Russian singer/songwriter Elena Temnikova (Елена Темникова) shared her third released in less than two years a couple of months ago on April 27th. Despite its title, TEMNIKOVA III – Не Модные, this is actually her first full-length album, and just like her two previous EPs it is self-produced and self-released. Although “Не Модные” literally translates as “not fashionable”, the title track combines very forward-looking arrangements inspired by deep house, R&B-infused beats and catchy pop vocals.
Temnikova came to prominence as one of the three members of Russian pop outfit Serebro, which represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. After placing third in the contest, the band rapidly became one of the most successful artists in Russia. At the height of her fame with Serebro, Elena Temnikova decided to leave the outfit and start her solo career, releasing a few singles which set the tone for her new sound. Her EPs TEMNIKOVA I and TEMNIKOVA II, released in 2016 and 2017, included songs ranging from vigorous dance numbers, to soulful ballads, introspective deep house and urban R&B.
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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.
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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.
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Tarshin is the latest newcomer to the budding Russian electronic music scene, but although this young singer songwriter is a still a new name, he has already managed to establish himself as a promising musician and gained recognition amongst his peers.
Tarshin recently unveiled his debut single “Around (I Will Share)”, as well as the accompanying video which was directed by Stanislas Morozov and features Ukrainian pop princess Anna Sedokova.
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Hailing from Moscow, indie-pop purveyors Pompeya have dazzled the music scene both at home and abroad with catchy synth melodies, bouncy bass lines and soulful vocals, inspired by 70s disco, 80s New Wave and 90s indie rock. Theirlast album Real has received the remix treatment and Mishu Records has decided to release all the reworks as an 11-track compilation, Real x Night (The Remixes).
The record features remixes and bonus tracks showcasing a selection of both heavyweights and up-and-comers including Amtrac, Mystery Skulls, Win & Woo, Jerome LOL, The Twelves and Moullinex.
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