JP Cooper goes record shopping in Singapore

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Text: Adibah Isa

Video: Justin Chen

Singer-songwriter JP Cooper shows us his choice records on his first visit to Singapore

JP Cooper's the love child between Jason Mraz and James Bay — or so we'd like to think. One look at him and you'll be quick to categorise him into the folk-y, indie singer-songwriter category, but his debut full-length album, Raised Under Grey Skies, will open your ears to more. Released last October, it includes 'September Song', the upbeat, sing-a-long number the world knows him by, as well as soul-filled tracks that betray his gospel roots such as 'All This Love'.

Growing up in Manchester in the '90s on a healthy diet of Oasis and Michael Jackson, the 34-year-old would go around record store Vinyl Exchange to discover artists such as Donny Hathaway and Björk. Although he played in rock bands (one's called Baz Gets Bullied), Cooper also sang in a gospel choir.

Raised Under Grey Skies features honest-to-goodness autobiographical lyrics, a skilled he honed during his early interest in creative writing. While playing music and writing songs, the self-taught musician also took odd jobs in cafes and bars, and even worked in a Pizza Hut once. Now, he's since collaborated with the likes of Jonas Blue, Stormzy and Craig David, his varied musical style earning him praise. One of his songs, 'Birthday', was even featured in a scene in Fifty Shades Freed. Given his musical beginnings, we ditched a regular interview format and took him to Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee to have him sift through records. Watch the video above for his recommendations.

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Special thanks to Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee for location. Check out the cafe and record store at 451 Joo Chiat Rd.

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