My Five Favourite… #6: Josh Record
It’s time for another My Five Favourite, in which we ask musicians to suggest their five favourite songs on a theme of their choice.
This time it’s the turn of singer-songwriter Josh Record, whose new tune For Your Love is currently playlisted on Radio 1 and Radio 2. He’s picked an excellent smorgasbord of Scandinavian musical fare. Below, he explains why… CS
MY FIVE FAVOURITE… SCANDINAVIAN SONGS
I am absolutely in love with everything Scandinavia. Ive been travelling there for the last 5 years or so, including driving to Norway and stopping off everywhere in between. As well as this, working with many artists from the area I have grown so fond of! Still when you say Scandinavian music, the first thing that comes to mind is Abba, but there are so so many artists old and new that amazing. Say Lou Lou, MO, The Knife, Beatrice Eli, and Kings Of Convenience to name a few that I love!
Choir Of Young Believers - Why Must It Always Be The Same
Having found some fame over here through the success of the Danish/Swedish drama the Bridge (their song Hollow Talk is the theme tune), Choir Of Young Believers are a success in their home country Denmark. Beautiful folky quirkiness with dark vocal melodies drenched in glorious reverb!
Tingsek - World Of Its Own
I was a huge fan of Sweden’s Tingsek since I was 16 years old. He ended up supporting Adele in Amsterdam and I managed to get backstage tickets for the show. After meeting him and subsequently ‘fan girling’ him we actually became close friends and have worked together on a number of projects since. He is an incredible musician and vocalist, and is the biggest reason I am still making music. His songs have a amazing pop punchiness and sensibility whilst whilst retaining depth and respect with his awesome songwriting.
Little Dragon - Twice
An absolute obvious choice I know, but I am overly obsessed with Little Dragon. It’s effortlessly cool, endlessly interesting and what I’ve found so incredible about all the Scandinavian artists that I love is that their lyrics are so real, and poetic, considering English is a second language to these amazing nations! Twice is a beautiful example of song that is oozing class!
Ane Brun - Words
Norway’s Ane Brun for me has one of those timeless sounds. Having released six albums - of which I own six - I often put these on and get totally lost in it all. It’s beautiful, haunting, and powerful. Put this on and lose yourself!
Mikhael Paskalev - I Spy
This Norwegian/Bulgarian singer songwriter, who studied in Liverpool, first caught my eye with the unique and mesmerising video for his single I Spy. I was surprised that this song didn’t take off more in England at the time as I think it’s so fresh, and his character from all his videos seems so intriguing. I remember spending hours on the internet watching all his videos after seeing this! Another a highlight being his song Susie.
Check out Josh Record’s new single, For Your Love, is available now. Listen below…