Best Tracks of 2015
as selected by Gleb Vorontsov



This Tumen-based group was named after one of Disclosure tracks, and they actually sounds quite like them.

However, Lividup say their influences start with Ray Charles’ soul and end with modern house music.

Lividup on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.


“Moving On Up”

Synth-pop, new wave, soul, funk – all these genres are familiar to this band, based in Saint Petersburg.

And Vougal, founded just two years ago, use all those influences to produce smart and cheerful music.

Vougal on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.


Eerie Summer
“Means Nothing to You”

Eerie Summer is a solo artist from St. Petersburg, who produces tender lyrics for love songs, with cuddly guitar riffs.

Her new album “The Way I Don’t Understand Anything Anymore”, was one of the biggest lo-fi release last year. Must listen for lo-fi addicted.

Eerie Summer on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, YouTube.



His music is a trendy, slowed-down R’n’B, and in “Uvertyura” (“Увертюра”, or “Overture”) you might recognize influences of artists like Movement and James Blake.

БЦХ (B-TS-KH) sings in Russian, using lyrics from Russian Silver Age poetry, but we hope he will soon start writing personal texts as well.

БЦХ on Soundcloud, Facebook.


Synecdoche Montauk

Singer-songwriter Synecdoche Montauk (Синекдоха Монток) used to play acoustic guitar ballads, but nowadays – with the help of sound producers Moa Pillar and SaveShe – he records completely other music.

In short, I could describe his current efforts as “new r’n’b”, which can be compared with James Blake and Jamie Woon. “Schastlivchik” (Счастливчик), or “The Lucky One” comes from his latest EP, “Lebedinoe Myaso“.

Synecdoche Montauk on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte, Instagram – and beehype.



On-The-Go are an indie-pop band from Russia’s capital. Their music is a mesmerizing combination of local background, quest for the new sound, and Russian authentic melodies.

These inspirations are backed by refined arrangements, thought-out sound produced by Max Makarychev, and distinctive lyrics written by his brother Yura.

On-The-Go on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, www.


“Heavy Wave”

Main Russian post-punk band released their third album, “Poverty”, in 2015 and had a big tour around Europe, South America and of course plenty of gigs in their motherland.

Originally from the city of Rostov-on-Don, Motoram make guitar pop inspired by 1980s new wave and independent dance scene with thick bass-lines and military drums.

Motorama on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, www.



In 2015, Moscow-based trio Pompeya released their third album, “Real”, co-produced by Brian Mctear who worked with artists like Local Natives, War on Drugs, and Twin Sister.

The album was recorded in Philadelphia, New York City, Savannah and Orlando — all places Pompeya had never been before. “Pasadena” is the second track on the LP, and one of its highlights.

Pompeya on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, www.


Ne Tvoe Delo

Ne Tvoe Delo (Не твое дело), or Not Your Business, is a new solo project of Anya Ayrapetova, a former member of the band Manicure. To date, she has released two songs: “Ya Budu Ryadom” (“I’ll be there for you”) and “Lozh” (meaning “Lies”).

She’s also shot a video for the latter track, and the clip is quite similar to the famous video of The Knife. In general, it’s pretty cool – and it seems that we must follow Anya’s music.

Ne Tvoe Delo on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.


Mana Island
“Bitten (If You Say So)”

Moscow indie pop band Mana Island sounds as if Two Doors Cinema Club were more funky and groovy. Their lyrics are cheeky and written with the charm of a heart-throb, making Mana Island the perfect boys to front covers.

And even before their debut album was released, they had been personally picked by Foals as support acts for their gigs in Russia.

Mana Island on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


Parks, Squares and Alleys
“Soft Clouds”

This Moscow-based band has released one of the most impressive albums of the last year. “Against Illusions and Reality” is full of catchy rhymes, unforgettable melodies.

It is not easy to choose best track from this album, which leaves you in a great mood after listening. But let me choose “Soft Clouds”.

Parks, Squares and Alleys on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


Kedr Livanskiy

“Sgoraet”, or “Burning Down”, is a recent track from Yana Kedrina who performs under the monicker Kedr Livanskiy (Lebanese Cedar).

Pitchfork published it with a short, but highly complementary tagline; in particular, there is a passage about the similarities with the early Grimes and Laurel Halo.

Kedr Livanskiy on Soundcloud, YouTube, Facebook.


“Ravestar Supreme”

Breakthrough for Russian indie-scene in 2015: UK tour, article in “The Guardian” and an English manager.

Their music is refreshed shoe-gaze, but the band describe themselves as Thunder pop Kung-fu-gaze.

Pinkshinyultrablast on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.