SCANDIPOP.CO.UK REPORTS – Several Swedish Eurostars participating in Melodifestivalen release new songs this week and we have made a round up based on the reports of www.scandip.co.uk
Swedish dancepop duo Man Meadow are back with a brand new single that they’ve just released. Over the years the faithful duo have been soldiering on and releasing infrequent gems here and there. From ‘Viva La Musica’ and ‘Love Is Gonna Get You’ in the early days, to ‘How Does It Feel’ and ‘Overflow’ more recently. ‘How Does It Feel’ has turned out to be our favourite of the bunch though. What a song.
New single is ‘Kill The Dancefloor’, and it’s an acoustic folk ballad. Erm….not really. Of course it’s not! It’s another dancepop track that’s high on the synths-icity and low on the authenticity. It’s actually even so far as being a little bit harder than what we’re used to hearing from Man Meadow. They’ve been All Clubbed Up. But the retro camp element that’s somewhat become their trademark by now is all there – so we know it’s the boys. Even if this is perhaps their least Man Meadow and most generic sounding release to date.
AGNETHA & GARY
Well after the sterling job they made of their remix on her previous single ‘Dance Your Pain Away’, it made sense that 7th Heaven were once again asked to remix her new one. And so today it arrives – the 7th Heaven mix of Agnetha Fältskog & Gary Barlow’s ‘I Should’ve Followed You Home’.
You don’t need us to describe what it sounds like. You know even before you press play what you’re letting yourself in for. Well produced pure camp amazingnessness. As always, 7th Heaven bestow onto a song an amyl fueled debaucherous mix, without taking away any of the magic of the original. They don’t spoil it – they just dress it up nicely for a night out, while making sure that it gets home safely, shoving a pint of water down its neck before it nods off.
Agnes took on ‘Flowers’ – turning Titiyo’s mid-tempo 90s funk jam into an up-tempo 90s house tune! With it being feelgood disco, Agnes was obviously all over it like a pro. This is what she does – and she hasn’t sounded so happy belting out a track since the license to gay abandon that was ‘Love Love Love’.
She sounds like she’s having the time of her life singing it – and that always makes for an even better experience for the listener. Listen out for the “WHOOOP” during the final chorus. Let it rip, Agnes! Naturally it’s already gone to number 1 on Swedish iTunes.
The last of the Martin Roklinski EP previews today, and we finish off with what’s to be the new single – ‘Golden Rays’. Funnily enough what with it being the new single and all that, it’s also the best of the three new songs too. Very different from anything he’s released before, and so not what we were expecting from him at all. It’s an anthemic, electro, tribal, folky, mid-tempo torch song kind of thing.
Quite eccentric. With verses that are a bit like ‘Wrecking Ball’, and a big choral chorus that anchors the whole thing. It’s that “whoah-oh-oooohhhhhhhh” that forms the basis of the song, and that stays in your head afterwards. And it’s a very good tune to have in your head. All-join-hands-and-sing-it-together kind of fare. You’ll know what we mean when you here it. Which will be in the next few seconds.