From Rock To Dance. 8 Young Musicians From Belarus To Mix Up Your Playlist

Something tells us that there is still not enough Belarusian music in your life. Here are some tracks that will suit even most refined tastes, whether you are into stadium rock, buzzing electronica or light pop.

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Molchat Doma (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian

The trio enthusiastically recreates the sound of classic British post-punk, generously seasoning it with authentic Belarusian spleen.

The album “Etazhi” (“Floors”) on YouTube hit more than 700,000 views and was published by the Berlin label Detriti Records.

Four presses of vinyl have already been sold. On May 23, the band is performing live in Vilnius, so you have a chance to dance your butt off to these gloomy but energetic tunes.

Tima Belorusskih (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian

This voice of Generation Z quickly won the hearts of young Belarusians with the track “Mokruye Krosy” (“Wet Sneakers”), a pop hit that boasts a spirit-lifting chorus.

Tima also appeals to the nineties nostalgia in his YouTube videos like the one called “Nezabudka” (“Forget-me-not”).

That’s is quite logical, since Tima’s “signature sound” was transferred from that era with virtually no changes. Tima’s next concert is scheduled for May 19 in Kaluga.

Intelligency (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian, English

The name of the Minsk due harmonizes with their credo: “We don’t do bangers. We write music”. They produce gentle dance melodies heavily influenced by Brit-pop legacy.

The musicians themselves call this cocktail “technoblues”, and we think this is an excellent definition. If you are into the sound of Depeche Mode and Erasure, give the duo a shot.

You can listen to Intelligency live on May 25 in Kyiv.

Drezden (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian

This electronic project with a romantic name was created by Sergey Mikhalok, a veteran of the Belarusian rock scene.

The sound of “Dresden”, generously lushed with reverb, quite obviously appeals to the retro wave nostalgia, and plays upon heartstrings of those who are still yearning for 80’s synthpop.

The project has no plans for concerts yet, so just watch this absurdist video to the song called “Iceberg”.

Nizkiz (Mogilev)

Lyrics: Russian, Belarusian

While everyone around is going crazy about trap and short-spanned dance tracks, this quartet methodically forges rock hits in the spirit of the most influential bands of the 90s like Placebo and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Musicians spliced genre-forming roaring guitars with memorable melodic hooks and romantic lyrics about internal struggles and, of course, troubled love. The quartet is performing live in Vitebsk on May 31.

Dlina Volny (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian, English

This trio makes music on the verge of a dreamy coldwave and spacey synthpop, combining the buzz of analog synthesizers, straight bass guitar parts, and deep female vocals.

The band’s lyrics and vibe are inspired by the Soviet legacy of architectural brutalism and generations of dreamers who believed that everything is possible.

If you want to hear how these intimate electronic beats sound in the format of a stadium, go to the “Rok za bobrov” festival on August 3 in Minsk.  

Max Korzh (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian

Max Korzh is the most popular Belarusian rapper, who plays the role of a chummy guy from the hood, and does it quite successfully.

Quotes from his songs have long become catchphrases, and the artist has been stirring crowds throughout the CIS, Europe and since recently in the USA.  The next concert is scheduled for May 19 in Milan.

Mustelide (Minsk)

Lyrics: Russian, English

The name of this one-man project hides Natallia Kunitskaya. She is a DJ and music producer who makes experimental pop music, shaping her tunes with vintage synthesizers and samplers.

Natallia often plays live sets and includes a lot of improvisation in her performances, utilizing self-produced samples to create shady vocal parts and smooth groovy beats.  

Mustelide’s next performance is taking place on May 18 in Berlin at Red Square Festival, that is devoted to Russian counter-culture art.


Text by Anton Ananich