Listen Outside officially loves a duet, and also loves a bit of the soulful Nordic language downbeat pop. Imagine our delight when Syliin by previous Listen Outside artist Vilma Alina turns out to be a heart-tugging boy/girl Finnish language duet. Delicious.
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.
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
Open Sea – TOSCA BEAT
Rising Tides – Valparaiso feat. Phoebe Killdeer & Howe Gelb
Run To The River – Boggie
Ngurr (Rain Song) – Kardajala Kirridarra
River – Angeelia
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
The Lake – Galley Beggar
Hot Water – King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizzard
Oceans of Love – Hana Oceans
Rivers – Polaroid3
Bitter Water – The Oh Hellos
Rain In Soho – The Mountain Goats
Appropriately gloomy song from a concept album about Goths. (Website)
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
En Feu – Soprano
I’ve Got A Fire – Andi Toth
Empowering pop from the promising Hungarian singer songwriter. Facebook
Brasa – Jade Baraldo
Säde – Trad!Attack
Fiesta en el Inferno – Fangoria
House Fire – Braxi
Fire – Avoid Dave
Hearth – Saor
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
Inferno Club – Acid Waves
Jak Ogien – BARAKA FACE JUNTA
Fire – BON AIR
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.
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?
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.
For our second show, all of our musical selections are loosely themed around the element of air.
Velvet Volume – Leap Into Heaven
Nathan Trent – Aire
Druso – Passing Breeze
Céu – Varanda Suspensa
Ochepovsky – I’m The Wind
Belgrado – Wiatr
Noko Woi – Floating and Flying
Ankathie Koi – Hurricane
Wincent Weiss – Frische Luft
BAYA – LUFT
Mick Pedaja – Breathe Breath/Hingake
KK & Magnus Eriksson – Vindur
Wucan – Father Storm
Listen to our show at www.radiosix.com
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.
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.