In Greece and Cyprus, it’s that time of year when the pop hits, destined to fill dance floors in beach bars across the nation, just keep coming. Three of our favourite Eurovision Queens of the Hellenes — Helena Paparizou, Eleni Foureira and Tamta — have put out their latest summer bops… and let us tell you, we are HERE. FOR. IT.
Here’s a roundup of their new songs, so you can add them to your own summer playlists.
Helena Paparizou — “Kalokairi kai Pathos”
First up is Helena Paparizou, whose “Kalokairi kai Pathos” (“Summer and Passion”) features all the steel drum action you could wish for. The music video sees the Eurovision 2005 winner frolicking about on a beach – then a yacht – while applying copious amounts of Carroten, the suncream brand that sponsors the video.
She sings about being completely lost in her lover, drinking cocktails and dancing the night away with them. Judging by the song’s final chorus, Helena’s lover literally takes her breath away – it’s a rare, touching moment of vulnerability for the Greek powerhouse.
Currently vying for tenth position in the Greek airplay charts along with “Kalokairi kai Pathos” is Helena’s other release from back in March, “Askopa Xenihtia” (“Aimless All-nighters”). It’s completely different from “Kalokairi kai Pathos”. The tone is melancholy, and the video opens with the English quote “Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who is happy to be by herself”. We’re not sure where things went horribly wrong with her summer lover, but a black-clad Helena is quite clearly giving up on them.
Ethno-sounding violins play in the background as she sings of her frustration, telling her lover not to come crawling back. As the video fades out with Helena striking a power pose with some boss gal pals, we get the feeling you definitely wouldn’t want to mess with her.
Tamta & SNIK — “Senorita”
Eurovision 2019 alumna Tamta is also giving us major boss vibes. Her new single sees her duet with rapper SNIK on the trap-inspired track “Senorita”. SNIK, in classic rapper style, brags about his jet-setting, expensive life. Ever-glamorous Tamta looks straight out of a 1950’s road-trip movie, but is still able to keep it modern and fresh. The “Replay” hit maker firmly puts SNIK in his place, reminding him she won’t stick around if he keeps pulling this stuff. You tell him, girl!
Eleni Foureira & Claydee — “Loquita”
Just like the rest of the world, Greece has jumped on the Latin bandwagon with great enthusiasm. Eleni Foureira, always ahead of the curve, has even started singing in Spanish (just give Spanish “Fuego” a listen. We promise you’ll be converted). Enter “Loquita”, her collaboration with superstar Claydee. It’s sung entirely in Spanish, and the music video takes us away to a hot night in a shabby-chic South American bar.
Eleni shows off her gorgeous body while Claydee raps “tu eres mi loquita” (roughly translating to “you are my ‘crazy girl'”) and pops a few Mentos. But we know who’s really in charge here – nobody puts Eleni in a corner, and she sure dances her way out of it. Lyrically, the track is a little repetitive, but that’s what makes it entrancing.
With such a selection of catchy tunes on offer, we can imagine Greece and Cyprus’ nightclubs coming alive with the music from these three goddesses this summer. And we want to be first in the door!
What do you make of these latest releases from Greece and Cyprus’ Eurovision alumni? Which songs are you listening to on repeat? Let us know in the comments below!