From the Beastie Boys to Bill Evans, Swedish electro-pop artist Alexander Sjödin talks us through his all-time favourites.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
Beastie Boys – Paul Boutique. When I was seven years old I watched the cool teenagers from my backyard when they drove by my house on their way to the skatepark. One day they stopped outside and asked me if I wanted to join them and my parents let them take me with them. They introduced me to hip-hop music and later that year this album came out and I forced my parents to buy it for me.
The first time you remember hearing electronic music?
Blade Runner. I had a broken VHS with that film stuck in the machine, so I watched it probably 100 times one summer. What I didn’t know back then was that that particular soundtrack and Vangelis would be a huge inspiration for me.
Your favourite ever record?
Impossible to say, but if I must pick one I would say Bill Evans‘ ‘Peace Piece’.
The guaranteed floor-filler?
Chelsea Wolfe – ‘The Warden (Maceo Plex Remix)’. I love this track. When I extend my live sets and turn it into a DJ set it’s hard to not play that track.
The best chillout record?
Luis Bacalov – ‘Il Postino (Titoli)’, the main theme from the Italian movie Il Postino. I cried the first time I heard it and I can recommend everyone to see the beautiful film too.
The best record for a family party?
Daft Punk – Discovery. We love that record and is always a good one for creating a happy atmosphere.
The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden. It’s probably one of my favourite albums. It’s the fourth album by the band, and the result of many hours of improved recordings.
The record you’re proudest of?
That’s a hard question. I never feel proud of my achievements. Once something is done it’s done and I move on to the next thing. If I have to say one track it’s probably ‘Tough Love’, as I would never have guessed that so many people with different musical backgrounds would be loving this song. Even now five years later it’s played in television shows, movies and on dance floors all over the world.