Five Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now

Globe-trotting picks in one of our most eclectic Five Albums yet.

By Mersenne

Every week, titans of the mediasphere give Nerve their music recommendations. This week: Mersenne of Undomondo. Mersenne is a music collector and writer from Istanbul — aside from editorial duties at Undomondo, he is a booker and musical coordinator for MiniMuzikhol, and a DJ at


1. ADR, Solitary Pursuits 

The U.K. label Ghost Box focuses on a style of nostalgic electronica called hauntology; their output is one of my biggest joys in life. But now they've got a competitor called Public Information, founded by members of Warp and the British Library Sound Archive. Public Information's debut release is this album by Aaron David Ross (ADR), which hauntology fans will love. If you liked The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, be sure to check out Solitary Pursuits. (If you missed An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, you're poorer for it.)

Listen: "Codex"



2. Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Mercato  

It's a rare occasion, but sometimes, white people can come up with a progressive take on ethnic music. Imperial Tiger Orchestra, a talented group from Switzerland, has taken the classic '70s sound of Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed and made it their own. Their debut album, Mercato, reinterprets the golden age of Ethiopian music with flair. On "Shinet," they warp a traditional wedding song into a busy, rhythmic stomper. (As a bonus, head over to Likembe — one of the best sources for African music on the internet — and check out how Ethiopia's Tadesse Alemu has modernized the same song.)

Listen: "Shinet"



3. Jacuzzi Boys, Glazin’ 

Having risked coming off as some kind of boring world-music buff, I will now risk coming off as a hipster. But the truth is, I just love lo-fi garage-rock bands as much as I love international flavor. Last year my garage-rock favorites were Thee Oh Sees and Nerve City, and this summer it was Florida's Jacuzzi Boys and their album Glazin'. Compared to some of my daily music diet, this is simplistic — it's basically three-chord rock and roll. But it's full of carefree energy — it makes you feel like a rebel, a king, and eighteen again.

Listen: "Los Angeles"



4. Cyril Diaz Orchestra, Voodoo 10''

Cyril Diaz is a calypso/merengue stalwart from Trinidad whose music dates back to the '50s. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find anything by him, but this reissued compilation from Soundway has four tracks that are totally sublime.

Listen: "Voodoo"



5. Stag Hare, Spirit Canoes 

I'm a huge fan of Utah’s Stag Hare (a.k.a. Garrick Biggs). His trademark mixture of meditative synth drones and repetitive, primitive percussion blisses me out in a way that not a lot of music can. Songs past the three-minute mark usually bore me. But Stag Hare’s longer works, frequently surpassing past ten minutes, really put you in a different state of mind — a place you can't get to by any other means.

Listen: "Asha Moon Canoes"


Commentarium (14 Comments)

Oct 05 11 - 12:37am

Bam. I don't recognize a single group here, but I can tell that this is going to be awesome to listen to.

Oct 05 11 - 1:23am

I loved Cyril Diaz Orchestra. And I just saw the Jacuzzi boys, they were total BA

Oct 05 11 - 11:01am
Alex Heigl

Cyrial Diaz + 1. That song is mesmerizing.

Oct 05 11 - 10:28am

love stag hare. great work music. entrancing but not distracting.

Oct 05 11 - 12:40pm

Cyril Diaz ftw. Shame it's impossible to get our hands on.

Oct 05 11 - 2:03pm

Mersenne shoots, everyone watchin!

Oct 05 11 - 5:58pm
Pok Noo

Dude really does make a LOT of sense man, I mean like seriously.

Oct 08 11 - 11:28pm

in which ways? please explain.

Is this your comment to all threads so you can spam places?

Oct 05 11 - 10:23pm

I think this is my favorite Five Albums since the hiphop one. I just don't know how to dance to these.

Oct 06 11 - 12:21pm

Cyril Diaz Orchestra was great

Oct 06 11 - 10:07pm

Niiiiice mix, Mersenne. It flows, rushes, rises and chills perfectly in sync with my neurorhythms as well as the Yankees/Tigers game 5. Though now, at the end of "Asha Moon Canoes" it's making me need to pee. So I guess it's back to "flows."

Oct 07 11 - 3:53pm

good mix, especially the Cyril Diaz!

Oct 08 11 - 12:59pm

I think that ADR guy works in Williamsburg at that electronics shop in that minimall - he looks so familiar!

Oct 09 11 - 1:36am

it's great meeting stag hare, thank you so much M.