Posts Tagged ‘Eurovison’

Charley says WEEK! 2010.19

May 16, 2010

Move over, Jasper Erkens and Freaky Age. Here’s Breathe The Sound! Above is lead singer Simon Nuytten. Below is their song ‘Dance‘. Over here is a live cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror‘. And this is the band’s MySpace profile. This isn’t usually my kind of music, but I find myself liking this quite a bit.

Charley says ARTIST! Tom Dice
[http://tinyurl.com/37yv8wu]

Charley says COVER ART! Monrose – Like A Lady
[http://tinyurl.com/32jyq4p]

Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel
[http://tinyurl.com/38v9fmg]

Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
[http://tinyurl.com/34qmepa]

Charley says VIDEO! Lio – Le Banana Split
[http://tinyurl.com/32xv6wu]

Charley says LIST! 3 Unlikely Yet Rather Amazing Samples
[http://tinyurl.com/35uczzz]

Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates
[http://tinyurl.com/3y8dmru]

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Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel

May 12, 2010

 

Petra De Steur is a Flemish singer who is probably best known for her wacky hair styles (Eat your heart out, Lady Gaga) and putting a couple of children’s songs to dance music.

One of her best known singles is ‘Laat Je Gaan‘, of which an English version called ‘Just Let Go‘ exists as well. The song fits perfectly into the New Beat craze that was emerging from Belgium at the time, taking cues from the likes of The Confetti’s.

Petra is also a Eurosong regular. She appeared on the Belgian National Final in both 1993 and 1999, but it wasn’t until her 2006 participation under the moniker La Sakhra that she did well in the competition. In fact, was it not for Kate Ryan’s Eurovision stomper ‘Je T’Adore‘ it would have been ‘Wonderland‘ that represented Belgium in Athens.


Just Let Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_isV8q8i4U

However, today I wanted to tell you about ‘Angel‘, the song Petra hoped to shake off her old image with back in 2001.

I was surprised to find out that none other than Pole Folder was involved in the making of this song. This Belgian DJ, real name Benoit Franquet, is a brilliant trance producer who has had his music featured on shows as ‘Nip/Tuck’. My favourite song of his is ‘Faith In Me‘. It’s an incredible song that features the unbelievably chillingly gorgeous vocals of trance queen Kirsty Hawkshaw whom you may know as the voice on Tiësto’s ‘Just Be‘.

Unfortunately, just the involvement of this producer wasn’t enough to guarantee the success of this breathy tune. The single promos had to be sent out without a mention of who was singing on it for the “credible” radio stations to playlist it. If I remember correctly the song was pulled from certain channels when it was revealed that this was actually Petra’s latest effort. In the end, even a video featuring the singer only covered in a towel and her long hair fondling an almost naked black guy didn’t help.

Angel‘ spent one week in the Ultratop at number 50.

Charley says WEEK! 2010.18

May 9, 2010

Dutch YouTube-sensation Esmée Denters featuring on a duet version of German rock band Stanfour’s ‘Life Without You‘.

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am [http://tinyurl.com/37qfz6l]

Charley says SONG! Nikki – Can’t Stop Thinking About You [http://tinyurl.com/2usul6r]

Charley says SONG! Betty – Déjà Vu [http://tinyurl.com/3yrl68e]

Charley says SONG! Bliss – Buttons (Live) [http://tinyurl.com/2v56rer]

Charley says SONG! Andes ft. James Walsh of Starsailor – Een Dag Meer / One More Day
[http://tinyurl.com/2u8wvmj]

Charley says SONG! Whatever – Scream [http://tinyurl.com/3a6d3fu]

Charley says SONG! Robert Ramirez – Sick Of Love [http://tinyurl.com/2uatvuc]

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am

May 3, 2010

7Digital / Live Performance / iTunes

A good song is a good song. Regardless of who sings it.

Tom Helsen is a Flemish singer / songwriter who isn’t afraid to colour outside of the lines. Songs like ‘Sun In Her Eyes‘ are essentially pop, but have earned him respect from a more indie audience. Despite this success Tom doesn’t feel too good to do things a little bit different than what is expected of him. To name but a few things, he released a song with Milk Inc. producer Regi, he was a judge on Flemish ‘Soapstar Superstar’, despite being very much happily married and having kids he was ok with kissing a guy in the video for ‘Every Little Thing‘, he translated his hit ‘Goodbye‘ into Dutch for former ‘Idool 2003’ contestant Wim Soutaer to record…

For his new project Tom has written an album of songs for his favourite female voices. ‘The Truth About That Girl And Me’ will feature the likes of Hannelore Bedert, Lady Linn, Eva De Roovere, Sarah Bettens from K’s Choice, Jacqueline from Krezip… Over all these indie crowd pleasers Tom chose Barbara Dex to be on the lead single.

Barbara Dex is anything but indie. She shot to fame in 1993 when she represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Iemand Als Jij‘ is possibly the most beautiful song to ever come last in the competition. Unfortunately people were more interested in her homemade dress than her gorgeous ballad. These days the Barbara Dex Award is given out each year to the worst dressed Eurovision contestant.

Since 1993 Barbara has released some albums in Dutch and some albums in English. Mainly though she was one of those artist who stick around despite never really having another big hit. In recent years the only singles of hers that charted were ‘Crazy‘ and ‘One Life‘. Both are songs she competed with in Eurosong, the Belgian National Final.

The brilliant thing about ‘I Am‘ is that this all hasn’t stopped the song from getting playlisted on indie radio Studio Brussel and even the cultured people at Flemish Radio 1 have given it their seal of approval. I hope this song is going to be huge. Not only for the idea behind it, but also because it’s just a really beautiful song. If I had to compare it to something out there I would maybe say that it wouldn’t sound out of place on a Marit Larsen or Laura Jansen album.

The song isn’t in full on YouTube yet, but you can check out a sample on 7Digital, watch a short live performance at Studio Brussel or simply download the entire thing on iTunes.

See also: Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates