Alxndr London is a unique, soulful, and visionary talent. Each melodic utterance flows with gilded, honeyed suavity and his songs exude a resplendent, powerful aura. Last month the London artist released his fourth mixtape IV MERIN, a strikingly eclectic and enigmatic collection of tracks that capture London’s richly textured, poignant sonic essence. Ahead of his show at The Jazz Café next Wednesday we caught up with Alxndr London to find out about five tracks that have influenced and inspired him.

His latest single, ‘Talking Drum’, and the accompanying visuals hold a place as one of the most stirringly potent audio-visual creations to have graced us of late. The kind of artistry that sends chills through your very being, the short film accompaniment, directed by Almass Badat, is London’s first-ever visual and it sure is impactful.

Ahead of his show at The Jazz Café next week, with vōx and NVN supporting, get to know the visionary Alxndr London In Five…

To Zion – Lauryn Hill

One of my fav songs by one of my fav artists. Miss Hill wrote this song for her first son and child, Zion. The conflict around her pregnancy and the blessings she found in her child after the birth.

In My Bed (Bugz In The Attic Vocal Mix) – Amy Winehouse, Bugz In The Attic

So I discovered Bugz in the Attic when I was a teenager, living my best Funky House life. It was always good vibes when this song came on. Straight banger. RIP Amy Winehouse.

Just Friends (Sunny) – Musiq Soulchild

Big tune forever and ever! I love neo soul and the influence it is had on me is undeniable. This song makes me smile.

Booty La La – Bugz in the Attic featuring Mpho

Another one from Bugz in the Attic.  I love how weird and creepy and cute the video is at the same time lol. Also, I appreciate Mpho’s journey from South Africa to south London. Love to the diaspora.

Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

When are songs about pain and broken hearts not relatable? Sometimes we can’t find balance. Someone gets hurt and ta da, an amazing song is created.

Alxndr London plays The Jazz Café September 11th, tickets here.

Photo credit: Roberto Brundo