It’s Friday! Which means it’s our favourite time of the week, New Music Friday and finding all the best new releases from the world of Eurovision for your weekend playlists. Over the following pages is everything you need to know.
Jessica Mauboy – ‘Sunday’
Darwin’s delight from Eurovision 2018 follows up ‘We Got Love‘ with her first release since her Lisbon travels. Transporting us from Friday to ‘Sunday’, Jessica’s rich tone wraps around the shoulder popping, bluesy piano melody. The edgy lyrics are a clap-back to those trying to maintain a relationship with a partner not putting in their fair share of the work and how Jessica just wants to be “Chillin’ on a Sunday afternoon.” ‘Sunday’ will feature on the currently untitled 4th studio album to be released later this year. For those in Melbourne on 14th April, Jessica will be performing her old hits and new single ‘Sunday’ at The Epsy. Along with Billy Davis and The Good Lords. Tickets can be purchased here.
Roksana ‘Roxie’ Węgiel – ‘Lay Low’
Shedding off her Junior Eurovision tag is Poland’s 2018 winner Roksana Węgiel. Now under the Roxie name, her first international single ‘Lay Low’ is stark contrast to the sweet natured power-pop that won in Minsk last November. This is a grown up urban banger, oozing in sass, describing the emotions of a new love. Behind the song is a team of composers that have worked with internationally renowned artists such as Ella Eyre and Sigala.
High15 – ‘On My Mind’
After having to settle for 6th place in one of the most stacked semi-finals Melodifestivalen has seen earlier this year with ‘No Drama‘, young quartet High15 are straight back into the music scene with follow up track ‘On My Mind’. First meeting at a Stage Academy and gaining traction for their YouTube covers, the girls have gained a popular following. This saw them burst onto the scene in 2018 with tropical urban bop ‘Adios‘, before their Melodifestivalen call up which resulted in ‘No Drama’ reaching the top 50 in the Swedish Spotify charts. Now they turn up the sultry, slow-jam beats as ‘On My Mind’ relates to the confusion and emotions of feeling distanced in a relationship.
Jasmine Kara – ‘CALL BACK’
The Iranian-Swedish singer who took us into all red everything, electro-banger ‘Gravity‘ with her Melodifestivalen debut in 2017 returns with new single ‘CALL BACK’. The all caps stand out as much as the song itself. With its retro 60s backing vocals lacing the perky doo-wap beats and Jasmine’s effortless Ella Eyre sounding voice. Despite the upbeat nature it’s a melancholic story of being let down by a lover who persistently cancels on dates and doesn’t ‘call back’. A woman of many linguistics talents, three music videos have been filmed and this second single from the upcoming album will also be released in Persian and Spanish.
Allysandra – ‘Off Limits’
Who? might you ask. Well perhaps you recognise the voice instead. As this is original founding member of popular Melodifestivalen trio Dolly Style. Saying hello bye to the blue wig of Holly, Allysandra is launching her own career with her debut solo release and music video. ‘Off Limits’ is a cool pop track co-written by Melodifestivalen‘s finest, Linnea Deb. With its catchy chorus and earworm beats, it will be sure to have you bopping through the weekend and beyond. The song is matched with fun lyrics telling her guy not to get too settled and play games. Meanwhile the video is a pastel paradise of modern colours and Allysandra rocking enough outfits to have a boohoo.com advert trembling.
Damyan Popov ft. Zhana Bergendorff – ‘Edno’
Although for the time being we can’t enjoy a Bulgarian entry in the contest, we can still bring you the best releases from their Eurovision artists. So we have last years common framework representative from Equinox, Zhana Bergendorff teaming up with fellow Bulgarian artist Damyan Popov. Their collaboration ‘Edno’ (‘One’ in English) sees Zhana show a romantic side in this heartfelt ballad. As well as sporting a new look, casting off the white wig for long red locks and a dress to rival Kate Miller-Heidke’s!
Douwe Bob – ‘Consider’
Showing no signs of wanting to ‘Slow Down‘ the Dutch representative from 2016 releases the latest single from his 4th studio album The Shape I’m In. New single ‘Consider’ will be featured on the soundtrack to upcoming film Singel 39. Where audience goers will also see Douwe make his acting debut, playing a waiter in the film. The whimsical toe-tapper nature of ‘Consider’ masks the sadness of the lyrical story of regretting the choices of a fragmented partnership, but still having hope for lasting love and wondering if they would still be together in another timeline.
Sunstroke Project – ‘Boomerang’
Two time Eurovision entrants for Moldova and everyone’s favourite epic sax memes are back with another hip rolling, fusion banger. They took us to the tropics recently in a collaboration of Eurovision friends with Timebelle on ‘Tocame‘, but now the ‘Boomerang’ has flung us to the 80s! Mixing the smooth sax beats with piano synth beats, Sergei brings the swagger that makes everyone want to lose control and heart go bang bang bang for this catchy bop. Rounding off what’s turned into a love theme in this week’s batch of songs, ‘Boomerang’ focuses on the addictive nature of being loved and that despite the ups and downs of a relationship, it always comes back. Because, “you can throw my love away, but it’s a boomerang.”
That was the best of New Music Friday this week. Which are your favourites? Have we missed anything? We may include it in a future week! Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA