Best Albums of 2017
by Natsagdorj Tserendorj of Hi-Fi

Baraa & Miigaa <BR> “M Tradition”

Baraa & Miigaa
“M Tradition”

Two musicians, flutist Мiigaa and hammered dulcimer player Baraa, founded a group in 2010. The duo won second prize at the first ever Mongolia’s Got Talent show in 2016 and became household names in Mongolia.

“M-Tradition” is Baraa & Miigaa’a debut album. It’s a compilation of the best traditional Mongolian songs, brilliantly performed by duo in a contemporary style.

♪♫ Listen: “Jalam Har

Baraa & Miigaa on Facebook.

Tselmuun <BR> “Defined”


Tselmuun is the first winner of popular talent show “Universal best songs” organized by UBS TV. She started her solo career in 2010 and now released her second album “Defined”.

This album was hailed by many critics and fellow artists as Tselmuun’s best so far. Currently, she studies in Japan.

♪♫ Listen: “Haa negen gazar” (“Somewhere”)

Tselmuun on Facebook, Instagram.

Аngirmaa <BR> “Ungu ayas”

“Ungu ayas”

Angirmaa is a talented producer and singer-songwriter, who started her career in early 90s. She produced one of most succesful girl bands of Mongolia, Kiwi.

In 2017, she released her fifth solo album “Ungu ayas”. This album comprises of her songs written earlier in her career but have never been released.

♪♫ Listen: “Irmeh tudiid

Аngirmaa on Facebook.

Bayartsetseg <BR> “Chamaig martaagui”

“Chamaig martaagui”

Ms. Bayartsetseg started her singing career in 2003. She is one of the most beloved female singers in Mongolia.

In 2017, she released her fourth album titled “Chamaig martaagui”, after six years since her previous effort.

Several songs on “Chamaig martaagui” (which means “Remembering you”) were featured as soundtracks in Mongolian movies.

♪♫ Listen: “Chamaig martaagui” + album stream

Bayartsetseg on Facebook.

Chuka <BR> “Амidralin beleg”

“Амidralin beleg”

Chuka is a talented singer-songwriter and a member / bass player of Haranga, a legendary hard rock band of Mongolia founded in 1989.

Last year, he released his long-awaited second solo effort “Amidralin beleg” (“Present of Life”). Many songs on this album have become hits, in particular the title song that topped the National songs chart for several weeks.

♪♫ Listen: “Amidralin beleg” + album stream

Chuka on Facebook.

Odonbat & Mo <BR> “Nocturne”

Odonbat & Mo

There’s a reason why producer and DJ Odonbat called his third album “Nocturne”. This name originally indicates dreamy music that was supposed to be performed at night time, and all songs on this record were also created during night

“Nocturne” is also his first album of electronic dance music with participation of popular Mongolian singers. It’s worth to be mentioned that Odonbat’s talented student Munkh-Orgil “MO” contributed to the creation of this album.

♪♫ Listen: “2-U

Odonbat & Mo on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud.

Bodikhuu <BR> “Tokyo”


Released in February last year, “Tokyo” is the second full-length album of Mongolian beatmaker Bodikhuu. On this record, he created a retro atmospehre of the 1970s-1990s.

As the title suggests, listening to “Tokyo” lets you feel the busy life of the megapolis, as well as its sadness. This album is one of the most streamed Mongolian albums internationally.

♪♫ Listen: “See you in Tokyo” + album stream

Bodikhuu on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud.

The Lemons <BR> “Unplugged in UB”

The Lemons
“Unplugged in UB”

Last year The Lemons released their fourth album called “Unplugged in UB”. This is their first live effort, recorded during their concert in May 2017.

This live album comprises recordings of their best 16 songs performed with beautiful new arrangement, as the band was accompanied by string and brass orchestra.

It was also one of the best selling albums of 2017 in Mongolia.

♪♫ Listen: “Suuliin uyanga (unplugged)” + album stream

The Lemons on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, www.

UKA <BR> “Hug-Jim”


UKA started her singing career by joining girl band “Kiwi” in 2004 and released 9 albums with the band. In 2011, she started her solo career. “Hug-Jim” (which in Mongolian means “Mu-Sic) is her third solo effort.

In this album, she introduced unique tracks by re-working and re-producing famous Mongolian retro songs and movie soundtracks of famous composers into more contemporary style.

The track “Hair hugjim yum uu?” was widely received by the audience and is voted as the best Mongolian song of 2017, according to the National Top 21 Song chart.

♪♫ Listen: “Hair hugjim yum uu?” + album stream

UKA on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud.

The Jazz Train <BR> “The Jazz train”

The Jazz Train
“The Jazz train”

The Jazz Train was founded in 2016. They released their first album “The Jazz Train” in 2017 and this album defined as the first instrumental standard jazz album played by Mongolian musicians.

According to music critics, musicians and audiences, the band has impressed them by professional skills and passion. The album has 8 tracks and 2 of them were arranged by Martin Zenker, and featuring singer E. Enkhjargal.

Track List: Blue Daniel (Frank Rossolino) Ceora (Lee Morgan) Carolyn (Lee Morgan) Tobias (Martin Zenker) Lemoncello (Bobby Watson) Waters of March (Antonio Carlos Jobim) On Green Dolphin Street (Bronislau Kaper) One for Trane (Mickey Bass)

♪♫ Listen: “Blue Daniel” + album stream

The Jazz Train on Facebook, Instagram.