Kristian Kostov’s A Pop Prince In The Waiting & ‘Things I Like’ Is One Of The Year’s Best Electropop Songs

Since his 2017 runner-up performance representing Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest, we’ve kept a close eye on now 20-year-old Kristian Kostov and gleefully inform you today that he’s made an absolute slap.

Born to a Kazakh mother and a Bulgarian Dad, in Moscow, then having success in China as well as Bulgaria – the story has been absolutely out of control for Kristian so far. Fluent in four languages, he’s been able to flex into the needs of a bunch of different European nations and become a part of the pop canon in both Bulgaria and Russia, before in 2019 competing in the Chinese singing contest Singing and doing quite well there, too.

Kristian’s been finding the exact sound of what he wants to create over that journey – always backed by dark, glitchy electronic pop – but recently having a bit more fun with it.

In the last three months he’s put out three singles – starting with Honest, then speeding things up a bit for Better, and now a complete monster of a bop in Things I Like.

The pre-chorus instrumental has a similar energy to the verses of Taylor’s You Need To Calm Down, whilst the chant over the top of it is instantly anthemic. The drop feels like the experimental future-bass we were obsessed with a few years, headlined by folks like Coucheron, and the vocals have the most personality we’ve ever heard emanate from Kristian. There’s an EP called Mood on its way at some point, but regardless of when, we’re fed.

Pop prince in the waiting.

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