Eldar Qasimov has evolved. Yes, he won Eurovision 2011 with Nigar Jamal, and brought the contest to Baku. But he isn’t resting on his laurels. Last year he teamed up with Aligee and dropped a fabulous summer dance anthem, “I’m Free”. When I caught up with him in Malmö, he brought his fun side to the interview and applauded my efforts in reprising his winning song with Nikki. Although he isn’t one to bang out album after album, so far all his releases both in English and Russian have been the hallmark of dance quality. He makes me move!

His new single “Angels” is set for release in his home country, as well as Georgia, Ukraine and Russia. As I write this, he’s filming his music video. Good idea as this tune could do with a general release: it’s got the potential to go down well in international markets. Qasimov has been signed by one of the largest record labels in Ukraine, which has produced artists such as Ivan Dorn, Alexander Rybak, and Ani Lorak to mention a few.

When I asked Qasimov’s management team to explain the meaning of the song they didn’t flinch.

Everyone can be an angel. When our soul finds the courage to rise above the vanity, the sky gives us wings, which we can protect our loved ones, relatives, friends. Contrary to the belief, angels walk the earth around us. They deserve to be written about. I’m sure everyone has their angel. For someone it’s a mom or dad, friends, for someone it’s a loved one. I very much hope that the song ‘Angels’ will mean something special and irreplaceable for some of you.

Unfortunately for the average listener, “Angels” is just another Russian pop song. Yes, it takes me to the dance floor and may well keep me there. But it’s not going to take me higher.

No offence.

Rating: 3/5

Deban Aderemi contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @debanaderemi. Then follow the Team Wiwi on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Sema
Sema
7 years ago

Eldarrrr love youuuuuuu

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

@Wiwi Blogs

Am I really that notorious with my comments? LOL!

Truth be told…. I’d rather listen to Rebecca Black’s song “Friday” than this Justin Timberlake wannabe.

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

MUTE! MUTE! MUTE!

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

This is far worse than I’m Free but both are just generic dance club songs and nothing remarkable at all. I would like see Eldar step out of the box and do something far more credible and outstanding from a musical point of view and not let himself be under the shadow of annoying too commerical dance music.

Criss
Criss
7 years ago

I love this song!
Eldar <3

wolfgirl
7 years ago

Eldar you are superrrrrrrrr man. he is just like angel

MOON-FLOWER
7 years ago

<3 ELDAR <3

Fikri
Fikri
7 years ago

love the beat. but you’re right about being it being typical russian pop. :/