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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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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Russian outfit On-The-Go was formed in 2007 in Tolyatti and then moved to Moscow in early 2009. Initially they dabbled in dance-rock but, after a few years of experimentation, the band drastically changed their sound to adopt a style closer to Western indie pop.
The band’s brand new album Origins is a testament to their technical virtuosity as it clearly expands their sound palette to include hints of synthpop, low-fi blues and chamber indie-folk. What really stands out in this collection of emotion-laden songs is the vocal performance of frontman Yurii Makarychev, who has grown into a self-assured and extremely skilled singer over the years.
Amongst guitar solos, futuristic beats, elaborate and lush arrangements, the complexity of On-The-Go’s album reveals itself a little more every time, taking the listener on an emotional journey where each note, each sound, counts and experimentation plays a key role.
Bonus: On-The-Go put their spin on Ivan Dorn‘s single “Teleport”
Иван Дорн - Телепорт (On-The-Go Remix)
Find out more on the band’s Facebook and listen to more tunes on their SoundCloud. Buy the new album on
Hailing from Ukraine, Время и Стекло (Vremya i Steklo or Time and Glass in English) is an electro dance duo made up of Aleksey Zavgorodniy (aka Pozitiv) and Nadya Dorofeeva. Their blend of infectious synth-infused pop caught the world by storm with 2015 single “Имя 505” and they are now set to do the same with their new tune “Песня 404” which is quickly gaining traction in Ukraine and abroad.
Время и Стекло - Песня 404
Время и Стекло - Имя 505
For their previous single “Имя 505” the duo shot a surreal music video that went viral and got around 70M views on YouTube, hugely contributing to the song becoming a massive hit across Ukraine, Russia and the CIS. While the clip for “Песня 404” is yet to achieve the same feat, it has already been watched 10M times. Not bad!
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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.
For more info, check out Pompeya’s official site or Facebook. You can download all their music on