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ESKOBAR’S DANIEL BELLQVIST REVEALS HIS FANTASY ALBUM TRACKLISTING

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION.

The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1,2,3 etc from 10 different albums

This month’s Fantasy Album is curated by Eskobar front man Daniel Bellqvist . Eskobar have been together for over 25 years as a band and the Swedish trio have released half a dozen albums to date. They have been nominated for a Grammy for ‘ song of the year’ For ‘Someone New‘ with Heather Nova and have toured the world and played to 150, 000 people under the Eiffel Tower . This summer Eskobar are set to release their latest album ‘Chapter 2‘ ; their first new album since 2016. The new material is a call back to 90’s Brit-pop and we can not wait to hear it.

1. The Sandpipers – Let Go

This cover by the Sandpipers is outstanding. First of all I’ve loved the song in the Astrud Gilberto version for many years before I discovered this version and this one’s so haunting and amazing in the verse and then goes into some 60’s gameshow sound in the chorus. Brilliant and übercool imo.”

2. The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

The sound and production on this one is amazing with the cracked raw guitar and the shaker bells. I’m also a massive fan of dogs so this one makes me happy just hearing the word. Energizing and menacing. Fantastic.

3. Organized Konfusion – The Extinction Agenda

Pharaoh Monch is my favourite rapper of all time and his verse in this one(second verse) is one of my favorite rap verses ever. I also like the dark jazz production and this track was played to ”extinction” by me in the 90’s.”

4. The Doors – Peace Frog

This track has the original ”indie” groove in my opinion (in the mid-8) and I actually discovered that part sampled or replicated by 3rd Bass on their track The Cactus before I ever heard it by The Doors. I love the whole track but that part is one of the best parts of music ever recorded imo. Beyond cool.”

5. Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe – Aguanile

This fantastic salsa track is one I used to play when I DJ’d in bars. The rhythms and the straight forward vocal note wise is hypnotizing imo. Absolute killer.”

6. Stina Nordenstam – Little Star

This haunting song and production by Swedish artist Stina Nordenstam is an old favourite of mine in the ”quiet” category. I also love how she pronounces the lyrics. This has a distinct cold nordic melancholy. “

7. Peps Persson – Rotrock

This Swedish reggae legend has made so many good tracks and this is one is no exception. I love the groove and the bass of this one that just keeps going and going. I also used to listen to this one in our back yard with my friends when we skipped school to just hang out instead, so it has a special place in my heart.

8. Jaan Pehchan Ho – Mohammed Rafi

I’m addicted to the sound of distorted 60’s horns and this tune’s got ’em in spades. This one could easily fit into any soundtrack compiled by Quentin Tarantino. A big part of this song’s appeal for me is the ”video” taken from the Bollywood film Gumnaam. The way they look and move is absolutely crazy and I love it.”

9. House Of Love – In A Room

One of my all time fave indie tracks. Superb drive through the whole song that gets you going. I used to listen to it on repeat as I walked around the part of Stockholm called Södermalm every morning when I was hungover and anxiety ridden. It really helped getting me in a bit of a better mood.

10. Them – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Dylan’s fantastic song covered by Them led by Van Morrison’s cocky singing. I also recognize the intro sound as being sampled in some older hip-hop song that I can’t remember now. Anyway, love the roughness of Them.”

A beautifully eclectic Fantasy Album by Daniel and a lovely reminder of the greatest of The House of Love.

Eskobar are going to be releasing clips of some of their new material and are inviting fans to vote on tracks they would like to become future singles. So keep your eye out for that.

For further information on Eskobar’s latest releases or tour dates, please visit: http://eskobar.com/

In the meantime please enjoy their Grammy nominated 2001 single ‘Someone New’ (featuring Heather Nova).