'Never underestimate the potency of cheap music' - Noel Coward
European Dream: the melancholic underbelly of Europop
As the UK struggles with the lure of isolationism, and the refugee and Eurozone crises put nations at loggerheads once more, what of the music from that now lost era of optimism: the period from the thawing of the cold war through to the financial crisis. What of that strange beast we called Europop?
Cheap music? Perhaps. Some of it very 'uncool' indeed. But some of it sniffily underrated simply because of our cultural superiority complex.
Europop subtly defines the 80s-00s in its reflection of a world becoming more connected, and with English increasingly prevalent as most people's second language. From the enduring legacy of nordic pop perfection that was ABBA to the unavoidable monster summer hits (Black Box, Whigfield, Eiffel 65), we still loved it even as we airily dismissed it.
Come with us as we explore this lost world of guilty pleasures to reveal their darker sides. Expect keyboard-led atmospherics, swoonsome strings (from the Cherry Mint Koala crew), a fine line-up of guest vocalists and some very curious twists on the source material.
Album released as a download/stream June 2016, preceded by the single 'Saturday Night'.
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Ride On Time (feat Alexandra Howlett) - originally by Black Box
Saturday Night - originally by Whigfield
All That She Wants (feat Ellen Jakubiel) - originally by Ace of Base
Voyage Voyage (feat Rosaleen Donnan) - originally by Desireless
The Day Before You Came - originally by ABBA
What Is Love - originally by Haddaway
Sexy Boy (feat Gareth Forster) - originally by Air
Blue - originally by Eiffel 65
Self Control - originally by RAF (also Laura Branigan)
Asereje (feat Alexandra Howlett) - originally by Las Ketchup
Dancing On My Own - originally by Robyn
Euphoria (feat Ellen Jakubiel) - originally by Loreen