Another week comes to an end and that means it’s New Music Friday! So it’s time to share the best new releases from the Eurovision world this week. Over the following pages is everything you need to know for your weekend playlists!
Stefania – ‘Words’
First up on New Music Friday is Greek-Dutch Eurovision star Stefania. Since Rotterdam, where she took Greece back to the top 10 for the first time since 2013 with ‘Last Dance‘, she has followed that with ‘Voor Een Ander‘ and ‘Mucho Calor‘. Now she’s back with new single ‘Words’. These words are a revamped cover of the classic 80s hit by famous French singer, F.R. David. Together with Dimitris Kontopoulos, Stefania gives this a modern update with a festive twist. Hopefully the words will come easy for Stefania, as she is due to perform the song in Greece’s Madwalk 2021 and Cyprus’ Super Music Awards.
I am so grateful and honoured that the writers of the song have given me permission for a cover and even adapted part of the lyrics especially for me.Stefania, (Instagram)
Zucherro, Mahmood – ‘Natural Blues’
Next up, Sanremo legends old and new unite in a new collaboration. This week Zucherro releases his covers album Discover, a tribute to the meaningful songs that speak to what Italy’s people have gone through over the past 2-years. Included on the album is a cover of Moby’s version of Vera Hall’s ‘Trouble So Hard’. Together they offer a new twist to the song which would be fitting for any cowboy entry music in a Western film. Meanwhile, Zucherro had the following to say about working with Mahmood.
I always thought from the beginning, from the first time I heard him, that Mahmood was very gifted vocally. That he had a very particular voice and above all I always considered his soulful voice. He has a flying phrasing, very aerial, and he is very talented. Even in the studio it was very easy to work with him.Zucherro, (Radio Italia)
Little Big – ‘A Lot of Money’
‘Uno’ stars Little Big are back this week with their trademark honesty on society. We all want ‘A Lot of Money’ right? With their catchy, repetitive,hooks, Little Big share how they’ve been trying to earn money outside of music recently. The groups soloist, Sonya Tayurskaya has been taking part in Russian game show Rat Race. A show inspired by Netflix hit Squid Game. Not quite as graphic as Netflix, this show sees players undergo a series of tests, until only one remains to win half a million roubles. The song itself pays tribute to The Prodigy hit ‘Firestarter’ and features the word money over 200 times! See a preview of the show below.
Electric Fields – ‘Gold Energy’
Following recent releases such as ‘Would I Lie’ with KEiiNO and ‘Must Be Love’, the indigenous neo-soul duo Electric Fields from Australia Decides 2019, return this week with new single ‘Gold Energy’. That energy is released in a wave of vibrant synths and pulsating beats, matching the pace of Zaachariaha Fielding’s mix of English and Anangu. Equally striking is the new music video. Which brings forward a message of connection between people and the animal kingdom. Next year Electric Fields are back on tour across Australia, with tickets available here.
Robin Bengtsson – ‘Brother, That’s All Right’
Ahead of Robin Bengtsson’s rumoured return to Melodifestivalen next February, Sweden’s 2017 representative has been busy in the studio. Two weeks ago Robin returned to New Music Friday with new single, ‘If I was You‘. This week he brings us ‘Brother, That’s All Right’. Yet another side to his music, this new single taps into Robin as a man with emotions. Here he croons along to a guitar melody, as he explains that it’s OK to reach out if you’re struggling. A song many with brothers and friends of their own, will connect with.
Angélina – ‘Apparences’ (Album)
Next month France will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. Back in 2018 it was Angélina who kickstarted the French Revolution of Junior Eurovision, after a 14-year absence from the contest. Her quirky chanson ‘Jamais sans toi‘ finished second and her career since has been just as successful. The now 15-year old is back with her second album Apparences. The 12-track collection sees Angélina show a maturity in her pop sound. With ‘Héros’, ‘Relantir’, ‘En mode’ and ‘Bye Bye’ among many highlights. If you are a fan of Belgian artist Angèle, you’ll enjoy this!
I wanted to tackle in this second album, themes that speak to adolescents and social themes. “First amour” is about first love for example, so I hope that people will recognize themselves through the songs of “Apparences”.
Sara James – ‘Jak Co Roku’
Still fresh from winning ‘Szansa na Sukces‘ and the ticket to represent Poland in Junior Eurovision next month with ‘Somebody‘, that hasn’t stopped Sara James bringing a festive treat to New Music Friday. Today she releases four-track Christmas EP Jak Co Roku or Like Every Christmas. The lead original single, is self-penned by Sara. Meanwhile the rest of the EP is melody of Christmas favourites re-imagined with Sara’s rich soul vocals.
Gromee x Olivia Addams – ‘Broken’
Former Polish 2018 representative Gromee returns this week with his latest collaboration ‘Broken’. The ‘Light Me Up‘ star has made a career of bringing his production skills on board for the up and coming artists of Eastern Europe, as well as household names, such as INNA and Edyta Górniak. This week he teams up with TikTok star and digital marketing expert, Olivia Addams from Romania. Together they deliver an EDM anthem of heartbreak and frustration.
Koit Toome – ‘Vastu tuult’
Earlier this week, ERR revealed the first batch of artists for Eesti Laul 2022. With that in mind, we decided to check out the latest single from one of Estonia’s biggest Eurovision stars, Koit Toome. The 1998 and 2017 representative returns this week with ‘Vast tuult’ or ‘Against The Wind’. Against Koit’s usual nature, this uplifting anthem is also the soundtrack to Koit’s first film role in Christmas Rom-Com Hunting Season.
For the first time in my life, I agreed to make a movie. The first single, ‘Against the Wind’ will arrive on November 19, which is also the soundtrack of the movie “Hunting Season”!Koit Toome (Instagram)
Teflon Brothers, Spekti, Petri Nygård – ‘Munatoti’
Recently Yle announced more details for UMK22. So of course, we had to include a Finnish entry in New Music Friday to celebrate.. Today we drink to former UMK21 participants the Teflon Brothers who have joined forces with Spekti and Petri Nygård on ‘Munatoti’ or ‘Eggnog’. Every year since 2017 the fivesome have released fun, novelty Christmas tracks to get everyone – including Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé, in the festive spirit!
Munatoti is already our fourth and at the same time the best Christmas song made and released together. Around 2030, a joint Christmas album will be released, which will be Finland’s most beautiful, best-selling, streamed and best Christmas album ever. At least Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé have promised to visit the album, which has been praised by critics . After that, we head to Europe for a pre-sold out church concert tour.Teflon Brothers, Spekti, Petri Nygård
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