“Line”, Latvia’s Eurovision entry by @TrianaPark receives a saxxy transformation by @Stan_Sax

TRIANA PARK, “Line” (Stan Sax remix) (free DL)

Germany’s Stan Sax is no stranger to these pages or my personal chart, having one of my favourite songs of the year with “Brothers” as part of duo Saxity, and adding trademark sax work to broaden the appeal of last year’s bubbly but inauspicious “Vague” by Fabian Luttenberger.  “Line” was this year’s Latvian entry for the Eurovision contest by the quartet Triana Park and regrettably this radio-friendly tune, a Top 10 hit in Latvia, didn’t move on to the upcoming finals.  But Mr. Sax has turned “Line” a bit inside-out and sideways, anchoring the song in a slower rhythm which gives it a more alt.rock vibe.  And of course there’s lots and lots of sax, and the melody and rhythm become a much more free-flowing jam session, making it quite the surprise by the end.  I often say that fine songs can receive some drastic but creative transformations and Stan Sax has a winner with “Line”, which you can download for free at the link above.

With Sights Set On Eurovision: @MarkusRiva with “Take Me Down”

MARKUS RIVA, “Take Me Down”

Latvia’s reknown DJ, singer, actor and model Markus Riva takes away the dance beats and trades them in (as well as brunette locks for blond) for a powerful ballad melody with “Take Me Down”.  Markus did so well finishing in the Top 10 for Latvia’s competition leading to a Eurovision entry with “Lights On” that he once again has his sights set for a similar goal with “Take Me Down”.  Like “Lights On”, “Take Me Down” has broad international appeal with a great hook and this time a smouldering performance that wouldn’t be hard to visualize on stage.  Markus is making some of his best songs and this rock power ballad shows another side of him where he sounds just great.   You can buy “Take Me Down” on iTunes.

Published in: on December 27, 2014 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Going For The Gusto: “Lights On” by @MarkusRiva

MARKUS RIVA, “Lights On”

“Lights On” is a big powerhouse of a song that should take its positive message around the world, courtesy of Latvian singer Markus Riva.  Readers of this blog already know the talented singer/producer/model/DJ from his BILLCS Top 30 Top 10’s “How It Feels To Be A Man” and “We Dance 4 Reason”, and his gritty vocal captures the presence of the underdog rising to the top.  It’s a very different follow up to his last single/video for “Fire”, which I wrote about recently.  I learned last night that “Lights On” is a contender to represent Latvia at Eurovision.  Don’t be surprised – songs with big choruses and inspirational lyrics go over big with judges.  Side note: He’s competing against his “We Dance 4 Reason” buddy Ralph Eilands! If “Lights On” gets to Eurovision, it has a real shot at winning.  If not, then no time should be wasted in marketing it globally.  I sense that it will also be played at soccer/football games 😉

Published in: on February 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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