D’ANGELO: Voodoo (EMI)
I had a love of music from my dad but this was the first time I discovered something independently.
I loved the rawness of this album and it feels like a journey.
AMY WINEHOUSE: Frank (Universal/Island)
When I was in London doing showcases, my manager said I needed to hear this girl who sits and plays guitar.
Frank was so fresh: elements from jazz but with her incredible voice and lyrical content.
JONI MITCHELL: Blue (Reprise)
I take sleeper trains from Glasgow and London and remember playing this on repeat.
The music is really a backdrop for her poetry, sweet but painful. Hearing songs with a unique structure, you get engrossed in her world. Great road trip music.
LAURYN HILL: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
My friend and I both discovered her and we’d go into school saying, “Have you heard this track?”
This takes elements from doo-wop and Motown and fuses them with reggae and hip-hop. It’s a perfect blend.
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: Legend (Universal/Island)
These songs make you feel amazing and I love the live recordings.
My dad would always mention Marley alongside Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela so I had him up there as more than a musician.
JIMI HENDRIX: Live At Fillmore East (Universal/Island)
I recently found this. We’ve got to a point in the music industry where everything is so organised that hearing someone who is a legend improvising is wonderful.
His playing is electric.