Fusing elements of emo and trap with alt-pop sensibilities, Swedish artist Boy Destroy gave us the first glimpse into his beautifully raw and vulnerable universe through his recent single, “Warpaint.”

Inspired by artists including My Chemical Romance, Jeff Buckley, and Joji, Boy Destroy hit us up with a “virtual” mixtape of his favourite songs—so get reading and streaming below! Check out his choices, and why he picked them.

1. Placebo – “Special Needs” (Taken from Sleeping With Ghosts, Virgin Records, April 2003)

“The music video is still one of the most erotic things I have ever seen.”

2. bülow – “Sweet Little Lies” (Taken from Crystalline, Wax, April 2019)

“This song sounds like murder and sex, I think.”

3. Radiohead – “Reckoner” (Taken from Rainbows, XL, October 2007)

“The song that got me into Radiohead some years back. This entire album is something else.”

4. Jeff Buckley – “Dream Brother” (Taken from Grace, Columbia Records, August 1994)

“If you know the story about him and his father the lyrics really hit hard. A song about longing and loss.”

5. Surf Mesa, Gus Daperton – “Somewhere”

“The outro, when Gus Dapperton goes down an octave and talk-sings the chorus. Wow.”

6. Portishead – “Sour Times” (Taken from Dummy, Go Beat! Records, August 1994)

“Nothing sounds like this. It’s a world of it’s own.”

7. Smashing Pumpkins – “1979” (Taken from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Virgin Records, October 2004)

“I’ve got so many memories connected to this song. Stealing cigarettes and smoking them behind the school I went to. Trying to learn the riff on guitar when I was thirteen.”

8. Lil Peep – “Life Is Beautiful” (Taken from Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt 2, Columbia Records, November 2019)

“This song works in two ways because it’s both comforting and depressing.”

9. Joji – “Ew” (Taken from Nectar, 88 Rising, September 2020)

“I think this whole album really evolves the soundscape Joji has built up over these last few years.”

10. Black Sabbath – “Changes” (Taken from Vol.4, Vertigo, September 1972)

“In my opinion, this is Ozzy’s best vocal performance. No contest.”

Artwork for ‘Warpaint’ by Boy Destroy

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.