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She’s the anti-crisis girl who made sure her performance of “Be My valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl)” at Eurovision 2009 would be one to remember. Since then, LOBODA’s career has only continued to grow, and 2019 saw her star continue to rise. Now, the Ukrainian signer has released her new album Sold Out.

The album is full of electronic tracks that bridge the gap between pop and RnB. Indeed, the very first song of the LP, “Хиросима” (“Hiroshima”), sees LOBODA rapping with a mixture of auto-tune layered on top.

Sold Out also includes the previous single “В зоне риска” (“A risky situation”), released back in September. The song has a repetitive beat and chorus that the listener quickly picks up. Lyrically, LOBODA is telling a suitor that a relationship between them is too risky and would not work out: “If you’re talking about love, I don’t have much to say / I can see that you’re not ready…I’m right behind you but you’re not close to me / We’re in a risky situation, a risky situation”.

However, Eurovision fans may be quick to note one of the other names on the tracklist – MARUV. Although the Vidbir 2019 winner does not feature vocally on any of the songs, she has provided a remix of LOBODA’s previous single “INSTADRAMA”.

MARUV’s remix keeps the same drama and suspense of the original, but adds in more background electronic effects and a stronger beat in the chorus. It’s a combination that many will recognise from her Vidbir entry “Siren Song”.

Tracklist:

1 Хиросима
2 Новый Рим
3 Синие Волны
4 В Зоне Риска
5 Bon Apettit
6 Сказочный Дом
7 Плохой Featuring – IVANOV*
8 #1
9 Insta (Remix By MARUV)

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4 stars