Nature of Me – Michael Greilsammer

A particularly touching sub-genre of love songs is the love song from a father to his spouse once they’ve had children. The Nature Of Me is one of these – it’s got a quality to it that is at once anthemic and intimate, and Michael’s wife and long term musical collaborator Shimrit features on backing vocals.

You might remember Michael and Shimrit from the Israeli national Eurovision final in 2011, where they delighted us with Tou Dou Dou. If you don’t remember that, you should definitely check it out. In fact, check out all his work, it’s delightful.

Michael has a website. 

Michael is on Facebook.





Listen Outside On The Radio: Water

Our final summer special for Radio Six International was water-themed. Water is life, not just in the technical, scientific sense, but also in the metaphorical sense. Rivers are the stories of our lives and the open sea is both doubt and freedom.

Жива вода – Illaria

Lazily unfolding ecstatically spiritual dance from Ukraine (Facebook/Soundcloud/Website)


Classical, operatic vocals and sweeping atmospheric music from the Slovenian ESC 2017 National Final act. (Facebook/Website)

Rising Tides – Valparaiso feat. Phoebe Killdeer & Howe Gelb

A haunting and menacing duet with a touch of noir to it. (Facebook/Website)

Run To The River – Boggie

Reflective acoustic pop from former Hungarian ESC representative. (Facebook/Website)

Ngurr (Rain Song) – Kardajala Kirridarra

A creative collective of indigenous Australian women create trancendentally timeless music. (Facebook/Soundcloud)

River – Angeelia

Beautiful, warmly romantic, ambient pastoral pop from Estonia. (Facebook/Soundcloud)

Rain – Basalt

A very special and delicate piece of music from the Syrian trio who have made Vienna their home. (Facebook)

Half Seas Over – Amini

Just sharp enough to be delicious, it’s twee indie pop from the Norwegian duo. (Facebook/Soundcloud)

The Lake – Galley Beggar

Is it proggy folk, or folky prog? It’s great either way. (Facebook/Website)

Hot Water – King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizzard

Chugging psych from the best-worst band name in history. (Website/Bandcamp)

Oceans of Love – Hana Oceans

Pleasantly complex Swedish electropop (Facebook/Website/Soundcloud)

Rivers – Polaroid3

Intense and thoughtful French orchestral indie pop. (Facebook/Bandcamp/Soundcloud)

Bitter Water – The Oh Hellos

Sunny bluegrass which almost sounds like it was recorded outdoors. (Facebook/Website/Bandcamp)

Rain In Soho – The Mountain Goats

Appropriately gloomy song from a concept album about Goths. (Website)

Listen Outside On The Radio: Fire

Our third show features songs with a Fire theme. From the burning passion of a love affair to the celebration of the hearth and home, fire is a metaphor for destruction, creation, intensity and celebration.

Firestorm – Conchita

The Queen of the Unstoppables delivers fire. Facebook/Website

En Feu – Soprano

Uptempo, celebratory French rap. Facebook/Website

I’ve Got A Fire – Andi Toth

Empowering pop from the promising Hungarian singer songwriter. Facebook

Brasa – Jade Baraldo

Smouldering soul from the alumnus of The Voice of Brazil. Facebook/Website

Säde – Trad!Attack

Sparkling, beautiful Estonian traditional music with a bit of edge. Facebook/Website/Bandcamp

Fiesta en el Inferno – Fangoria

B-movie dancepop from Spanish dancefloor veterans. Facebook/Website

House Fire – Braxi

Theatrical pop from the Netherlands cabaret scene. Facebook/Website

Fire – Avoid Dave

Excellently jarring Estonian trip hop. Facebook/Soundcloud

Hearth – Saor

Soaring atmospheric metal, full of the majesty of Scottish landscapes. Facebook/Bandcamp.

If I Burn (You Burn Too) – Tara Lee

The rockier end of folk pop from one of Dublin’s finest multitalented women. Facebook

Dreams On Fire – Blue Foundation

Shoegazey Danish pop. Facebook/Website

Inferno Club – Acid Waves

Heavy Mexican prog, designed for the dancefloor. Facebook/Website


Noisy Polish punk. Facebook/Bandcamp/Soundcloud

Fire – BON AIR

Breezy French country-tinged folk pop Facebook/Website/Soundcloud


Noches de Sol – Cuzo

Tonight, some music from beautiful, vital, excellent Barcelona. Cuzo are an experimental prog band with an expansive, groovy approach to including psych and world music into their sound. Noches de Sol (Sunny Nights) combines poundingly heavy drums with sunshine laden guitars and shifts rhythmically away from you every time you think you’ve worked out where it’s going.

Cuzo are on Bandcamp

Cuzo are on Facebook  Myspace, apparently


Hello Hello – Mango Blitz

With a sunbleached aesthetic and a bouncy pop sound and infectious call and response duetting, Hello Hello has the potential to give Mango Blitz a big daft summer hit. The band are based in Budapest and have been making fun pop records since 2015. Over the summer of 2017 they’re finalising an album which, according to their website and Google Translate ‘can be said to favour the dancers’. Sounds good to me.

Also, and I am just saying this, a lot of their very catchy and danceable songs come in at the three minute mark. Maybe they should think of giving A Dal a go next year?

Mango Blitz are on Facebook

Mango Blitz have a website 

A Small House – Basalt & Conchita

You might have heard that unstoppable legend Conchita was due to play a gig in Edinburgh this weekend, only for the gig to be cancelled at the last minute due to the fact that the UK denied visas to the three members of Basalt, the band that Conchita was due to perform with.

Basalt are based in Austria, which is the country they’ve made their home since they had to leave Syria as refugees. Here’s an article summarising what happened about their visas.

The collaboration that Basalt and Conchita were due to present is the song A Small House. It is a very, very powerful and beautiful song with terrifying lyrical imagery of losing your home and personhood, matched with the incredibly moving video clip. I just cried in the airport at it. Suitcases in the water. Humanity’s inhumanity and humanity. Friends smiling together. People reaching out to one another in worst circumstances.

I want to hear more from Basalt. Let’s be honest the world needs to hear more from people like Amjad, Noor and Almonther.

Basalt are on Facebook

Listen Outside On The Radio: Air

For our second show, all of our musical selections are loosely themed around the element of air.

Velvet Volume – Leap Into Heaven

Energetic & joyful all-sister Danish rock group. Facebook/Youtube

Nathan Trent – Aire

Summery Spanish language reboot of the hit from Eurovision 2017’s Mr Congeniality. Website/Facebook/Soundcloud

Druso – Passing Breeze

Mysterious Spanish pop singer brings breezy, casual psychedelia. Website / Facebook

Céu – Varanda Suspensa

Dreamy Brazilian low-key electronic bossa nova-ish pop. Website/Facebook/ Bandcamp

 Ochepovsky – I’m The Wind

Achingly beautiful modern jazz with a featured vocal from Horek McMillan. Website/Facebook/Soundcloud

Belgrado – Wiatr

Spanish/Polish post-punk group with an amazing aesthetic make danceable rock music. Facebook/Bandcamp

Noko Woi – Floating and Flying

Salvador Sobral’s previous Barcelona-based band make beautiful Jeff Buckley/early Radiohead style post rock music. Facebook/Bandcamp

Ankathie Koi – Hurricane

Beautifully bemulleted Austrian retro electropop goddess in synth heaven. Facebook/Bandcamp

Wincent Weiss – Frische Luft

German reality singing sensation with sophisticated, airy, pastoral pop. Website/Facebook


Experimental Norwegian electro artist makes weird 80’s inspired pop. Soundcloud/Facebook

Mick Pedaja – Breathe Breath/Hingake

Gorgeously spare, beautiful ambient pop from Estonia’s finest (and Listen Outside mascot). Website/Facebook/Soundcloud

KK & Magnus Eriksson – Vindur

Rootsy, country-ish Icelandic trad. Website/Soundcloud

Wucan – Father Storm

Female-fronted, flute enhanced retro 70’s stoner rock with immense groove and verve. Website/Facebook/Bandcamp

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White Cars – Powernerd ft Ankathie Koi & Johann Martinus Bass

This song popped up while I was researching retro electropop diva (and Austria’s hottest ever mullet wearer) Ankathie Koi for the ‘Air’ show for Listen Outside On The Radio. I’m already very fond of Johann Sebastian Bass and I am a sucker for any form of homemade mirrorball costume, so this whole package had a huge raw appeal.

White Cars is a pure distillation of the aspirationally naff 80’s aesthetic, with the deliberately clunky video, the awkward extras and the beautiful deployment of a keytar vocoder. How fabulous!

If you like the more danceable end of Goldfrapp, or you were into Steed Lord, or you liked the Human League first time round, please get right into the work of Ankathie Koi. She’s a delight.

Here’s her Bandcamp.



Stay Awake EP – Bandmaster

Momentarily decloaking, I give you something that might take a couple of listens but will be very, very rewarding and actively make you cooler. Latvia’s Bandmaster are very much on the rise in 2017, doing Eurosonic Noorderslag at the start of the year and covering themselves with Baltic festival circuit glory.

Here’s the EP. For me the absolute standout tracks are Just Paddle (an excellent, spacey duet with EZERI) and Paper, Rock and Scissors which sounds like two songs playing simultaneously in the absolute best way possible. She Will starts off as a 90’s dancefloor banger and then gleefully wrongfoots you just when you’re expecting the drop. Hiding finishes the EP off with all sorts of difficult noises, squelchy noises and a synth solo line that begs to be played on keytar.

I like this, it’s good. You can definitely dance to it, but it’s like a 4/5 difficulty rating.

Bandmaster are on Soundcloud 

Bandmaster are on Facebook

Bandmaster also have this excellent music video.