Nova Twins – HIT GIRL

I’ve been meaning to show you Nova Twins for ages! Amy and Georgia are from London and play very gnarly hip hop punk with hard hitting basslines and a pleasingly gobby attitude. You will want to be in their gang, be like them when you grow up and want to go out and scare loads of square boys with them. Hit Girl is a single from 2018, but you might also enjoy Bassline Bitch or Mood Swings.

Nova Twins are on Bandcamp

Nova Twins are on Facebook

Love Without Violins – The Gift

You have to promise me that you’re going to watch this one all the way to the end. The Gift come from Portugal and have been making arch, deeply alternative, extraordinarily visual rock music for ten years. Brian Eno is one of popular music’s most important thinkers. Both of them think in terms of grand artistic statements.

Incidentally, if you are interested in Brian Eno’s process and thoughts on the importance of creativity and expression, have a listen to this wonderful rambling Eno interview by Adam Buxton.

So I’m guessing that you just got to the end of the video (the part with the boobs in, seriously I told you to watch to the end) where they show you the incredible intimacy and ambivalent nature of the process of making the artworks featured in the video. Beautiful. Now, go and make some art yourself.

The Gift have a website

Brian Eno has a website

Small Talk – Ekkah

Now, because of the fragmented nature of the UK radio landscape, this lovely single from Ekkah passed me by when it came out. But listen! It’s a fabulous modern pop song, naturally grown and lovingly produced by two women who are both named variations on Rebecca – hence the ‘Ekkah’. It also sounds a bit like Bananarama, but made with real bananas instead of banana flavouring, if you get the metaphor. I’ve been having a listen to some of their other singles, which draw a bit more on the early 90’s R&B pop sound, complete with lovely harmonies and fingerclicks in the beats. Also, they did a cover of Kylie’s Spinning Around that you should have a listen to.

Ekkah are on Soundcloud

Ekkah are on Facebook

 

N'Deti – The Bloody Foreigners


When the football is over, we’ll be taking a special look at a nation which isn’t yet a Eurovision nation in its own right. But first, and along the same lines, let’s have a listen to N’Deti by The Bloody Foreigners, who are a London-based band of Kosovar academic rock chaps who sound like they might be quite fun. The Bloody Foreigners operate across genre boundaries, mainly concerned with hitting the groove and rocking out.
There does seem to be a lot of interesting and mysterious stuff going on in the Kosovar music scene, and I also read this lovely article about how the Rock School in Mitrovica is helping young people from divided communities communicate.
Apparently, the main Kosovan broadcaster only needs to join the International Telecommunications Union before Eurovision Song Contest participation becomes possible. Dua Lipa & Era Istrefi duet anyone? Or get Nora Istrefi in and make it a supergroup?

N’Deti – The Bloody Foreigners

When the football is over, we’ll be taking a special look at a nation which isn’t yet a Eurovision nation in its own right. But first, and along the same lines, let’s have a listen to N’Deti by The Bloody Foreigners, who are a London-based band of Kosovar academic rock chaps who sound like they might be quite fun. The Bloody Foreigners operate across genre boundaries, mainly concerned with hitting the groove and rocking out.

There does seem to be a lot of interesting and mysterious stuff going on in the Kosovar music scene, and I also read this lovely article about how the Rock School in Mitrovica is helping young people from divided communities communicate.

Apparently, the main Kosovan broadcaster only needs to join the International Telecommunications Union before Eurovision Song Contest participation becomes possible. Dua Lipa & Era Istrefi duet anyone? Or get Nora Istrefi in and make it a supergroup?