Songs, songs and more songs #93: Mia Nicolai, Sigrid, Georgia, Molly Burch and Genesis Owusu + Eurovision 2024 update!

(via Shutterstock) Love is a messy powerful thing – sometimes it works in our favour, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does, and our romantic dreams crumble into dust, it can feel like the world has fallen apart, it can feel like indescribably words, emotions so big and damaging they somehow Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #92: Scandinavian highlights – Violet Days, Nea, Grandi, Jonathan Floyd + KIDDO x Rxseboy + new Kylie single

(via Shutterstock) I have loved Scandinavian everything. Perhaps it’s because there’s likely Swedish blood flowing in these veins from away back or perhaps it’s all that ABBA I listened to in the ’70s or the Agaton Sax books I devoured from my local library (I still can’t work out how Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #90: Disco Fries & Ferry Corsten, Rina Sawayama, Charli XCX, Dombresky + ROOSEVELT … and #Eurovision 2024 has a host city!

(Photo by Julian Myles on Unsplash) Life needs more than its fair share of uplifting influences. It doesn’t always get them but it needs them and thankfully these five artists are making sure that, for once at least, you get them! Every one of these songs is a shot of Continue Reading

#ChristmasInJuly festive music review redux: When Christmas Comes Around … by Kelly Clarkson

Coming back around for a second go at creating a warm-and-huggable Christmas vibe – her first festive record Wrapped in Red (2013) made quite the seasonal impression when it landed, anchored by that powerfully emotive voice and a gift for somehow sounding traditional and original all at once – powerhouse Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #88: Pride 2023 – Jake Shears w/- Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Alison Goldfrapp, Trixie Mattel + Adam Lambert x Sigala + Australia’s Voyager goes “Te Deum” for Eurovision!

(via Shutterstock) I love Pride! I love the fact that in a world that, for all the progress the LGBTQI+ community has made, still feels addicted to the idea that we are wrong, broken or god-knows-what, we can celebrate the fact that we are not any of the things they Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more songs #87: Kylie Minogue, Netta, Hemlocke Springs, Dreamer Isioma + Grimes … and more Eurovision 2023 aftermath

(Photo by FPVmat A on Unsplash) You want music that sounds like it will playing in your head for days, weeks, months, and quite possibly, years? How about if it’s produced by artists with a distinctive look, sound and sense of musically artistically self? Also good right? What about if Continue Reading

Eurovision under the shadow of war: how the 2023 contest highlighted humanitarianism, empathy and solidarity

In 2022, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest in a landslide victory. Traditionally, the winner hosts the following year but due to the significant security issues posed by the ongoing war with Russia, Ukraine was unable to host. As the 2022 runners-up, the United Kingdom stepped in to assist with hosting Continue Reading

Put your platform shoes away and get up from the stage: The Eurovision Song Contest wraps up for another year “united by music”

(courtesy / Corinne Cumming / EBU) What another amazing year of musical togetherness! With the Eurovision Song Contest have run its unifying course for another year, and Sweden having been crowned the winner with Loreen becoming the first woman with her atmospheric song “Tattoo” to win the contest in Continue Reading