David Wrench is one of the most in-demand mix engineers in the business and this year his skills can be heard on Arlo Parks' Collapsed In Sunbeams, Courtney Barnett's Things Take Time, Take Time, Mustafa's When Smoke Rises, and Manic Street Preachers' The Ultra Vivid Lament, just to name four. He's also one half of duo audiobooks, alongside Evangeline Ling, who released their fantastic second album, Astro Tuff, back in October. Like their 2018 debut, it's a near-indescribable mix of prog, synthpop, dub, rock, post-punk, techno and more, with Ling's all-in vocal performance at the heart of it. It's one of this writer's favorite albums of the year (read our review) and you can check it out below.
We've been posting year-end lists from artists and here's audiobooks' "Most Listened-to Tracks of 2021," which includes songs new and old, familiar and obscure. "Here’s a list of the most played tracks in the Audiobooks tour bus this year," says David. "It’s been great to finally get back out and play shows again. Travelling in the van for hours can be tedious, but is livened up by good music and the joy at finding a good motorway service station." David provides commentary for all 10 and you can listen in playlist form below.