New Music Round Up: November 2017!

November 2017 saw the release of even more songs from some of our favourite acts from Eurovision. This includes songs from former winners Marija Serifovic, Emmelie de Forest and Sertab Erener. Read on to hear the new tracks and to find out what we thought of them.

Marija Serifovic- ’11’

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Marija Serifovic won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with song ‘Molitva’. Since winning Eurovision Marija has released three Serbian language albums and had success with singles ‘Nisam Anđeo’, ‘Šta da zaboravim’, ‘Jedan vidi sve’ and has taken a break from music since ‘Mrs’, her last release in 2014. Four years on and Marija returns with ’11’. The track is a power ballad using strings and Marija’s trademark impressive vocal to convey a powerful sense of emotion.

Sergey Lazarev- ‘Vdrebezgi (Shivers)’

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Our favourite Russian singer of recent years Sergey Lazarev churns out another hit. ‘Vdrebezgi’ or ‘Shivers’ in English is Sergey’s eleventh single since finishing third at Eurovision 2016 with ‘You Are the Only One’. The song is a mid tempo song with a James Bond Theme chorus with brass and strings to warm the cockles of your heart. Like many of his recent releases, the song is a far cry from the poppy hits of his back catalogue which made us fall in love with the pop god!

Emmelie de Forest- ‘Sanctuary’

★★★★★★★★★☆

Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision for Denmark in 2013. Since then she has had a string of hits including the songs ‘Rainmaker’, ‘Hopscotch’ and ‘Hunter and Prey’. She has shied away from the spotlight in the past three years, instead writing songs for other artists including the 2017 UK Eurovision entry ‘Never Give Up On You’ for Lucie Jones. But now Emmelie is back and back in great fashion with latest single ‘Sanctuary’! The song is much more lyrically accomplished than some of her earlier songs but clings on to the upbeat, infectious choruses that we associate with Emmelie. Can’t wait for the album!

Dalal Midhat- ‘Never Give Up’

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Dalal Midhat was part of the quartet that represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurovision 2016. Alongside singer DEEN, cellist Ana Rucner and rapper Jala, Dalal narrowly missed out on a slot in the final with ‘Ljubav je’. Dalal returns with follow up single ‘Never Give Up’. The song and video has a powerful message which aims to increase awareness about the importance of organ donation. Dalal trills her way through the ballad accompanied by the tinkling of piano keys and teary images of sick children in need of organ transplants.

Mariya Yaremchuk- ‘Do Nestyamy’

★★★★★★★★★☆

‘Tick Tock’ gave Mariya Yaremchuk and Ukraine a sixth place finish at Eurovision 2014. She will probably be best remembered for performing alongside a man in a giant hamster wheel. Her career has been relatively quiet since Eurovision, but she’s back with floor filler ‘Do Nestyamy’. The song is a funky dance track with a sick beat and an air of Cher Lloyd about it.

Basim- ‘Aji Aji’

★★★★★★★★☆☆

Basim is that guy from Eurovision 2014 who did a convincing Bruno Mars impression and sang about kissing Katy Perry. ‘Cliche Love Song’ performed well giving Denmark a ninth place finish, but it wasn’t enough to emulate the success of the previous year, failing to win on home soil. Basim released new music earlier this year when he debuted ‘Comme Ci, Comme Ca’ and follows that up with ‘Aji Aji’. The song sees a move away from Bruno Mars and instead towards Latin Pop a la ‘Despacito’. The new sound is certainly more grown up than his previous bubble gum pop music and his look, sound and style puts me in mind of how Eric Saade’s recent releases.

Oceans of War (Sertab Erener)- ‘Finding White in Black’

★★★★★★★★★☆

Our next song is from another Eurovision winner, this time taking us all the way back to 2003 when Sertab won for Turkey with ‘Everyway That I Can’. In the last decade and a half Sertab has released solo music and has collaborated with Demir Demirkan on the Painted on Water side project. Now she has teamed up with Oceans of War for an entirely different sound altogether. ‘Finding White in Black’ is a raspy, rock song that packs a punch. Sertab’s vocals are akin to the iconic Bonnie Tyler and the guitars and drums are so much rockier than her Arabian pop hit from Eurovision. That said it totally works!

Artsvik- ‘Mna du’

★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Artsvik won Armenia’s marathon selection show Depi Evratseil in 2016 and went on to represent her nation at Eurovision 2017 with ‘Fly With Me’. The song continued Armenia’s recent successes in the competition, ensuring her a place in the final and 18th place overall. Her first release since Eurovision is entitled ‘Mna du’. The release brings Armenian lyrics, soul, flutes and piano to the fore but unfortunately is incredibly dull.

Michal Szpak- ‘Don’t Poison Your Heart’

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Poland’s 2016 Eurovision contestant Michal Szpak has ditched his red military jacket synonymous with his performance of ‘Colour of Your Life’ in favour for a darker style. Singing with contestant Marta and dressed all in black and with straightened black hair, the Polish singer debuted his latest track ‘Don’t Poison Your Heart’ on his nation’s version of singing competition The Voice. The duet was so well-received that many fans are tipping it to be the Polish Eurovision entry for 2018.

Timebelle- ‘Come Around’

★★★★★★★★☆☆

Timebelle are the Swiss/Romanian band who competed at Eurovision 2017 with song ‘Apollo’. Despite a decent song, an impressive performance and an outstandingly beautiful yellow dress, they failed to progress to the Final, the third year in a row for Switzerland. For their latest single ‘Come Around’, they team up with Romanian producer Soundland. The track is very different from their Eurovision effort, having more of an electronica feel. The new vibe is a mixture of Spain’s Barei’s most recent releases and elements of Rita Ora’s back catalogue. One thing that remains the same is the faultless vocal from lead singer Miruna Mănescu.

Check back next month when we’ll bring you even more Eurovision releases!

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