SONG OF THE MONTH: Feel The Love by Daði Freyr featuring ÁSDÍS (January 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

OUT: now

Postponing the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest means the 2021 edition is already unlike any other with returning acts like Iceland’s Daði Freyr having far longer to build their profile than usual.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Daði play live in London in April

Real name Daði Freyr Pétursson was selected by Iceland to compete with the fine Think About Things whose popularity really took off before it was even selected by its country when Hollywood star Russell Crowe took a shine to it and went public about it. It went top 40 in the UK, reached number 3 in Ireland and topped Iceland’s charts suggesting it would have done rather well at Eurovision.

We tipped it to finish 3rd in 2020’s Eurovision-that-never-was saying of it: ‘Think About Things was written for his child and its simplicity is matched by both its catchiness, quirkiness and charm. The video is funny and was one of the first we fell in love with in this Eurovision crop.  The indie-sensibility and formation dancing is particularly fresh and this is one of the entries that we would have expected to give Little Big a run for their money.’

We chose it as one of our songs of 2020, especially loved the Hot Chip remix and have tickets to see Daði at 2 London pre-Eurovision shows at Oslo, Hackney, and the 02 Forum Kentish Forum.

Daði wasted no time after Eurovision was postponed and, with many fan sites declaring him their unofficial winner of 2020, released 2 singles, Where We Wanna Be and Every Moment Is Christmas Without You.

Feel The Love, a duet with Michael Jackson-soundalike ÁSDÍS, is a highly infectious, dance floor romp and if his next release and uptempo Eurovision entry is half as good we’ll be well-pleased.

Do check out the fun video (watch above) which reveals a sense of knowing and pleasing the Eurovision constituency of his audience.

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The Berlin resident appears to be doing everything right ahead of Eurovision and the news that his entry will feature a choir of fans’ voices is likely to go down well in some quarters given the new rule that backing vocals don’t have to be live for the first time as well as less favourably in others.

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  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Daði Freyr  Tickets
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