Poland are represented by the fabulously wonky pop of Ramona Rey. This song, Euvi works just as well in the full gaga-esque production of the single version but also as a low-key jazz version. I can only assume she’s too famous/cool to give the Eurovision a go, but I bet she’d be a right laugh.
Representing Colombia we have musical space/time traveller Bleepolar with a selection of irresistible basslines and a worldwide collage of sounds.
Bleeps, boops and all manner of electronic fun for you with Poland vs Senegal.
For Poland we’ve got the general Blade Runner ambience of LukHash with Round The World. Shades on, start your light cycle and prepare to overthrow the totalitarian government.
For Senegal, enjoy Djula Dance by Ibaaku and yes, you may never stop moving once you start.
Three in a row! Back to the thriving Polish scene of challengingly beautiful haunt-pop. This song, Eyes, is a single from their new release called ‘Stairs’ and it soars between blippy chiptune embellishments and gorgeous vocal moments. It’s very serene indeed. The whole EP is a chill delight, and comes highly recommended.
Also, on their Facebook page they have a photo of themselves looking really cool in some vintage macs, which is something I think more bands should do.
Kroki are on Soundcloud
Kroki are on Facebook
Kroki have a website
Polish film and pop musician Daniel Bloom released this as a single in 2015. I’m sharing it with you because I enjoy it. You might be interested to learn that the featured vocalist, Mela Koteluk, once sang backing vocals with The Scorpions.
This is amazing. Julia Marcell is a Polish singer-songwriter who has been releasing music since 2007. The song Tarantino is taken from her (awesome) 2016 album, Proxy. Tarantino is about the violence inherent in the system of strict codes of feminine beauty and behaviour. Make sure you watch the video with the translated subtitles on – this song contains some amazing, powerful lines (‘violence smiles in a bikini’ and ‘Don’t read the bible, that’s some real Tarantino’) as well as a very neat multiple choice ending that makes the viewer themselves partially culpable for the continuation of the endless violence.
This song is clever and beautifully constructed and Julia sounds like such an interesting performer. I am looking forwards to exploring the rest of her extraordinary work.
Julia Marcell has a website
Well, this is a weird one. This fab slab of alt-pop-rock from Polish superstars HEY has been on my Listen Outside playlist for a while, but it wasn’t until today I realised that it gives a lyrical shout out to Derby, the 2nd city of the East Midlands (ooh, burn). This is the first single off their 2016 album “BŁYSK” and I cannot for the life of me work out what the bit about Derby means. Still, cool song.
HEY are on facebook
We’re getting close to the end. And also the football is almost over.
In the first quarter final, Poland are playing Portugal. For Poland, we have a very excellent song by a man about who I know almost nothing except that maybe he was on X Factor? He’s called Ralph Kaminski and the song is called Podobno. It’s really very beautiful and I think we should keep our eyes on young Ralph.
For Portugal, it’s time for a duet by Mariza and Sergio Dalma and a bit of delicious fado. It’s in Spanish, which isn’t totally fado as far as I know, but have a look at the chorus lyrics, which are as fado as you like:
soul, it hurts to be the soul
I look like a crazy every night in my window
I can not sleep without the beat of your voice
I look in your eyes and I see nothing, I see nothing
Podobno – Ralph Kaminski [Stirring and stunning atmospheric pop]
Alma – Mariza com Sergio Dalma [Big stirring fado duet about lost love]
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.
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]
Four posts in a day! It’s getting serious now. For Ukraine vs Poland we’ve got two songs that are lovely in and of themselves, but which are also supported by visually stunning videoclips.
For Ukraine, we have Таша Круз’s ode to her city Kyiv, which lopes along tree-lined boulevards and smiles subtly in parks and generally makes the place look dead nice.
For Poland we’ve got Natalia Nykiel’s edgier, more disconcerting effort which sounds and looks like a story about the conveniences of modern life leading to isolation and The End. I will talk to you about this on twitter.
How Can You Not Love (My Kyiv)? – Таша Круз [Delightful jazz ballad with disconcerting video]
Badz Duzy – Natalia Nykiel [Gentle but wonky ballad with a superbly arty video]
This was the fixture that prompted all this nonsense – originally you were going to get Miss Kiss Kiss Bang vs My Słowianie because these are German and Polish songs that attempted to smuggle boobs into Eurovision (with varying levels of success), but then I remembered that MKKB is an awful racket, and that these two great nations could do a lot better.
So, for Germany we have the ridiculously talented Naima Husseini from Hamburg, who makes really gorgeous music – if you liked Sterne, try some of her ‘At home’ videos where she performs huge multilayered compositions with her voice and a loop pedal.
For Poland we have Maja Kleszcz and incarNations. Maja was in the Warsaw Village Band, who are well worth taking a look at, but now she’s with the incarNations and making music that is in touch with the Polish folk tradition, but wouldn’t be out of place in the charts.
Sterne – Naima Husseini [Twinkly and beautiful pop with a warm heart]
Zanim Wstanie Miasto – Maja Kleszcz and IncarNations [Propulsive, lively folk pop with sensitive production and Maja’s lovely singing]