While preparing to move away i’ve been stressing about what to pack. My mum is going to top herself if she hears “will 20 razors be enough to control my leg hair for that long though”, or “how long will 4 jars of peanut butter last me?” one more time. The one thing I have completely sorted are my desert island discs. For the first month i’m going to be spending a lot of time prepping the boats before we sail across the Agean sea to the Sporades, so I definitely need some incredible albums to help me through the long work hours. So, here’s the albums that I cannot stop listening to.
Matt Corby: Telluric
This is an immaculate blend of gospel inspired bluesy vocals and stunning musicianship. This guys voice is a fucking joke. The only way to describe this album is that you and your mates are drinking smooth whiskey, bobbing around in a flower filled lagoon on a balmy day in remote Australia. Pop knife edge on for a groovy taster.
If you like: Jeff Buckley, James Blake.
Van Morrison: Blowin’ your mind!
Finding out that I was into Van Morrison was sort of like finding out I could play the trumpet. Confusing but at really god damn enjoyable. If you assumed Van Morrison was a removal service like I did, listen to T.B Sheets (like I have consistently for the past month) and you’ll come to realise you were totally out of the loop because Van Morrison is the perfect road trip record and now all you want to do is hop in the car and go on an adventure.
If you like: Bob Dylan, and VAN MORRISON YOU IDIOT! HE’S AN ICON HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW THIS?
Lianne La Havas; Blood.
I was captivated by Lianne La Havas when I saw her on …Later with Jules Holland in 2011. Ever sine then i’ve loved her. Her new album Blood is a gorgeously jazzy, neo-soul take on pop. I just love her voice, she has aching vibrato and ridiculous range and her songs are immediate, which is why every time I turn this album I have to immediately lie in the bath and drink coffee. Listen to Midnight for a taster.
If you like: Jessie Ware, Ben Howard.
If you find yourself doing the cheeky “new bands” goog with no joy. Put some headphones on, lie in bed and give these a listen because they’re a fuckin’ treat.