Latvian Music News




Indie rock band "audrú" presents an alternative and melodic debut EP

Indie rock band "audrú" announces their debut EP "the lighthouse trilogy" and, along with it, a single - "underworld".

"audrú" is a bunch of friends who share a taste for alternative music – besides the rock music influences their work contains characteristics of folk and pop music as well. The debut EP "the lighthouse trilogy" includes a three-part story - a journey into the waters of the subconscious, where memorable, sonic lines of melody wind through different forms of music. The recording was done in “Hodila Records” studio. Along with the album, the single "underworld" begins its journey to radio stations, the sound of which includes intrigue and unexpected melodic turns.


The EP's "the lighthouse trilogy" will be released in a special DIY way to honor the nostalgia for early 2000's, when the band members were gaining their first musical experience and people were still actively listening to music on CDs. The idea came to life through a "Zero Waste" campaign in which they invited people to donate blank CD covers. The limited edition CDs were printed professionally, but afterwards signed with a permanent marker, as it used to be done in the early 2000's. The band has also given their merchandise - second hand t-shirts and sweaters – a chance to live another life by screen-printing them with special "audrú" designs.

"audrú" has been playing together since 2017. So far, they have performed in several Latvian cities, participated in festivals - "Bildes", "Vegan Festival", "VegFest Lt", "Give & Get" and more. Their music can be heard on several radio stations around Latvia. Previously, "audrú" has recorded and released 4 songs with music videos. All songs are available to listeners both on the video platform "Youtube" and on all the most popular streaming sites.


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Markus Riva Releases New Duet with Samanta Tīna

The names Markus Riva and Samanta Tīna speak for themselves – both are winners of various international competitions and have a huge fan base outside Latvia, they are loud, ambitious, much discussed and both have a refined style. What happens when you put the two together? A new equation in Latvian music – Markus Riva x Samanta Tīna!

“Man nesanāk” (I Can’t Succeed) is a fresh release – a new single from Riva’s upcoming album and his first collaboration with Samanta. Just like the previous tracks, this piece has a nostalgic vibe that will have a strong presence in the musician’s album, set to come out in November.

Duets and collaborations are nothing new to Markus – he has previously recorded music with Aminata and Dināra Rudāne. His collaboration with Dināra placed high in “Muzikālā Banka” (Musical Bank), and Markus then joked that it was time for a duet with Samanta. And he has kept his word.

“I very much enjoy musical collaborations, and I love being in the studio with other musicians – witnessing the transformation of a song when another musician brings their personality to it is a fascinating experience. This year, I had not recorded a new duet, so the idea to perform one with Samanta was born. Luckily, she agreed, and this has been a productive and very exciting and fun adventure,” says Markus.

Samanta Tīna: ”I haven’t released a duet in Latvian for quite some time. The audience will remember my last collaboration with Rassell – “Esi man klāt” (Be with Me) – from 2012. The song by Markus and Dināra was simply wonderful, so when Markus invited me to team up I agreed instantly, and I am very happy with the result.”

The production of „Man nesanāk” was supported by the grant of the Latvian Performers’ and Producers’ Association (LaIPA) – the grant competition as a support mechanism for musicians was announced in the summer, and the allocated funding helped 53 new compositions come to life. The song was recorded at “Factory Sounds Studio” and produced by Gints Stankevičs with whom Riva has worked extensively. A Russian version of the song is to follow soon.



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Rock band JAUDA has released its latest music video for song “Apart”

This is the third single from upcoming album. Song “Apart” is the story of any two people who have truths of their own. Being in the same space doesn't mean that people are close and it`s time when you just don't know what`s true.
Song was written in JAUDA music studio in summer 2020 and later in september music video was filmed in collaboration with female actress Simona Groskaufmane. This time music video is made as an allegorical short film showing that behind the mask of peace and common sense, people hide their true emotions, desires and expectations towards the other person.
The music video has an escalating energy, where in the outburst of emotions the feeling of freedom is created by fast riding a motorcycle, while throwing dishes against the wall symbolizes bill concluding with the past, where all the hopes that were once placed on each other were destroyed.

JAUDA (Force, Power: in Latvian) is a music band founded in 2016 in Latvia (Livani), the group plays pop-rock and rock style. Combining bass, drums, electric guitar and vocal sounds, the band creates a unique, live sound in their recordings and concerts.
JAUDA released their first album "Durvis atvērtas" (Door Open) in May of 2018 and all songs were in latvian. Currently, JAUDA actively plays in local festivals and clubs, as well as abroad.
In 2020, JAUDA released three singles from the upcoming album: "Eyes", "Love and Sunshine" and "Apart". At the moment, the band is working on a new album, where all songs will be in english. Musicians are also working on several new music videos. JAUDA - it's not a story about pink glasses, it's a realism of life with gray days, beautiful moments and real emotions that are served on a musical tray. JAUDA is a force that lives in each one of us - we just have to figure out how to use it.

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Rihards Libietis Orchestra releases new single and video “Night Follow Me”

Rihards Lībietis Orchestra has just released the first single “Night Follow Me” from the upcoming studio album “Willful Blindness”. The composition was written by Rihards Libietis in collaboration with the rest of the band. The director of the music video is Marija Migliniece.

““Night Follow Me” was inspired by the feelings of uncertainty and unknown, during the strange self-isolation time this spring. All this definitely taught me to appreciate more the things we often take for granted - family, friends, nature, music. Hopefully, the listener will feel the calming sense of love and gratitude of this composition.” says Rihards Lībietis.

The upcoming album “Willful Blindness” is due in spring 2021, and it will be the fourth album of the band. Its main themes will be individual human responsibility in attaining the balance between one’s inner light and dark sides. It will feature Rihards Libietis Orchestra original compositions in instrumental world music genre, influenced by West-African music, Jazz, Blues and even Electronic music.

“Night Follow Me” was recorded in  “AMFO Music Studio” Riga, with the support of LaIPA. Recording and mix/master was done by Toms Lisments. Video was shot in the beautiful Abgunstes muiža, it’s director is Marija Migliniece, directors of script - Marija Migliniece, Stefānija Toma, DOP - Raitis Lapāns. Costumes for the men are from “Mans Drēbju Skapis” shop.

Single “Night Follow Me” is available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

Rihards Libietis Orchestra is a quintet performing instrumental, dynamic world music, mixing influences from African, Middle-Eastern and Latvian Folk Music with Blues and Jazz. The band was formed in 2015, and has released 3 albums, the newest "Reflection EP" came out in Fall of 2018. Rihards Libietis Orchestra regularly performs in the Baltic area. The band consists of Rihards Lībietis (guitars), Gints Smukais (guitars), Jānis Polis (bass), Erna Daugaviete (cello) and Matīss Repsis (percussion).

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„Purple Negative” releases their new mini album „Happy”

Alternative indie rock band „Purple Negative” has just released their second mini album „Happy”.

Unlike the first minialbum „SOAP” which was recorded in the guitarists Roberts Gromovs bedroom in late 2018, „Happy” is recorded in „Hodila Records” by Ģirts Laumanis. This slight change also marks the progressive advance that can be heard in the new songs. The punk genre tendencies have been complimented with atmospheric, one could say even melancholic, melodies.

The first single „Happy Once a Year” of the „Purple negative” mini album has been published in late August this year.

„Purple Negative” which consists of Elīza Daine (vocals/rhythm guitar), Roberts Gromovs (lead guitar), Kārlis Pūķis (bass), Emīls Lapiņš (drums) came together in 2017. During the three years that the band has been active, they have found their sound by mixing elements of alternative music and indie rock. The line-up has played concerts in Rīga and beyond. The band has gained recognition with singles like „Your Ignorance” and „Fluorescent Lights”.

With the release of the mini album „Happy” the band invites all listeners and their friends to a free album presentation concert. It will take place on the 19th of September in Riga at „Kaņepes Kultūras centrs”.

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Young and promising singer Karīna Laugale releases single “Colorful World”

“Colorful World” is about equality in the world where we all are so different but in essence so ambiguously colorful.

This song is made in rock style, which is very different from singer’s daily style. This is her first original composition as well - she is the author for lyrics and music.

Song shows the world in all its glory. Colorful world where we live but in daily rush don’t notice. We have to notice the usual things in very different view. “ I am confident that every human being will find something interesting in this song” says Karīna Laugale.

Growing up in a musical family Karīna started singing and playing piano at an early age. She is a Riga Dome Choir school graduate. At the moment she studies at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music jazz vocal department. 

Karīna has participated in X Factor' with Koukie band, as well as in the festivals Saulkrasti Jazz' (LV), Ventspils Groove (LV), Moscow Spring A Capella (RUS), Noorte Jazz Festival (EE), etc.

Lyrics and music author is Karina Laugale. “Colorful world” producer and arranger is Jānis Bukums, Arturs Liede and sound engineer Kārlis Šteinmanis. Recorded in “KS Records – Unity Audio”  featuring group “Jānis Bukums”.

Lyrics video author is Rita Bērziņa

Publisher LRMA records

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Taurud releases his debut single “I Keep Loving You”

“Taurud” is a singer and songwriter from Jurmala, Latvia, currently based in Manchester UK. On the 12th of August, he is releasing his debut single which is the first taste from the 2021 upcoming album.  “I Keep Loving You” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and other streaming services.

Debut single “I Keep Loving You” talks about true unconditional love.  “Taurud”: “It’s a song about feelings that makes us human, those feelings which can literally bend our reality. Feelings that can turn black and white into colour, feelings that can awaken us from sleepwalking. Suddenly everything is real. So often we’ re trying to put each other in these invisible boxes to fit for us and if we can’t our feelings alter. This song is about the love we are ready to give regardless of someone’s shortcomings or pain they cause. I hope it will become people’s song and others will use it to tell someone how much they love them. I wrote it for that.”

Listen to “I Keep Loving You” here

“Taurud” is a culmination of dreamy and heartfelt sounds, experimenting with different levels of intimacy. Taurud touch acts as a refuge for those who need a break from the busy world whizzing by. It’s that feeling of being seemingly adrift in the sea of our own realities, losing yourself, hitting rock bottom and finding your feet once again. His music attempts to shine a little light into a dark room, with a desire to spread hope, love, and peace throughout.

A musician who grew up listening “Pink Floyd” and, “Queen” from age of 5 says about himself: “I’m someone who learned everything himself. Never had teachers who’ d show me how to write songs or play guitar. I started writing when I was around 15 in my first band. Still doing it really really impulsively. Very often I can’t sleep cos I have to create a new song.  It feels like I’m like an athena who is receiving signals and just writing them down, often it doesn’ t feel like I am actually writing it. Everything is energy and is vibrating on different frequencies. Theoretically, we all are music.”

“Taurud” is releasing his debut single this year. It’s the beginning of very focused work to introduce Latvia and other countries to his art. Currently working on his debut album with top musicians from Manchester, recording at “The Big Red Studio” with Jake Evans who’s collaborated with so many great musicians including “New Order”. The upcoming record will include 8 original songs. “Taurud‘ says: “We are recording it all live man, like back in the day. We are capturing real moments in the studio. It’s such real music. I’m so excited.”

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Markus Riva Announces New Album with Dual Single

At the height of summer, musician Markus Riva brings a new song both in Latvian and Russian to his audience. “Vēl pēdējoreiz”/ „Белые ночи” (One Last Time / White Nights) is the first single from Riva’s upcoming fall album.

“Self-reflection is inevitable when you face this unprecedented solitude, which brings about nostalgia and melancholy. These sentiments linger both in this song, as in the tone and content of my forthcoming album,” says the musician.

Markus Riva also enjoys popularity in Russia and other CIS countries; in fact, Riva is one of the few Latvian musicians with a considerable fan base among Russian-speaking listeners. His work is usually released in one language so it does not always resonate with all listeners. However, “Vēl pēdējoreiz” found its sound both in Latvian and Russian leading to the decision to gift the song to a larger audience.

“A larger follower base means having to make sure my creative endeavours do not leave anyone out. Fans in Latvia and Russia and other countries are all waiting for new music from me,” asserts Markus. “I am extremely happy to release this single in both languages at once. Although my new album will be recorded in Latvian, a Russian version might be in the cards in the near future.”

Markus Riva is the author of the music and lyrics of “Vēl pēdējoreiz”, while the lyrics of „Белые ночи” were contributed by Igor Tatarenko, Riva’s long-time musical associate from the Ukraine. The song was recorded in “Factory sounds studio” and arranged by its co-author Gints Stankevičs.

From July 28, the song “Vēl pēdējoreiz”/ „Белые ночи” is available on all streaming platforms

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DJ Aspirins shares his new single “Sunshine Avenue”

One of the best Latvian scratch deejays DJ Aspirins releases a new song “Sunshine Avenue” featuring twin sister duo “Dvines”.

“When I was writing the song, I envisioned an anime cartoon with a girl who walks down the imaginaery “Sunshine Avenue” very vividly. She sees a boy and they run towards each other in slow motion (as they do in anime cartoons). At the end they watch the sunset together,” Ana - one of the twin sisters describes writing of the song.

DJ Aspirins  has been a prominent party rocker in the Baltics and a Red Bull 3Style champion, representing his country at the world finals in Tokyo. In 2018 he released his debut EP “Easy”. “Sunshine Avenue” indicates a new and funkier direction for Aspirins towards nu-disco sound.



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Latvian producers YDJ record a song with Soul II Soul’s lead vocalist

The experienced Latvian music producers Lotars Lodzins, Janis Kalve, and Karlis Indrisonoks (Labo ierakstu studija), in association with English musician and songwriter Ky Ismet, have joined forces under the name YDJ and invited the lead singer of the English supergroup of the 90’s Soul II Soul, Charlotte Kelly, to jointly create a new song, the main theme of which was created by the legendary Latvian trumpeter and arranger Gunars Rozenbergs. This Time It’s For Real is published and released by MicRec.

The talks with the Soul II Soul lead vocalist were short, as Charlotte immediately agreed to cooperate after listening to the prepared demo.

Wessel van Diepen, host of the Global Dance Chart show of the popular Dutch radio station Radio 538, says: “An inspiring song. Very well done, great job!” The famous Swedish DJ and record producer StoneBridge commented after listening to the song: “High-quality composition, well-produced and with a very eye-catching lyric video.”

This Time It's For Real is a modern house music track with a fresh and trendy vibe. Lyric video was created by Dween Production.

The song is available on all music streaming and downloading services all over the world.

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