It’s been a massive couple of years for James Vincent McMorrow. In 2016 he released the critically acclaimed and fan adored album, We Move­ – featuring huge singles like ‘Rising Water’ and ‘Get Low’. He toured the world off the back of the record, playing Splendour in the Grass, European and US tours, and then in early 2017 a national Australian tour – including shows at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Recital Hall.

Then in May this year he surprised everyone and released his second album in in less than a year – the sprawling True Care. The soulful lead, self-titled single quickly reminded us that JVM is a constantly evolving artist, while the rest of the 14 tracks explored the depths of his creativity.

Now McMorrow is poised to once again return to Australia for a national tour, including opening for UK heavyweights London Grammar in Brisbane, and three, rare, intimate club shows in Sydney and Melbourne. These smaller shows will see James play two sets – the first set will be around 45 minutes and will be his band playing True Care from start to finish. After an intermission they’ll then be performing a second set of songs from his three previous albums, including stand outs from We Move.

For a man that’s spent so much of his life lately immersed in music, we thought it would be perfect timing to ask James to put together a list of the big tracks in his life right now that he’s drawing inspiration from as he’s constantly writing and performing.

Check the below for some classic and contemporary jams that make up the music James Vincent McMorrow’s life right now.

King Krule – ‘Czech One’

Potsu – ‘Breakfast’

Frank Ocean – ‘Provider’

Allan Rayman – ‘Sweetheart’ (unplugged at CBC)

Four Tet – ‘SW9 9SL’

Talking Heads – ‘Psycho Killer’

Peter Abdul – ‘Don’t You Know’

Waxahatchee – ‘Recite Remorse’

Mac De Marco – ‘On the Level’

Selena Gomez – ‘Bar Liar’

Listen to the playlist via Spotify here.


Sat 23 Sept – Riverstage, Brisbane (Supporting London Grammar)

Mon 25 Sept – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Wed 27 Sept – Factory Theatre, Sydney – SOLD OUT

Thu 28 Sept – Factory Theatre, Sydney

Sat 30 Sept – Spark Arena, Auckland (Supporting London Grammar)

Tickets here