MEU December 2021 newsletter

MEU December 2021 newsletter

Ukrainians like to celebrate! Since a few years ago we have a Catholic Christmas, then a New Year, then an Orthodox Christmas, then an Old New Year (don’t ask!). We can even celebrate a Chinese New Year if somebody suggests that!

To bring some festive spirit to your houses (apart from Kyiv city winter decoration on the cover), we have prepared a TOP-3 Ukrainian music news for your YouTube parties with friends next to the fireplace. First, have you ever heard “Oh holy night” in Ukrainian accompanied by bandura (national music instrument with 65 strings)? Well, here you go!  It is sung by Marina Krut, a female indie artist originally from Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. The shooting took place in the Verkhovyna district up in the Carpathian Mountains in the abandoned attic of one of the Hutsul houses. There is a selection of Ukrainian Christmas carols filmed there, so don’t be shy to click that “Next” button.

If you’re bored by jingle bells-spirit and want grounding and deceleration music moment, we have another suggestion for you. I, Iteration project run by electronic musician Konstantine Balakin from Dnipro released an incredibly absorbing album Decay Complex, levitating between dream punk and vaporwave. His project explores human nature in a society, where a human being is deconstructed into data points, and the only freedom left — is the freedom to explore one's own being. Apart from all those complex thoughts, it is just extremely beautiful music. 

The last one is for the occasion when you have to take care of the dance playlist, and you have no idea where to start.  A few days ago, Mixmag published its own list of the best dance music labels of 2021. And Ukrainian ‘multidisciplinary label platform’ Standard Deviation is among those rated very high. 

‘The newly-formed imprint sets out to champion local Ukrainian talent amongst its ever-growing nightlife scene, and this year sought out some artists spearheading Ukraine’s underground. With two compilation records featuring artists such as Nastya Vogan, Tofudj, Nene H, and more, among its releases, Standard Deviation has become the foremost imprint to watch as ever more eyes fall on Ukraine’s dance music scene’.
On this positive note, the whole Music Export Ukraine team wishes you all the best in the New Year! Even though 2022 is pronounced as “twenty-twenty-two (too)” and everybody freaks out (meme time!), we believe that the Universe strives for balance, and we will have a great music year!