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Game On: France vs Belgium

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.

 

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Game On: Sweden vs England

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

Game On: Brazil vs Belgium

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.

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Game On: Sweden vs Switzerland

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.

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Game On: Brazil vs Mexico

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.

Game On! Croatia vs Denmark

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?)

 

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Game On! Spain vs Russia

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).

Game On: Uruguay vs Portugal

The weather continues to be utterly fantastic in the UK, so here’s two evocations of the louche pastel poolside vibe.

For Uruguay, A.M.I.G.A give us the adorable Verano 2020, containing fabulously useful summer vocab training and Uruguayan Daphne & Celeste vibes.

For Portugal, we revisit an older single from Listen Outside faves The Gift who give us glamorous drag and unicorn pool party vibes, which is very Summer 2018 even though it’s last summer’s song.

Game On: France vs Argentina

With the knockout stages upon us, it’s time to go deeper into music. France vs Argentina provide us with great football and great music with its mind on other continents.

For France we have ooTi with J’irai marcher dans l’Atlas (I will walk in the Atlas) whose daydreams about walking around the Moroccan landmarks become cooing, chill acoustic pop. 

For Argentina meet theatrical chanteuse Alix, whose twitter account is full of Kafka. Her song is the thematically appropriate I’d Rather Read (Dead Russians)