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Sailor & I selects his top ten tracks with female singers including music from Bjork, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush


SWEDISH singer, producer and instrumentalist Sailor & I is looking forward to being back performing live worldwide to audiences at key clubs and festivals this summer.

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The multi-faceted artist has worked and performed alongside some of the industry’s finest names including Paul Woolford, DJ Tennis and M83 and has released an album and singles on Skint, Life and Death and Black Butter. Big remixes have ensued from the likes of AME and Maceo Plex.

He’s set to unveil his ‘Diving For Lost Treasure’ album in the summer which will include some contributions from some of electronic music’s finest names. Currently, he’s been sharing some insights to his creative processes live on his Twitch channel. The latest singe from the album, Call To Arms, is out now.

We caught up with Sailor & I and below you can listen to his top ten favourite tracks featuring female singers and read what he has to say about the music.

Anne Clark – Sleeper In Metropolis

“Sleeper in Metropolis has synths, drum machines and echoes from the late 70’s all over the track. When I hear this song I wish I could travel back in time (before I was born) to visit Berlin in the early eighties, attending a forbidden concert in the old DDR. “

This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren

“How good is this song? First time I heard it I fell in love with it. This Mortal Coil was a collective name for a number of artists on the 4AD label, with Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins performing the song.”

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Debbie Deb – Lookout Weekend

“Lookout Weekend could have been a track sampled by either French artists Daft Punk or Justice. If I would guess I think the song D.A.N.C.E. from Justice is heavily inspired by this song. What makes this song stand out is the über cool and catchy vocals combined with a simple synth hook and the early 80’s drum machine groove.”

Cocteau Twins – Lorelei

“Elizabeth Fraser, again! Yes, her voice could even make a grumpy old man cry. I’ve been a fan of Cocteau Twins for as long as I can remember and I still today I can’t find a band creating the feeling of you’re being trapped into a dream like Cocteau Twins. This is one of my favourite songs of theirs.”

Kate Bush – This Womens Work

“If I could live anywhere in the world I’ve chosen the sound world of Kate Bush. There’s few people I adore as much as Kate Bush. This song is about a man’s perspective of becoming a father at a young age and therefore being forced to grow up. Beside being a musical masterpiece on it’s own, it also speaks to me because I became a father at a young age.”

Björk – Come To Me

“I couldn’t say which Björk song is my favourite, but one that I love and think a lot of people might not have heard is ’Come To Me’. When Björk sings Come to me, I’ll take care of you..”, I think of a snake trying to persuade a mouse to go out for dinner.”

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now (Orchestra Version)

“In 2000, Joni Mitchell released an album with orchestral versions of previous released songs by herself. It’s named after her song ‘Both sides now’. The entire album is amazing and it’s such an experience hearing her singing the songs she wrote while she was a young woman – now obviously with much more life experience and new perspectives – which gives the song an extra level of depth.”

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Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon

“I can’t make a playlist without one of my favourite singers Stevie Knicks of Fleetwood Mac. ‘Rhiannon’ is taken from their “Fleetwood Mac” album that was released in 1975.”

Nico – These Days

“Nice started her career as a model, acted in movies by Federico Fellini and sang four songs in Andy Warhol’s musical project The Velvet Underground. One of her most known songs is probably ‘These days’, originally written and performed by American singer-songwriter Jackson Brown.”

Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth

“This Bitter Earth, originally released in 1960. This version is a mash-up with Max Richter’s beautiul song ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ and was used in Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Shutter Island’.”





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