Following the grand reveal of the seven acts competing in Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2024, Finnish broadcaster Yle is dropping the lyrics videos for each entry one by one. Next up are Mikael Gabriel and nublu with the song “Vox populi”.

Mikael Gabriel and Estonian rapper nublu are among the most successful rap artists in their respective countries. Released in 2010, Mikael Gabriel’s debut album Pohjosen poika was well received, and the singles on his 2015 album Versus broke streaming records even before the album was officially released. 

Nublu rose to become Estonia’s biggest artist and rap phenomenon when he was voted Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Artist of the Year in 2020. A collaboration by Gabriel and nublu, Universum, was released that same year, quickly rising to become the most listened-to single in both countries on Spotify.

Gabriel and nublu found each other through social media. Gabriel had heard about nublu, but did not know anything about Estonian rap music. Gabriel admits that he had certain preconceptions, but hearing nublu’s material turned them right around.

Mikael Gabriel x nublu – Vox populi

Mikael Gabriel x nublu’s UMK entry is called Vox Populi. The song talks about how it is sometimes hard to know what’s true and what isn’t in such polarised public forums. According to the artists, the song is extremely topical in today’s world, which is filled with populism and people droning on endlessly about their own truths.

“The song deals with political and cultural divides, saying that even though we’re all entitled to our own opinions, it doesn’t necessarily make them true. Everyone should use their voice, but at the same time you should also keep in mind that you will be judged no matter what,” says Gabriel. 

UMK24 jury: “Mikael Gabriel and nublu are two of the most well-known and popular artists in Finland and Estonia, and they are entering UMK as a duo with a song that will surely be a surprise for many. Their previous collaborations were rap-driven, but this time around the song is a truly unique combination of dance sounds, punky rock and contemporary hyperpop. The crowning touch is an inescapably catchy chorus, which will grab you the first time you listen to it”.

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WARS
7 days ago

I Like this Melody Because It Has Românian Flag In It!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Imagine a Montenegro 2014 astronaut rappers staging for these guys!

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

i will get this year no offer.
last year i got käärijä and also lxandra.
2022 olivera and the younghearted.
2021 ilta
2020 cicciolina (song)
this years seven songs are all not my cup of tea.i like cyano kicks most of them but i think vox populi will win UMK 2024.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Estonia and Finland made it to space!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

windows95man all the way for me, that bop and baby lasagna in malmo would make it such an epic contest tbh, and Ollie for Estonia, and Germany with the daughter of ”verdammt ich lieb dich” legende Matthias Reim, Marie Reim pls

and also Joost for die Niederlande, more about the freakshows pls and less about the song, yasss

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
1 month ago

Song with fun catchy melody and serious topic in the lyrics? I like it! a lot actually. Here’s my final top 7 (I must say it was quite hard to put together – this year is strong):

  1. Sexmane 
  2. Mikael Gabriel x nublu
  3. Jesse Markin
  4. Sara Siipola
  5. Cyan Kicks
  6. Sini Sabotage
  7. Windows95man
WALLY
WALLY
1 month ago

Last year I liked all the songs of UMK. This year only 2 or 3. Sara or Cyan Kicks are my favourite.

Dida
Dida
1 month ago

The song is a joke…

Yuarith
Yuarith
1 month ago

The song’s okay, but it didn’t do much for me. I liked Universum more

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 month ago

1. Sini Sabotage
2. Cyan Kicks
3. Jesse
4. Sara
5. Mikael and Nublu
6. Windows95man
7. Sexmane

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

1) Sexmane
2) Sini Sabotage*
3) Sara
4) Jesse
5) Mikael et Nublu**
6) Cyan Kicks
7) Windows95man

* Moves up a place since last night
** Still processing the meaning of this song

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

5) has been disqualified from this list, Cyan Kicks and Windows95man now move up a place

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

This modern cultural spin is cleverly crafted with a “back to basics” approach to guitar-driven electro rock. “Vox populi” literally means “the opinions or beliefs of the majority” and is based on an old Latin proverb, which says that the people’s voice is the “voice of the gods.” So it’s quite satisfying to hear those basic guitar chords symbolise the majority, and therefore perfectly symbolise both its appeal and its worthlessness at the same time. (Though those chords have worked well for Green Day over the years.) On the positive side, I don’t usually like untuned rap in a song… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Meaning… “independent thought is to be advised” or “I am always right, why even bother listening to others”?

Putin tattoos do not give much faith in this man’s wisdom.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

“All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall.” – Pink Floyd’s take on education and thought control, well before social media happened. 🙂

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Here’s my two cents:

ad “independent thought…”: reminds me those who call people who disagree with them “mindless sheep” and saying that only by repeating what they themselves (the speaker) say they are “independently thinking”

ad “I am always right…”: people closed in their own eccho chambers because they are so convinced they are right that they only look for information/groups that have the same opinion as them and everything that would call their opinions into question is “lies” or just simply “wrong”.

ad tattoo: …what

kiertävä sirkus
kiertävä sirkus
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

he’s a covid denier, antivaxxer, transphobe, probably also homophobe and elon musk fan

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
1 month ago

That’s disgusting! I did not know that before I made my top 7 and after doing quick search on him I hope he won’t get selected.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Lauren MIA

They’re going straight to my number one now!

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
1 month ago

You’re free to choose favourites however you like.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Nice

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I don’t understand what you mean by this

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Well my final list before the live show:
1) Sexmane
2) Sara
3)Windows 95man
4)Mikael/Nublu
5,6,7 (in whatever order) Jesse, Sara, Cyan Kicks

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

I prefer watching the video than listening to the song. And wasn’t the newsreader one of Kaarija backing dancers? Mmm too many repeats of the title of song. Sara Siipola or Sini for me. I want to like Cyan Kicks but feel something is missing. I’ll see after the live performances if my choices change

Pat
Pat
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Matti.

kiertävä sirkus
kiertävä sirkus
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

yes, Matti, he’s one of the UMK producers

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

Ok cool song, upbeat, cool message, but still not impressed by UMK 2024 sorry, I was waiting for the best UMK ever as announced but it’s not for me comparing with the songs we had from Finland 2 years in a row. Now they will maybe make a fire show with interstellar stagings and it will be the best UMK ever and I will change my mind, maybe. Now based only on the studio tracks, I will go with Cyan Kicks or Mikael Gabriel & Nublu. Let’s see the lives and the stagings, but I’m less excited than the last… Read more »

kiertävä sirkus
kiertävä sirkus
1 month ago

the message is full of hypocrisy when you learn what kind of person Mikael Gabriel is

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

I like this a lot, not sure if it’s for UMK or Eurovision but I really like it

Kat
Kat
28 days ago
Reply to  Paul

I feel it’s heavily geared and calculated for Eurovision – and that’s the other reason why I don’t like it. (The other, for me, being the overproduction + lack of a memorable song.)

Calculations never work, see e.g. Rasmus, Darude, Saara Aalto, etc etc. UMK is at its best when there’s just good songs that stand on their own, that’s where the interesting stuff happens.

This track not only is trying to get the Estonian votes (with the Estonian feat.), it’s also taking all the cues from Käärijä, but not in that unexpected, catchy and cool way.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Oh well, my wonderings went into the moderation queue. I suppose I need to know if this guy is a moron or not.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

At least we know if you are!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

I like it . I think. Depends what the listener projects onto the lyrics, I guess. A conservative libertarian bemoaning the lefty “woke”, or a progressive lib bemoaning the MAGA LePen nationalism cult?

A call for independent thinking, perhaps? Who knows.

kiertävä sirkus
kiertävä sirkus
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Mikael Gabriel is a conservative libertarian talking about “woke”, “sheeples”, antivaxxer, covid denier, transphobe.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Disappointing. F him, so.

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Then he’s not a fool, good for him

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

This makes me like the song even more.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

‘Cult’ lol haha.

Ferrari Fish
Ferrari Fish
1 month ago

I hate it and im maybe from Finland.
Goes straight to 7th place in ranking.

Jayn
Jayn
1 month ago
Reply to  Ferrari Fish

Maybe…

Yuarith
Yuarith
1 month ago
Reply to  Ferrari Fish

How can you be “maybe” from Finland?

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Yuarith

Easily, I’m maybe from Finland too ?

Dandi Dansa
Dandi Dansa
1 month ago

Pretty great, goes quite fast and is probably one of the favourites for the win. It’s a tight race this year, but we’ll see, as live performances come up! Nice bunch and quite rap influenced this year.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

The best of the bunch

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

I find the potential meaning of this song the most interesting part about it. My second place but I’m wonder if they could revamp it live to make it hit harder on the last chorus?

Melissa
Melissa
1 month ago

Perfect split of 3 songs in English, 3 songs in Finnish (and one partially in Estonian), and one with both. We can push for 5 Non-English songs next year surely.

finnished
finnished
1 month ago

Sara Siipola is easily my favourite, and judging by the reactions, it is the favourite ampng Finnish fans too. The competition is very close though. I wouldn’t mind Cyan Kicks, but we’ve already sent so many rock song so a ballad in Finnish would be something different. We’re definitely not winning this year (either) but at least with Sara we can extend our qualification streak I think.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

Cyan Kicks can as well but I fear this isn’t the right song and that they wasted their potential not going to Eurovision with the catchy hook of Hurricane.

Dandi Dansa
Dandi Dansa
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

I never understood this view where it’s a Eurovision winner or nothing, there are other places than 1st. A top-5 placement is very possible, as stage show can elevate a song a lot.

Netherlands 2014, Spain 2022 and UK 2009 come in mind straight away, where a song wasn’t seen as a front runner, but became one after live performance.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Dandi Dansa

Netherlands 2014 and Spain 2022 indeed performed spectacularly but I think UK 2009 only placed high because juries felt obliged to give points to the name and presence of ALW. The song was so bland.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Just like I assumed, they served the fun and energy! It’s not giving potential winner like Cha Cha Cha let me be clear, but this song definitely got very catchy beat and makes me smile. It’s gonna be between Cyan Kicks and Mikael&Nublu I guess.

Noam600
Noam600
1 month ago

OK.. Finland for sure are not the winner of ESC 2024

Yuarith
Yuarith
1 month ago
Reply to  Noam600

That’s not bad per se, it doesn’t have to be the aim every year and their songs are competitive anyways

Anna
Anna
1 month ago
Reply to  Noam600

It’s not a problem. Mostly I don’t even like the winning songs so much. My favorites are often in The top10 but rarely winning.

Nikki
Nikki
1 month ago

The Matador Olex3 made me laugh hard. It’s good, catchy and fun.

After hearing all of them I think my Top is definitely

1/2- Cyan Kicks/Sara
3- Mikael and Nublu
4- Sini
5- Windows95
6- Sexmane
7- Jesse

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Love the beat and the instrumentation. It feels different yet the chorus is very catchy.

It’s between this and Windows95 Man for me. Cyan Kicks would be third. You

Cila
Cila
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Same top 2 🙂

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

I like it. But no, all opinions are not equally wrong. Still, this to me is the best Finland has to offer and I hope it gets picked. I’m relieved I have something to root because of it weren’t for this last catchy tune, I would have skipped UMK altogether.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

root for

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Please be good, this Finland’s last hope. There is Sara Siipola but I find her song only okay. In hindsight, they should have saved some songs from the really good UMKs of 2023 and 2021 for this year.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Maybe it’s only great in uneven years.

Rafael
Rafael
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

UMK 22 was awesome. The best so far this decade

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

They’re so handsome

Noam600
Noam600
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Hmm.. no.. not at all

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

This is gonna be such a banger and I’m here for it!

Antti
Antti
1 month ago

No, no, and definitely no! I don’t care about the song itself. He openly supports the senior party (Finnish equivalent of the Tories) of the government that tries to destroy the Finnish welfare state, and then he has the nerve to go to the UMK and hypocritically performs a song about forgetting the political differences and coming together. It’s like a positive affirmation “there’s nothing to see here”. The division is bad for all of us yes, but sorry, I feel that he’s not the right person to talk about it. He used to have P*tin tattooed on him (removing… Read more »

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Antti

Why would he get such a tattoo? I thought pretty much the entire Finland would be afraid of Put in.

finnished
finnished
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

It’s actually true that he had a Putin tattoo, he took it in 2016, saying that he resepects him for achieving more than anyone else. He removed it in 2019 with the Finnish lion.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

yes, I googled and saw a picture to verify it, it just baffles me that anyone and especially a Finn would get such a tattoo. But okay, it’s his skin.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

What an idiot, hard to take his lyrics seriously after learning this. Still, maybe he speaks from experience and has hopefully learned his lesson.

kiertävä sirkus
kiertävä sirkus
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

his twitter shows he didn’t

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

Finnish Igranka vibes Yassssssssssss with those astronaut costumes