He’s the iconic DJ who is representing Finland at this year’s Eurovision. Teaming up with The Giant Leap’s Sebastian Rejman on vocals, Darude has released all three songs with which he is aiming for Eurovision glory. We can now set our sights on Saturday’s final of UMK 2019, which is being held in Turku.
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Release Me”
The production here is rich — and the lyrics pack a punch too. This ain’t no love song y’all, as Sebastian pleads for his lover to let him go. “I don’t want to waste our precious time / ‘Cause we’re not getting any younger now” — that cuts deep!
But with the vocals Sebastian’s got on show here, we wouldn’t want him out of our lives either. There’s moments where the track threatens to overshadow the vocals though, particularly towards the climax. Of course, we won’t know how that will come across live until UMK itself.
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Superman”
“Superman” is an uplifting song, where Sebastian sings of a person who makes him feel “like a superman”. He sings to a person who holds an important place in his life, someone who is there to help him be the best person he can be.
The chorus builds up with the strong hook, “‘Cause only you can make me fly like I’m Superman”, building up a memorable refrain.
The song also features little electronic flourishes that may remind fans of Darude’s iconic single “Sandstorm”. It serves as a reward for long-term fans of Darude and a reminder of his substantial career as a producer.
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Look Away”
The song is a little unpredictable and surprises the listener with its sudden turns. The calm yet powerful beginning builds up steadily towards the chorus which turns “Look Away” into a dance club song. Right after the chorus, it drops again into a serious, slower undertone. Darude is serving up many flavours!
Through this song, Darude and Sebastian want to wake up people to focus and make a difference in the world. The music video also emphasises global problems that affect all of our lives, as we see people from different cultures, surrounded by various landscapes and weather conditions.
Which song should win Finland’s UMK 2019?
So which song do you think should win UMK 2019? Have your say in our poll. You can vote for as many of the three songs as you like. However, don’t forget, you can vote only once, so make it count!