1) Missing Persons – Spring Session M… early 80’s new wave with crazy complicated grooves and patterns. Terry Bozzio on drums and his wife Dale on vocals. Legit.
2) Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience… No live drums on this one, but the programming is endlessly interesting and inspiring. The grooves are just infectious, and the liner notes attribute all vocal production to JT himself, which was a pleasant surprise to discover.
4) Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart… Matt Chamberlain shared the drum chair with Victor Indrizzo on this record, but it’s one of those situations where I don’t know officially who played on which track. Either way the performances rule, and Sara’s songwriting and vocals are equally compelling.
5) James Blake – Overgrown… I’m on a huge James Blake kick right now. His new record, released last week, is STUNNING. British electro-pop for the win.