Jeremy Sherlock is the Commissioning Editor for Non-Fiction at Penguin. He approached me to write On Song. Here are five albums he’s loving right now…
1 – John Talabot, ƒin: I discovered Talabot, a Spanish producer, through a remix he did of Delorean’s Seasun a few years ago. This is dance music with heart and musical chops – such subtle, soft touches, and deceptively clever. So Will Be Now is a contender for track of 2012.
2 – Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan: this album’s awesomeness is already well documented. For me, it’s still edged out by Bitte Orca, but what a killer duo of records – I’ll not tire of either. The best sum-up I’ve heard: “The Dirty Projectors experiment with accessibility”. Agreed. Actually, Swing Lo Magellan might be the track of 2012.
3 – Charles Mingus, Mingus Plays Piano: as a composer/arranger, Mingus is almost without peer; for sheer originality, if nothing else. Mingus Plays Piano distils his musical bravura into a stark, sophisticated and unnerving masterpiece.
4 – Nicolas Jaar, Space is Only Noise: I have to admit, some of this album is drivel, but what remains is pure genius. It (and much of his remix/mixtape work) has been on constant rotate for nigh on two years.
5 – Iggy & The Stooges, Raw Power: I recently had to travel to Gisborne and seem to thrash this one, loudly, on practically every road-trip I take. Unbridled energy – much like my driving.