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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Groves are a band based in South London but originally formed in Manchester at the start of 2015. After an early flurry, the band spent a year playing live without even thinking about recording and this period saw them throw a string of warehouse parties, aptly titled ‘Late Night Grooves’ that they hosted in a local railway arch. Their perfect balance of subtle and well rendered live instrumentation and more visceral and nocturnal electronic elements became pivotal to their sound.
Newly signed to PIAS, Groves have just shared “Do You Feel”, a captivating new tune, mixing crisp live percussion and shimmering, richly textured electronics. Frontman Nick Hayes says of the track: “We use a lot of analogue gear. We like working with tape delays and real reverbs. Without wanting to sound horribly clichéd, they just provide warmth and make things more approachable… It’s really important to us that the songs feel human”
Groves are soon to announce a string of UK live dates to support the release. More info on Facebook or SoundCloud. Buy on
Singer, songwriter and producer Hayden James returns with a new infectious jam, “Just A Lover”, out via Future Classic. The track premiered last month on Stereogum and quickly made the rounds in the blogosphere and beyond, charting on Hype Machine and turning heads with its intricate percussion and catchy vocals.
A remix package for “Just A Lover” has also been revealed featuring remixes from Pomo, Karma Kid and Frits Wentlink.
After completing a run of Australian and Asia shows, James is set to embark on a mammoth 19-date US tour kicking off in October. For more info, check out his official site or Facebook. Buy on
Cooling you off from the summer sun, British/French electro duo Loframes and Paris-based dreampop wunderkind Anoraak team up for a disco-chill release. “Since You’ve Gone” guides listeners through a sea of psychedelic guitars, lush chords and ethereal vocals that will resonate with anyone who’s ever been in love.
Accompanying the original are two remixes that retool the song for clubs. Brooklyn’s own Lefti boosts the tempo and trades disco for synthpop, paying homage to an era of neon skylines and underground clubs. Swiss producer Worship closes out the EP with layer upon layer of synths building the track up to an ecstatic climax.
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Moderat are Modeselektor and Apparat, two electronic music heavyweights who have brought IDM from Berlin to the farthest flung corners of the world for the past 10 years. Released last April, III is the third and final installment in their trilogy of dystopian albums. One standout track from the album came as the song “Running,” which has since been making its rounds in the remix world.
The song’s sonic palette spans intricate percussions, cascading synths, a driving kick drum and a wealth of feel-good vibes. This is a highly emotive kind of pop, built for dancing, but never simple. As described by Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), “Running is about being part of a mass. A mass that constantly needs to move to function, but one that’s not deciding directions by itself.”
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