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Toi et Moi – Lea Lu

This is so cute. So colourful and loveable. This is ‘Toi et Moi’ by Lea Lu from Switzerland and it’s notable in being a song that contains a whistled refrain that didn’t immediately prompt me to skip over it – whistling being my musical bête noire – but instead made me go back to the beginning and give it a proper listen.

Then I went to her website and found a picture of her wearing turquoise metallic eyeliner and green eyeshadow in a look that I can only describe as #goals.

Lea Lu is on Facebook

Lea Lu is also quite good at Instagram

 

 

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Game on: Switzerland vs Poland

The round of 16!

Our first game is between Jizelle of Switzerland and Saszan of Poland. Jizelle is singing a female empowerment anthem and I’m not clear whether Saszan’s song is pro or anti drugs, but it’s certainly about drugs.

Game on.

Whose pop princess is more princessy?

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Niämals – Jizelle [Lady-empowerment song, made even more emphatic by being in Swiss German]

Dizzy – Saszan [Chirpy, perky, kid friendly song about going out and doing drugs]

 

 

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Game on: Switzerland vs France

And we start the last round of games with something a bit nice. If you want something loud, try the other match.

For Switzerland we’ve got James Gruntz from Basel, who isn’t the punk tribute to James Blunt, but a pop balladeer.

For France we have Christine and the Queens. They’re famous enough outside France to be advertised on the London Underground, but I thought you might like her song Christine.

What's better? James Gruntz or Christine and the Queens?

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Dark Side of the Moon – James Gruntz [Delicate, spacey ballad. Not a cover]

Christine – Christine and the Queens [Laid back but melodic pop with a spoken word middle eight]

Game on: Romania vs Switzerland

We’re slowing it down a bit this afternoon, but in a sort of melancholic way rather than a sexy way. Well, maybe Jurjak is slowing it down in a sexy way, it’s hard to tell. For Romania we have the aforementioned Jurjak, whose song Future Ex is sinister, slinky and I think possibly what Serhat was originally aiming at. For Switzerland we’ve got a doomed indie ballad called Stellarling by Anna Aaron (my favourite song by her, ‘Who maimed you’ doesn’t have a video)

Which was better - Romania or Switzerland?

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Future Ex – Jurjak [Gravelly, moody, just slow enough to be sleazy]

Stellarling – Anna Aaron [Excellently miserable indie ballad of doom]

 

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Game on: Albania vs Switzerland

Euro 2016 is the kind of competition where anything can happen. But what happens when we set the Albanian music scene – represented by hype-generating pop starlet Era Istrefi – against the Swiss one, represented by Dabu Fantastic?

Albania vs Switzerland: who wins?

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BonBon – Era Istrefi [Super modern slightly Rihanna-fied pop]

Sunne – Dabu Fantastic [Summery pop with guitars]