21st January 2019: Grand Blanc – Samedi la nuit

Artist: Grand BlancTitle: Samedi la nuit Language: French Translation: Saturday night According to this article (https://www.europavox.com/bands/grand-blanc/), the modern French band Grand Blanc are influenced by Joy Division. I can definitely hear that with this track, along with a distinct urgency. The article mentioned above, written by Noémie Lecoq, mentions a phrase – cold wave – which I really like. I...

19th January 2019: Sergio y Estíbaliz – Búscame

Artist: Sergio y EstíbalizTitle: Búscame Language: Spanish Translation: Find Me This song is so cute! Sergio y Estíbaliz represented Spain in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called “Tú volverás” (“You Will Return”). Today’s track is from their eponymous 1973 album. While researching I discovered they also released a 1979 synth-pop / disco album called ‘Beans’. Note to...

18th January 2019: Hamide Sadiku – Moj Hatixhe, N’Shami T’Kuqe

Artist: Hamide Sadiku Title: Moj Hatixhe, N’Shami T’Kuqe Language: Albanian Translation: My Hatixhe with the red scarf A poignant song about what it means to be a woman getting married, knowing that you have to leave your own family behind in order to look after your new family. I imagine this resonates around the world, not just in Albania. This beautiful...

16th January 2019: Maria Koterbska – Posłuchaj, oto cza-cza-cza

Artist: Maria Koterbska Title: Posłuchaj, oto cza-cza-cza Language: Polish Translation: Not exactly sure – I think it translates as ‘Listen, here is the cha-cha-cha’. I enjoy listening to songs that have a particular musical origin, but which are then sung in a different language. The dance, cha-cha, is originally Cuban, and hearing a song about it sung in Polish is rather...

15th January 2019: 김완선 (Kim Wan-Sun) – 리듬 속의 그 춤을

Artist: 김완선 (Kim Wan-Sun)Title: 리듬 속의 그 춤을 Language: Korean Translation: That dance in the rhythm Despite the (dare I say it) over-use of drum machines / samplers on this track, it still retains a total charm. I think that Kim Wan-Sun’s voice manages to cut through the ‘over-the-top’ness of the backing track. There is an endearing earnestness in how...

13th January 2019: Mol Kamach & Baksey Cham Krong – Pleine Lune

Artist: Mol Kamach & Baksey Cham KrongTitle: Pleine Lune Language: Khmer Translation: Full moon This song is so beautiful. Reminiscent of The Shadows with a hint of Hawaiian guitar thrown in, this was a hit in Cambodia when released in 1964. The album this song appears on, ‘Ne penser qu’à toi’, was re-issued by the fabulous Akuphone. I have only...

12th January 2019: Grazia – Soyle Beni

Artist: GraziaTitle: Soyle Beni Language: TurkishTranslation: Have To Be The original of this album, released on Koliphone Records in 1978, is apparently one of the most highly sought-after Israeli records. An interesting release for many reasons, mainly that Grazia was only 16 when she recorded it, and that she was Israeli but sang this in Turkish. It was re-released in...

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