurists latest gem “Cochineal Red”… Check out the premier on Stereogum who are calling it “a jittery and heartfelt synthpop track that boasts an energetic twinkle and a house thump deep enough that it could get some actual club burn”

Get “Cochineal Red” on iTunes or the

UC Boutique

June 25, 2013

The Russian Futurists, Matthew Adam Hart is hosting CBC Radio 3 on December 15, 16, 22 and 23. Tune-in to hear Matt’s witty banter, and always awesome music mix. In the meantime you can check out The Russian Futurists Artist Series Podcast featuring Caribou, DVAS, Junior Boys, Think About Life, The Unicorns, Stars, Mantler and U-Tern.  Follow us on twitter for exact show schedule.

December 12, 2012

NXEW.ca’s 3rd annual Shadow Polaris, a fan-voted version of the media-voted Polaris Music Prize, goes to The Russian Futurists THE WEIGHT’S ON THE WHEELS, for Best Canadian Album of 2010.

Congratulations to Matthew Adam Hart, the man behind The Russian Futurists, and a big thank you to the fans across Canada who voted for his fabulous album that includes the electro-pop jams “Hoeing Weeds, Sowing Seeds” and the Ruth Minnikin duet “One Night, One Kiss“.

At this very moment, you can pick up a CD or Digital copy of THE WEIGHT’S ON THE WHEELS right here at The UC Boutique for $5.00, a part of our UC Fall Classic Sale!

September 27, 2011


Spank Rock “Energy” (Produced by Boys Noize)
Say Hi To Your Mom “Devils”
Charles Bradley “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”
Thao & Mirah “Eleven”
Tokyo Police Club “End Of A Spark”
Sleeper Agent “Get It Daddy”
Ra Ra Riot “Boy”
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart “Heart in Your Heartbreak”
Givers “Up Up Up”
Matt & Kim “Block After Block (Single Version)”
The Russian Futurists “Golden Years”
J Roddy Walston & The Business “Brave Man’s Death”
The Elected “Go For The Throat”
Jarrod Gorbel “Each Breath”
Theophilus London “Girls Girls”

Diesel has teamed up with eMusic to provide Diesel Island with an official soundtrack! The 15-track digital sampler will be available via a download card that Diesel stores across the USA. The card is free, no purchase is necessary.

August 30, 2011

NXEW has announced the short-list of their third annual Shadow Polaris Music Prize, and amongst the top 10 is our very own The Russian Futurists with The Weight’s On The Wheels. Voting closes September 20.  Previous winners are The Wooden Sky and Julie Doiron.

Send some love to The Futurists – vote as often as you want!

August 29, 2011

The Russian Futurists aka Matthew Adam Hart has curated the newest Artist Series Podcast for CBC Radio 3.  Listen here and join Matt on a musical journey of Canada’s finest electro jams, with hot cuts from CaribouJunior BoysDVASThink About LifeThe UnicornsStarsMantler and U-Tern.

August 8, 2011

“The Russian Futurists have perfected their sugary electro-pop sound” NYLON MAGAZINE

“Adorable boy-meets-girl indie pop. Their cheeky lyrics pulse with a surprisingly danceable beat”

“His wide smile never gets tiresome”

Get “One Night, One Kiss” at iTunes here!

The Russian Futurists, aka Matthew Adam Hart, and Heavy Blinkers crooner Ruth Minnikin trade verses in this sugary duet about hooking up. “One Night, One Kiss” is a playfully seductive clip shot by fashion photographer Angus Rowe MacPherson, set in our idealized memory of youth, playing with the song’s sense of aching wonder at the discovery of new love. A couple

meet while hanging out with mutual friends, they share a magical moment of hopeless romanticism at the party; their friends become nothing more than blurry, insignificant light and colour as the two lovebirds ditch the scene, set out on an all night journey through the early morning to her apartment, which they proceed to tear to shreds as they flirt their way through costumes, candy jars, lamps, tables, and anything else in their path keeping them from their ultimate moment of this one night, this one kiss.

VOTE for the “One Night, One Kiss” Video on MuchMoreMusic here!
Just pan down on the linked page, check mark the video and hit submit…do it once or more a day!

The Russian Futurists European Tour starts tomorrow night in Hamburg – The Russian Futurists and Architecture In Helsinki, two geographically misleading but amazing bands, hit Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Italy on this tour! That’s right – the bands are not hitting Russia nor Finland.

04-06 Hamburg – Knust *
04-07 Luxembourg – Exit 07 @ Rotondes *
04-08 Brussels – Le Botanique #
04-09 Rotterdam – Motel Mozaique Festival +
04-10 Strasbourg – Super Mon Amore Festival &
04-12 London – XOYO *
04-13 Manchester – Academy 3 *
04-14 Glasgow – Oran Mor *
04-15 Dublin – The Button Factory *
04-16 Brighton – Concorde 2 *
04-18 Cologne – Gebäude 9 *
04-19 Copenhagen – Vega *
04-20 Berlin – Maria *
04-21 Vienna – Wuk *
04-22 Prague – Sperm Festival %
04-24 Basel – Kaserne *
04-25 Turin – Spazio 211 *
04-26 Milan – Magnolia *
04-28 Paris – L’International
04-30 London – Camden Crawl
05-01 London – Camden Crawl

* with Architecture In Helsinki
# with Yelle
+ with Belle And Sebastian, James Blake, Lykke Li
& with Architecture In Helsinki, Rainbow Arabia
% with Dan Deacon, Why?

April 5, 2011


Your pals at Upper Class will give you a chance to win access to see Cadence Weapon, DVAS and The Russian Futurists at Canadian Music Week – and we’re getting started right now!

CADENCE WEAPON @ The Opera House March 12

Simply cut and paste the following message and Tweet it from your account or RT the same message posted from @Upper_Class:

Win Tickets to see Cadence Weapon live at Opera House! Follow @Upper_Class & @Roland_Weapon and RT to win it! http://tinyurl.com/62xf6h6

March 5, 2011

“clubby beats and catchy hooks for dancing in the fields” USA Today
“The Russian Futurists have perfected their sugary electro-pop sound” Nylon Mag
“So damn good” Pitchfork

You can download the first single ‘Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds’ for free at www.russianfuturists.com
“One Night, One Kiss” will be stuck in your head real soon!

If you’re in Canada you can watch The Russian Futurists beautiful live performance on MTV

And congrats to our Futurists – who were the only band in months to be strong enough to hold down #1 for multiple weeks on the Canadian College Radio Chart.  Bam!

March 3, 2011

Celebrating the November 16th release of The Weight’s On The Wheels with two shows in New York City and a string of dates this week on the Eastern Seaboard ending in Chicago, The Russian Futurists return home to play at Wrong Bar (1279 Queen St. West) on December 2nd.

The Weight’s On The Wheels is catching some serious love, from Marie Claire, Spin and iTunes to Radio 3, KCRW and KEXP!

#3 and climbing RADIO 3 R3-30
TOP 10 KCRW-FM/Los Angeles
#3 Most Added CMJ Top 200

“Pulsating beats and danceable synths explode into listeners’ ears right from the beginning” Filter Magazine

“Listeners are engaged, blessed and never let go…35 minutes of silver-pop uplift and aural synthetic caffeine” Globe and Mail

“Hart reasserts himself as one of Canada’s finest party-starters… From the rollicking electro-pop of “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds” to the frantic, neon strobe-lit pulse of “Tripping Horses,” this disc is a beat-heavy blowout that blends pop with hip-hop and adds a dash of pill-fuelled madness.” Eye Weekly

“adorable boy-meets-girl indie pop. Their cheeky lyrics pulse with a surprisingly danceable beat” Marie Claire


November 24, 2010

Download First Single “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds” Now
U.S. Tour and Toronto Release Party at Wrong Bar Dec 2

“pulsating beats and danceable synths explode into listener’s ears right from the beginning…pure pop bliss” Filter Magazine

“pure electronic exuberance with a fist-pump-worthy beat” Magnet Magazine

“His wide smile never gets tiresome” SPIN Magazine

“From the rollicking electro-pop of “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds” to the frantic, neon strobe-lit pulse of “Tripping Horses,” this disc is a beat-heavy blowout that blends pop with hip-hop and adds a dash of pill-fuelled madness.” Eye Weekly

Canada’s psychedelic pop star, The Russian Futurists, is back with a stunning new studio album – The Weight’s On The Wheels – due out tomorrow on Upper Class Recordings. The Toronto based artist aka Matthew Adam Hart produced the new album with the aid of Michael Musmanno (Outkast, Lilys, Arrested Development) and sonically takes his sound out of the bedroom and onto the airwaves. The Weight’s On The Wheels captures the Futurists in full pop regalia from start to finish.

The Russian Futurists released his debut album The Method of Modern Love on Upper Class nearly a decade ago and quickly caught the ear of musicians and critics alike earning Matthew Adam Hart comparisons to Magnetic Fields and Flaming Lips, raves from Pitchfork, SPIN, The Guardian and XLR8R and praise from established acts Blur, REM and Snow Patrol.

He followed up his debut with two more critically acclaimed releases – Let’s Get Ready to Crumble (Upper Class 2002) and Our Thickness (Upper Class 2005) and in 2007, Me Myself and Rye – a collection of The Futurists’ hottest songs – was released. The compilation took off and The Russian Futurists found himself touring with Peter, Bjorn & John, Caribou and Junior Boys among others.  Thanks to Hart’s knack for producing catchy dreamy pop music and continued critical acclaim, he found himself remixing Sloan, Lo-Fi Fnk, Stars, Shout Out Louds, Sally Shapiro, Dykehouse and labelmates Cadence Weapon.

Now it’s 2010 and The Russian Futurists is back with The Weight’s On The Wheels – a monster pop record. The first song on the album, “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds” – mixed by Grammy Award Winner Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer, The Bravery) – is a celebration explosion, a thumping and glorious beat with classic Matthew Hart triumphant vocals rising atop the electronic paradise; the track is available as a free download at www.russianfuturists.com.

Catch the band on tour, and be there to welcome them home at their Toronto Release Party December 2nd at Wrong Bar with special guests DVAS.

The Russian Futurists LIVE
11.16 New York – Mercury Lounge
11.17 Brooklyn – Littlefield
11.18 Philadelphia – Danger Danger Gallery
11.19 Washington DC – The Red Palace
11.20 Harrisonburg – Blue Nile
11.21 Pittsburgh – Garfield Artworks
11.22 Cleveland – Grog Shop
11.23 Cincinnati – Madhatters
11.24 Chicago – Darkroom
12.02 Toronto – Wrong Bar

November 16, 2010

On Friday Matthew Adam Hart and his live formation of The Russian Futurists made a live appearance on Canada’s National Radio Network, CBC Radio 1’s morning show “Q”.  Hart jammed out three new tracks from The Weight’s On The Wheels and spoke with host Jian Ghomeshi about all things Futurist!  Q has been kind enough to share with us some video – The Russian Futurists performing brand new track “Register My Firearms? No Way!”

You can now pre-order The Weight’s On The Wheels right here at the UC Boutique or on iTunes!

November 9, 2010


Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 8:00pm
presented with CJLO-FM
Cabaret Juste Pour Rire : SIRIUS Venue
2111 Boul St. Laurent

9pm – The Russian Futurists
10pm – Miracle Fortress
11pm – Diamond Rings
12am – DVAS
Cadence Weapon DJ Sets

Tickets: Admission.com, Phonopolis, Atom Heart, L’oblique, Cheap Thrills


September 24, 2010

UC is thrilled to spread the good word that The Russian Futurists is back with a stunning new album – The Weight’s On The Wheels – due out November 16th.  The Futurists produced the new album with the aid of Michael Musmanno (OutkastLilysArrested Development) and sonically takes his sound out of the bedroom and onto the airwaves.  The Weight’s On The Wheels captures the Futurists in full pop regalia from start to finish.

You want a taste?  The band is giving away the first track “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds” from the LP at www.russianfuturists.com. The song is mixed by Grammy Award Winner Michael Brauer, who has mixed everything from Luther Vandross “Never Too Much” to Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”.

But Wait! There’s More!  HOEING WEEDS SOWING SEEDS + REMIXES EP includes incredible remixes by DVASMelee Beats and Johan Sigerud that take this new jam by The Russian Futurists in seriously radical directions.  Available immediately at the UC Boutique, and iTunes starting tomorrow, Sept 20th.

We are so very excited to release The Weight’s On The Wheels – The Russian Futurists have made a stunning pop monster, and we think you’re going to lose your mind.  In the meantime, we highly recommend you grab the Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds + Remixes EP.

If you didn’t catch The Russian Futurists on tour with Caribou last week, there’s still one more chance September 30th at the POP Montreal 2010 UC Throwdown at Juste Pour Rire.

Stay tuned for much more news on music and touring by The Russian Futurists!

September 19, 2010

2K Sports has announced the soundtrack for NBA® 2K11, the latest installment in the top rated and top selling NBA basketball simulation franchise. The soundtrack is the biggest and best in 2K history, offering an eclectic mix of upcoming breakout bands and highly acclaimed artists. The Soundtrack will include not one, but two classics by The Russian Futurists!!! While shootin’ hoops with your home boys you’ll jam to two Russian Futurists tracks Paul Simon and Precious Metals. The soundtrack also includes Snoop DoggBig BoiDrakeKid Cudi and The Alan Parsons Project.

In celebration of the forthcoming brand new single by The Russian Futurists, and soon after – the long-awaited new album THE WEIGHT’S ON

THE WHEELS, Matthew Hart is taking his live band out with music homies Caribou (we love Caribou’s wikipedia photo!) to give audiences in Ontario and Quebec a tasting of the new sounds of The Russian Futurists.  They have also been confirmed on the line-up for the 2010 POP MONTREAL Upper Class/Secret City Party at Juste Pour Rire September 30.

September 14 – Guelph – E-Bar (w/Caribou)
September 15 – Ottawa – Babylon (w/Caribou)
September 16 – Montreal – Le National (w/Caribou)
September 17 – Toronto – The Phoenix (w/Caribou)
September 30 – Montreal – POP MONTREAL (w/DVAS, Miracle Fortress, Diamond Rings, Cadence Weapon DJ Set)

Stay tuned for exciting news about the new single by The Russian Futurists coming very soon!

September 1, 2010

The Russian Futurists prepare for this summer’s unveiling of the long awaited new album The Weight’s On The Wheels coming courtesy of yours truly Upper Class Recordings, our friends at Ghostly International have just released a compilation that features The Russian Futurists covering Dykehouse’s “When You Come”

The Horizon Line / Ghostly By Night is a Ghostly International double-disc compilation featuring ten remixes and reinterpretations of Ghostly International classics and ten new, forthcoming, and unreleased songs. Contributors include MadlibMax TundraSolventDabryeBullion…and the compilation closes, fittingly, with an oldie but goodie: Dykehouse’s feedback-laced creeper “When You Come” turned into a beautiful electro-pop jam by The Russian Futurists.

Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night was released as a double-disc CD on May 4. The compilation or single tracks can be bought digitally now through the Ghostly Store

May 14, 2010
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