Category Archives: Russia

VIDEO : ВРЕМЯ И СТЕКЛО – BACK2LETO (SynthPop – Ukraine)

Ukrainian synthpop duo Время и Стекло (Vremya i Steklo) have shared a cool new video for their summer banger “Back2Leto”.  Released on June 9, this new track is a throwback to 80s and 90s pop music, featuring a funky beat, bouncy bass line and synths galore.

The duo have garnered quite a reputation for their quirky videos (“Имя 505”, “Песня 404”, “Навернопотомучто”) and “Back2Leto” is no exception. The video was directed by Illarion Efremov and you can watch it above or stream the song below.

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MANA ISLAND – DOTS (Electro/Synth – Russia)

Mana Island

Created in 2013, Moscow-based band Mana Island is an ever-evolving project combining the talents of Alexey Doronin (vocals), Nikita Stashevskiy (guitars), Dmitry Lukyanenko (bass, keys), Maxim Bazilevich (guitars, keys) and Ivan Amelchenko (drums, percussion). Seeking inspiration in completely different music styles, the Russian outfit is best known known for sleek, bouncy, upbeat tunes and sun-kissed vocals. Their latest single “DOTS” is a sensual electronic soul song, made with an eye on the current trends in pop music from The Weeknd and Active Child to Robyn and Sohn.

Mana Island’s 2015 debut album Levin and several singles (including “Bae”, a collaboration with Daniil Brod from Pompeya) have made the name of Mana Island recognizable to a wide indie music audience in their native Russia and it won’t be long before their following crosses the border to expand to the rest of the world.

Find out more on Mana Island’s SoundCloud and Facebook. Download their music on

ВРЕМЯ И СТЕКЛО – НАВЕРНОПОТОМУЧТО (Dance/Pop – Ukraine)

After the mind-boggling success of single “Имя 505” (over 100M views on YouTube), Ukrainian synthpop duo Время и Стекло (Vremya i Steklo) is back with yet another infectious electro-tinged pop gem. New single “Навернопотомучто” is an hymn to the late-night revels which brings echoes of the summer that slowly surrenders to autumn.

As per usual, Nadya Dorofeeva and Pozitiv have come up with an eye-catching music video for the new song and it’s already gone viral! Premiered on YouTube two months ago, it has been watched over 21M times to date. Get an eyeful below!

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МОНАТИК – ЗВУЧИТ (Alt/Pop – Ukraine)

Ukrainian pop sensation MONATIK took the charts by storm in 2014 with his debut full length Саундтрек сегодняшнего дня and he is back with a brand new 16-track album titled Звучит. The young singer/songwriter’s sophomore effort includes 2015 single “Сейчас”, as well as “Тише” featuring local pop star Anna Sedokova.

Acclaimed by critics and bloggers in Ukraine and Russia, MONATIK’s new album is on track to become one of this year’s most successful releases with the two most recents singles “Выходной” and “Кружит” already clocking up over 3 million YouTube views.


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saturday nite with… IVAN DORN

Ivan Dorn (Photo by Andrey Koren)

Ukrainian singer/songwriter Ivan Dorn (Иван Дорн) released his debut album Co’N’Dorn back in 2012, spawning no less than 8 singles. Two of the most successful tracks were hit single “Стыцамен” and the off-beat “Бигуди”, co-written with Aleksey Kolioglu and nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Muz-TV Awards.

Иван Дорн - Бигуди     


Dorn’s sophomore album Randorn hit the shelves in 2014, further consolidating his position as one of Ukraine’s most promising young artists. In recent years he has released a string of singles and viral videos that have racked up over 12 million views on YouTube.

More info on his official site or Facebook. Buy on