BEST NEW ARTIST: GRIFFIN OSKAR
Starting off under the pseudonym Småland, Griffin Oskar took the internet by storm with a demo turned remix turned viral sensation. Before he even had any music mixed and mastered he had an EP deal signed, sealed, delivered (I’m yours) to Republic Records. Fortunately in the meantime he shed his nom de plume and took his birth name (at least I hope) instead. Unlike Nicky Murphy (fka Chet Faker) with whom Griffin shares many of the same the somber dark pop sensibilities… who waited until he was already famous to change his name. Griffin Oskar stands loud and proud out of the gate, something we can all get behind considering he’s wearing his heart on his sleeve for us all to see.
GRIFFIN OSKAR - BULLETPROOF
Even though Hostage is the name of the EP and the single to which Griffin must feel indebted, it is "Bulletproof" that is the standout track on this little four song EP. Its catchy sadness is a battle cry to all broken hearted sensitive young lads between the ages of 17-34 and the ladies who are out there looking for them. This is the song you play over and over and over and over again right before you meet the love of your life.
GRIFFIN OSKAR - HOSTAGE
While the Danrell remix of this track has already racked up millions of listens on the internet thanks to Mr Suicide Sheep, now we can hear the original version as Griffin truly intended. It’s strange to hear a remix de-remixed down to its original core. The internet is a weird backwards place where you can fulfill any strange kick that you have. Well my strange kick is to listen to a remix first and then hear the original and have it just be as impressive. Lucky me!
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