By now it’s pretty obvious that we’re big fans of Karin Park, but we also have a large soft spot for Eurovision, so the two coming together is some kind of dream scenario. Of course, this isn’t the first time that’s happened – Karin co-wrote Margaret Berger’s stonkingly-good entry for Norway in 2013 – but now she’s going it alone, and it’s probably the best song to get within a whiff of Eurovision since the last time Karin was involved. Co-written by British hitmaker Guy Chambers, Human Beings features brooding verses that reflect on Karin’s boyfriend’s diagnosis with cancer, giving way to an enormous release of a chorus: “We are human beings looking for a meaning, you know you’re alive as long as you’re breathing.” The deal isn’t set in stone, though. Karin has to compete in Norway’s national final alongside ten other entries in the hope to win the chance to represent Norway on Europe’s most glittering stage. Melodi Grand Prix takes place on March 14, but you can listen to the song now. The other entries are also available to listen to on NRK’s website, although we, er, haven’t yet.
January has been a pretty stunning month for new Scandi music, so here’s our roundup of the best of the month. The Soundcloud list is pretty comprehensive, but criminally Zhala’s brilliant Aerobic Lambada is absent from YouTube.
Clearly these two have been influenced by their work with Maya Jane Coles on her 2013 album Comfort, as this track cold easily slip onto that album. Karin is popping up all over the place at the moment, with the release of her new album Apocalypse Pop scheduled for March and her only somewhat surprising appearance in Norway’s Eurovision selection, with a song co-written by Guy Chambers (after she co-wrote Margaret Berger’s exceedingly good entry a couple of years ago). Hurricane is a downtempo house track where Thomas Knights’ vocals perfectly complement Karin’s. Listen to it now as it premieres over on Noisey. It might also be worth mentioning that if you have a thing for red-headed fellows, it’s worth giving Thomas Knights a quick google.