Central European / Eastern European / Central Asian Pop 2019

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Back by overwhelming popular demand after a break, like Putin in 2012...


Shortparis' Strashno / Страшно - the video is controversial for obvious reasons, filmed about a week after the Kerch shooting but planned beforehand.

Afisha has put together a nice video introduction to their 20 "freshmen" of 2019, which give an insight into quite how thoroughly rap has taken over Russia, Ukraine and Belarus' music scenes.


ShariVari, Friday, 4 January 2019 16:08 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

People used to describe Romanian pop star Inna as an anonymous, generic voice on top of generic dance tracks, in spite of several classic BANGERS released that no one else could've done as well.. and now she's gone and released the ultimate argument in favor of a big personality - a concept album!

Full on singer-songwriter turn, only Inna and two other people produced the whole thing basically.

It's very good and playful! Still a beguiling touch here and there of the classic Romanian pop sound.


abcfsk, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:13 (one year ago) link


abcfsk, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:47 (one year ago) link

I love her so much and just downloaded this earlier.

ShariVari, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

I’ve been listening to the Alyona Alyona album a lot recently. The song with Alina Pash is perfect.


ShariVari, Monday, 10 June 2019 14:56 (one year ago) link


I've been enjoying the second Mirele mini-album too.


ShariVari, Monday, 10 June 2019 15:06 (one year ago) link

I’m all for Inna (she was the inspiration for my Spotify profile name). This new stuff is good. I love “Fuego”!

Worth noting that this album is in Spanish, after she’d been courting Spanish-speaking audiences for years.

This one from last year was in Romanian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slisxcXTIH8
Inna ft. The Motans • Pentru că

breastcrawl, Monday, 10 June 2019 19:35 (one year ago) link

taking advantage of this moment to say thanks to you breastcrawl as one of this board's most effective and diligent music recommenders (whose tastes nicely overlap with mine!)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:14 (one year ago) link

Thanks forks, that’s so sweet! (though I’m not at all sure about the effective part)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:27 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

I've been completely negligent this year but there was lots of good stuff around.


Alina Pash (who also features on Aylona Alyona's wonderful Padlo) is one of a number of Ukrainian artists mixing folk elements with electro / rap / R&B to great effect.

As are Zventa Sventana (here featuring Ivan Dorn):


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:24 (eight months ago) link

Sticking with the 'wandering around in a forest' video theme Matrang is doing some interesting sort-of-rap club stuff:


Meduza from 2018 or late 2017:


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:28 (eight months ago) link

Ukraine's wonderful Luna has doubled down on the trance-pop part of her sound with her new album:


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:30 (eight months ago) link

RSAC X ELLA bringing the maudlin flute jams on NBA:


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:31 (eight months ago) link

SBPCh / Samoe Bolshoe Prostoe Chislo have been making excellent art-rock / art-pop for a while but Zloi is probably the closest thing they've had to a mainstream hit.


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:33 (eight months ago) link

My favourite Russian album of the year, by some distance, was Hadn Dadn's Lyaoakyn. Completely charming indie-pop.


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:36 (eight months ago) link

On the more experimental pop side, Kira Lao and Kedr Livansky had strong albums:



ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:37 (eight months ago) link

Sharlot probably came closest to replicating Monetochka's move from internet viral hit to mainstream success with similarly sweet home-studio pop.


ShariVari, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:53 (eight months ago) link

Great stuff, SV! Hoping to investigate soon.
I already expressed my love for the Zventa Sventana/Ivan Dorn jam on the EOY Nominations thread.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:54 (eight months ago) link

And you’re not even done yet, I see. Keep ‘em coming!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:56 (eight months ago) link

Not so good

Turkmenistan dictator is also a DJ https://t.co/f2jCZr3sln pic.twitter.com/z6YSUxtZIX

— Ryskeldi Satke (@RyskeldiSatke) January 2, 2020

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 2 January 2020 21:57 (eight months ago) link

Turkmenistan dictator is also a DJ https://youtu.be/XBuucLyK5rw

Which came first, the DJing or the megalomania?

Anyway, he'll have to work harder to break the Russian rapper Timati's record (the Turkmen vid is about 50% thumbs-downs)

Negativrekord bei YouTube
Pro-Putin-Rapper kassiert 1,48 Millionen Dislikes

sbahnhof, Friday, 3 January 2020 09:02 (eight months ago) link

thank you!!

sean gramophone, Friday, 3 January 2020 15:14 (eight months ago) link

I've been pretty slack this year, to be honest, but will aim to be more on the ball in 2020.

Another good album from 2019 is Cream Soda's Kometa. It's fairly basic house-y pop, but done well. Not a million miles away from the excellent Alpha Beta.


Tima Belorusskih's Vitaminka was a huge hit and the video is wholesome enough to double as a Actimel advert:


ShariVari, Friday, 10 January 2020 11:30 (eight months ago) link

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