Saoirse spotlights 5 of her favourite Ukrainian artists

With a dance music upbringing immersed in the free party circuit and her mum's own afterhours parties, Saoirse Ryan knows her biscuits. Celebrating the ecstasy of dance music across its many guises, the Dublin-born, London-based DJ is a beloved presence across club and radio land, whose notable achievements include: a four-year stretch on Rinse FM; an Essential Mix for Radio 1, where she also hosted her own Residency series in 2019; running Body Movements Festival, a celebration of LGBTQI+ club culture; and regularly putting on her consistently sold out trUst parties. The aforementioned has recently spawned into her own label, which has debuted the fruits of a lockdown spent honing her production skills. All of this goes to show, when Saoirse recommends something, you should take note.

While the war in Ukraine continues to devastate lives and slips further from the front pages, local culture remains an important comfort, source of pride and galvaniser. With War Child maintaining psychosocial support on the front line, we also wanted to shine a light on homegrown creativity (see our recent Worldwide FM special for more), by inviting Saoirse to highlight her five favourite Ukrainian producers, pushing the envelope in electronic music.

Preview her picks below and become a TRTD member to unearth all five. Memberships start from £3/month and gives you access to a bunch of rewards donated by the underground community. All profits are donated to War Child, so your support will directly help us in areas like Ukraine, Yemen, Afghanistan and DRC.

Koloah aka Voin Uruwu

Dmytro Avksentiev also known as Koloah and Voin Oruwu is a producer and DJ from Kyiv making a yearly ambient album, dripping in emotion and sincerity. Check their Soundcloud page for some mind melting soundscapes.


Resident of Kyiv's infamous Closer, making stripped back alien techno perfect for the early hours of the morning.


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