The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes from Courtney Barnett, Kendrick Lamar, Songhoy Blues, Booka Brass Band, Malcolm McLaren, Beck, Anderson Paak and others
Courtney Barnett “Pedestrian At Best” (Mom + Pop)
From the Australian marvel’s forthcoming “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” album, “Pedestrian At Best” sounds like all your fave indie riffs rolled into one unstoppable monster. Playing Whelan’s, Dublin on April 4.
Kendrick Lamar “The Blacker The Berry” (Top Dawg)
Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up to the “good kid, m.A.A.d city” album is shaping up to be a humdinger with considerable heft, going on the serious statement made by the rapper this week with “The Blacker the Berry”. A dark, magnetic clarion call about anger and disillusionment.
Songhoy Blues “Music In Exile” (Transgressive)
Thrillingly vital desert blues blend with echoes and whispers of dusty ancient rhythms from the troop of very talented Songhoy youths living in Bamako, as produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner.
Double 99 “RIPGroove” (Satellite)
That wobbly bassline still underpins one hell of a prime cut
Anderson Paak “Venice” (Steel Wool/OBE)
Serious production ideas and chops on show here as Anderson Paak shuffles his way from future funk and r’n'b to hip-hop and house.
Beck “Morning Phase” (Geffen)
We give the Grammy dudes a plus one and a high five. The perfect hit for those mornings when spring tentatively begins to take over from winter. Deep, contemplative, slow-burning magnificence.
Malcolm McLaren “Duck Rock” (Charisma)
The 1983 album where the shameless rascal and bucaneer demonstrated just how far he was ahead of the pack when it came to mixing and matching styles and cultures. Hip-hop by way of Johannesburg jive, Mexican Mariachi and hillbilly jiggery-pokery.
Booka Brass Band “Crazy In Love” (Self release)
Hannah Grace joins the Dublin brass bunch to give the Beyonce classic a new lick of paint. The band’s four track EP is out now and they tour Ireland in March.
John Carpenter “Lost Themes” (Sacred Bones)
Sinister, creeping scores and soundscapes full of intrigue and experimentation. Now all the legendary composer needs is a film to go with these sounds.