Not many left now!
For France, Illy Baze sonically shows us what Serhat thought he was trying to do. The visuals are interesting too: contrasting moody bisexual lighting on a deserted dancefloor with the quotidian details of the blessed Thérése herself. His album is pretty special too – cosmic themes and ASMR noises turn up on Extrateresse and Oumamama, named after the unknown space object moving through our solar system.
Trixie Whitley is a Belgian American pop artist from Ghent whose new single Heartbeat goes on a voyage through multi-layered trip hoppy cascading melodies. The accompanying album will be her 4th – I can’t believe I’d never been introduced to her music before because it is exactly my sort of thing.
After the earlier overload of football song cheese, let’s get sophisticated.
Babba are a Russian indie electronica duo from Samara, combining hypnotic spoken word vocals with the electronic dings and whooshes that sound a bit like Orbital.
Croatia are represented by Svemirko, who are doing very smooth melodic electropop.
I considered making this a normal Game On post, but no. Today is about football songs.
Sweden have not one but two top class novelty World Cup singles for 2018.
Exhibit 1: Samir & Viktor – Put Your Hands Up För Sverige
Exhibit 2: Du Vet Du – Vi Sjunger
What do England have for 2018?
There’s nothing official, but there’s the majestic earworm of the Kick Song.
And I’m sure you’re familiar with Three Lions, but I thought you might enjoy this energetic thrash of a cover from WALWIN. Is it… coming home
For what is surely going to be one of my favourite matches of the tournament (thrilling Brazil finally getting going vs Belgium who could etch a new name on the trophy!) let’s have some of my favourite genres and two incredibly stylish black and white videos.
For Brazil, I present B-movie surf-rock from the Hitchcocks. Their video for It’s Alive looks super cool on a super low budget, and they rock all the way to the outer limits.
For Belgium, I have found some female-fronted heavy vaguely occult rock, which is basically my favourite thing in the whole world. Light some incense, inscribe a pentagram (if you’ve had the correct training) and enjoy Black Mirrors tear it up on their song Günther Kimmich.
Let’s have a bit of summery pop for this sunny Friday afternoon.
For Uruguay we have pop duo Olvidate! (the exclamation point is part of the name). Now, when I’ve been researching Uruguayan chart pop I’ve noticed that the basic reggaeton rhythm has mutated in all sorts of directions. The one you’ll hear in Qué Calor is at the same time closer to a Euro dance rhythm but also contains some jarring moments that would be challenging on the dancefloor.
For France, Therapy TAXI are very interesting indeed. They’ve launched their new album Hit Sale with a sequence of three videos telling a weird and troubling exploitation story, but for today I’ve got you ADENA from their first album.
For this incredibly important last 16 match, I am bringing out the CHIPTUNES.
For Colombia, enjoy New Dark Ages from Filmmaker – an album of lofi improvisions with fabulous electro crunch.
For England, enjoy a cut from the Hard Byte Rises by Bitman. Reach for the 8 bit lasers!
Phoneme-wise, it’s been a wee while since we’ve had a double ‘sw’ match in the knockout stages of the World Cup. In fact, since Swaziland have renamed themselves to eSwatini, this is now your only option.
For Sweden, home of sophisticated space age synth pop, we have some incredible throwback Italo disco from Carino Cat.
For Switzerland, home of the world’s largest particle accelerator, we have some ambient electro with absolutely fantastic sci-fi artwork.
Today’s afternoon fixture is a big, intense Central and South American party and we have some music to go with it.
For Brazil, meet Cofo de Parafernalha who have done something I never imagined hearing and combined cumbia vocals, crunchy new wave of heavy metal guitars and samba drums. It is WILD. I want to go to one of their gigs because I don’t know if we’d mosh or dance or what.
For Mexico, enjoy the sundrenched yet slightly melancholic psych of Acid Waves. Inferno Club sounds like it could be a lost song from that early noughties rock/dance wave that brought us The Rapture. Riffy and ace, never stops moving.
I don’t know whether we’re going to have sexy football tonight, but one of these teams which has never won the World Cup before is going to be a quarter finalist. So let’s have some tangentially sexy music.
For Croatia, meet Erotic Bilijan and His Heretics. Old fashioned rock and roll with thick guitar sounds and lots of very… analogue detail.
For Denmark, meet Anella whose visuals are 100% burlesque but whose sound is 50% electroswing, 50% pure pop. (Also, Anella if you’re reading, pop a wee entry for DMGP 2019 won’t you?)
You know the drill by now: more music, more football.
From Spain I’ve got you a rockabilly band with a lovely skeletal sound and a lot of energy. The Radions tour rockabilly festivals all over Europe, which are a very good time. Gig listings on their Facebook page.
For our Russian hosts, enjoy St Petersburg based Union Grail. Journey is track one on their new album, which contains some lovely tunes (Meet Me In Paris has a lovely bit of accordion on it).