Griffin Oskar has released his debut EP, Hostage along with the single and title track of the same name. Listen HERE. Even before its official release, “Hostage” has once already become an international hit. Last year, the popular Danrell remix of the demo version of “Hostage” racked up a staggering 6 million-plus Soundcloud plays, and an unofficial Spotify upload generated over 7.2 million streams, placing the remix at #1 on the US Viral and Global Viral Charts. After one listen, Republic Records tracked down Griffin and signed him within the same day. In addition to the undeniable “Hostage,” the EP includes the piano-driven hum and gospel-style chant of “Bulletproof” as well as the upbeat swagger of “Head Above Water.” Check out the full tracklisting below.
At 21-years-old, Griffin Oskar packed his bags, grabbed his guitar, and moved from Portland to Los Angeles where he wrote a song called "Hostage,” which he uploaded to Soundcloud under the pseudonym Småland (a small village in Sweden where his dad is from). Soon after, a Swedish producer, Danrell heard the song and reached out to do a remix. The remix became an unstoppable online smash and brought Oskar into the spotlight where he’s bound to stay.
Hostage EP Tracklisting:
02. “Never Loved Me”
03. “Head Above Water”