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Pillars Of Childhood: Lafawndah's Favourite Music
Tara Joshi , April 29th, 2021 09:03

In this week's Baker's Dozen, Lafawndah picks the thirteen pieces of music that made her "want to say things," from Schubert to Busta Rhymes via Midori Takada and Lady Saw


Ace Of Base - Happy Nation

I mean, they sound so fucking weird! A lot of the time, with the stuff I like or the stuff I make, people will be like “it’s really dark” – and I’d always be surprised and kind of upset, because dark is one-sided, and I never thought of my music as dark. But maybe some kind of anxiety does seep through, and to me Ace Of Base have a bit of this. It doesn’t just feel good as a pop song, I was a kid when I heard this and it was the first record that made me dance. I would lead all this dance choreography in the schoolyard, and it was always to Ace of Base. When I listen back, it never really settles – there’s a tension in the music, always. It’s not like a lollipop, which you’d think would be the kind of music you’d be into at that age. Instead it has a little twist that’s not all the way comfortable. I like how they place their rhythms and lyrics, and there’s something in their songs that keeps you on the edge always, and that’s stayed with me.