Fact one: the music you bump way down to the shores on a hot ass day is crucial. It always defines how your Pitchfork-reading, Primavera-going friends in the car will treat you. Fact two: you want to convince these friends of yours that a summer playlist can be more than some californian yuccies messing with fading guitars. So how are you going to surprise them? Where’s the path to the utmost respect? Piece of cake, baby: it’s time to show them how these new kids from the post-communist bloc rock!
THE MANEKEN – MAGIC OF THE MOMENT
From where? Ukraine
What would have happened if Justin Timberlake had gone crazy for the guitars? We’ll never know, but the output would be something like this. Fuck no, it would be worse than this: since 2008 The Maneken gave birth to gripping grooves and supercatchy melodies like no one else. And toured the world around. And released materials only on foreign labels. And made this acidic funk!
MOTORAMA – HOLY DAY
From where? Russia
We could play Russian roulette with the songs of these new wave-inspired Russians, each of them just works fine. This is how every day of a holiday becomes a holy day.
I WEAR EXPERIMENT – WANTING FOR MORE
From where? Estonia
If your post-Soviet hometown is only a short ferry ride away from the Finnish capital, then do not be surprised if you start writing scandinavian-ish pop music halfway between the feel of Röyksopp and Robyn. The band called I Wear Experiment deserves to be proud of their grandiose cinematic soundscapes which can be the right soundtrack to the sweet-smelling branches passing by.
CARNIVAL YOUTH – SURF
From where? Latvia
We bet you wouldn’t notice the difference if their song would get a spot in an indie-inspired dj set playing Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys. It’s pure sugar-coated carefreeness, a potential anthem for all the beaches of the universe and beyond.
GOLDEN PARAZYTH – C.O.R.N.
From where? Lithuania
Drawing crowds of hipsters, old ravers and indie kids, Golden Parazyth’s melanchopop is universal in its very own way: sensitive and powerfully overwhelming at the same time so it is only natural that they were asked to play a warm up gig for british legends Underworld. Blistering synths, rainbows in the eyes, baby!
MUSTELIDE – PTIZA RUH
From where? Belarus
Even the press labeled Natallia Kunitskaya the electronic princess of Belarus who handles two synthesizers, a Groovebox, a sampler and her own squeaky voice. The sound she squeezes out of these equipments feels like sinking beneath the waves of the cold ocean and dream a little cosmic dream.
ADMIRATION IS FOR POETS – LET THE SUN DAZZLE
From where? Poland
You went for a swim. Enjoyed it big time. Now you’re out of the lake feeling dizzy with water droplets on your skin that act like the most famous Pink Floyd artwork. You feel rainbow. You feel fresh. You feel like dreaming while awake. Congratulations, you’ve got the best soundtrack for this state of mind.
WALTER SCHNITZELSSON – KEEP ME GOIN’
From where? Slovakia
“Please go out, see the real world! We’re out there!” A short description from the band’s Facebook page could be applied to anyone stuck in an office 24-7. Now you know how to catapult out of your cubicle friday afternoon with these dirty blues- and punk-injected rockandrollers.
DIV I DED – FROZEN
From where? Czech Republic
Good old shoegaze written for flip-flops? There you go. The title is Frozen but it definitely heats up your heart big time! Straight from the land of the greatest European beers.
NLV – SISTERS OF THE SUN
From where? Croatia
We developed instant love for this group because their story fits in the ethos of summer like a piece of puzzle: three friends, who know each other from the childhood days in the little croatian village of Pula got together again and started making music, singing about taking the Sun down with their bare hands. They must have experienced some pretty heavy heatwaves!
VELAHAVLE – SUN
From where? Bosnia Herzegovina
Everybody loves the sunshine but who does love a sunstroke? No one. But it sometimes hits you on the head like a baseball bat. And then you just play zombie in the backseat. And then these sympathetic Bosnians come and help you out.
BERMUDA – HULLÁM
From where? Hungary
We always return home from the sea. Autumn always comes. But everything always starts all over again so we don’t have to worry at all. Hungary’s Bermuda band always put this kind of never-no-problem attitude into their songs creating a timeless soundtrack for the sultry summer months. So you can play it again. And again. Just like all of the songs above.
GOLAN – ABEL
From where? Romania
Aurally seductive, warm and pulsating electronic vibes put these three guys into the top spot in their homeland. In the video of Abel we’re crossing through a snowy landscape, however, this song does its best on a sultry dog day afternoon. Watch out for the subwoofer-challenging basslines when you’re driving through the nearest forest!
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