Ólafur Arnalds

Neoclassical big cheese ÓlAfur Arnalds, shares the first and last records he bought and the one he reaches for in an emergency


‘All Eyez On Me’
(Death Row/Interscope, 1996)

“I’m pretty sure that this was the first record I bought with my own money. If it wasn’t this one, it would have been the one before, ‘Me Against The World’, but Tupac Shakur was my first purchase. I remember listening to his album for the whole summer on a boombox that I stole from my older brother.”


Lund Quartet
‘Lund Quartet’
(Lund, 2013)

“A guy at the record store recommended this to me. When he told me it was a modern jazz band with a DJ I thought, ‘That just can’t be good…’, but I bought it and actually it’s fantastic! They were from Bristol and this seems to be their only album.”


Talk Talk
‘New Grass’
(Polydor, 1991)

“It’s 10 minutes long and forms the centrepiece of their fifth and final album, ‘Laughing Stock’. I have this routine whenever I have an exceptionally long or stressful day, I put this on when I get home. There is some comfort in it and at the same time reminds me of the bold choices artists have to make sometimes.”

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