During this year’s Eurovision Grand Final in Stockholm, Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw hovered into our hearts with “Fire in the Rain”. Since then other Eurovision alums have caught fire as well — particularly the class of 2014. Eurovision stars from each corner of the continent have turned up the flames and are channeling the sexy hot imagery of fire in their newly released singles and videos. Let’s have a listen…
Richard Edwards – “Burning”
Firelight’s lead singer Richard Edwards recently dropped the smouldering dance single “Burning”. Starting as a somber ballad, the song transforms into dance fusion reminiscent of many a remixed Euroclub hit in the vein of Calvin Harris or David Guetta. The club may be dark, but boy is it inviting — especially with Edwards’ folksy vocals.
Firelight fans won’t be disappointed with this new direction. Edwards pours the same soul and feeling into every phrase — yet “Burning” incorporates a new electronic flavor that could appeal to the radio listening masses as well.
Firelight represented Malta at Eurovision 2014 with the song “Coming Home”, finishing 23rd in the Grand Final.
Enre & RiskyKidd – “Fire to the Night”
RiskyKidd — one half of Greece’s 2014 entry — keeps the fiery theme crackling into the wee hours of the morning with “Fire to the Night” — a Mediterranean flavoured R&B collaboration with Enre.
It’s a summer banger perfect for a hot day by the pool. It’s not a stand-out summer hit by any means, but some of us at wiwibloggs found the song much more palatable after a couple shots of ouzo and a bass-driven dip in the deep end. As far as we’re concerned, though, a bit of trashy Greek hip-hop only makes the summer heat hotter!
RiskyKidd & Freaky Fortune placed 20th in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2014 with the song “Rise Up”.
Dilara Kazimova – “Suffer”
Our last new release comes from The Land of Fire. Azerbaijan’s Dilara refuses to “Suffer” anymore with the fourth release from her upcoming album. In the song it seems Dilara has had enough. She’s fed up with the nasty relationship that’s been burning a hole right through her and has decided it’s time to move on. The song has a decidedly R&B sound with almost experimental elements to it. It’s not the usual glossy Azerbaijani-Swedish pop fusion that we’ve grown to expect from Azerbaijan in recent years. “Suffer” is almost tribal and far edgier than the standard Eurovision fare.
Dilara is definitely not new to the flames. She competed in Eurovision 2014 with the song “Start a Fire” finishing 22nd in the Grand Final.
What do you think? Are you feeling the heat? Crackling with anticipation? Smouldering with excitement? Or do these new releases leave you cold and in the dark? Let us know in the comments below.