The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes from Art Farmer, Samantha Urbani, Maribou State, Not Squares, YBU, Marlena Shaw, Jamie XX and others
Marlena Shaw “California Soul” (Capitol)
The sound you hear that lingers in your ear
Jamie xx “Loud Places” (Young Turks)
The xx and loud places may seem like a contradiction in terms. This track from the band’s Jamie Smith’s forthcoming solo album “In Colour” sees him collaborating with singer Romy Madley-Croft on a track which is sensual, bittersweet and unexpectedly bright around the edges.
Art Farmer Septet “Mau Mau” (Prestige)
Electrifying kick-ass slinker from the 1954 album as Art Farmer’s crew go to town on the Quincy Jones co-penned thumper.
Samantha Urbani “1 2 3 4″ (Soundcloud)
Walking on sunshine pop from the former Friends’ lead-woman. Track recorded, per herself, “on the MetroNorth train from New Haven to Grand Central, in Dev’s (Hynes) old East Village apartment, in Samantha’s secret hermit home, in Matt’s (Molnar) Bushwick shred palace, and in Sam’s (Mehran) Hollywood dungeon studio.”
Maribou State “Rituals” (Counter)
From Chris Davids’ and Liam Ivory’s forthcoming debut album “Portraits”, “Rituals” is a mesmerising, atmpospheric rush of blissed out good vibes
Not Squares “Bolts” (Strange Brew)
Second album from the Norhern Irish band sees them honing their ferocious sound into something very distinctive and punchy with pop and electronics to the fore. “Simpler Vibe” from the album below
Roots Manuva “Facety 2:11″ (Big Dada)
Four Tet gives Rodney Smith a production dig-out to come up trumps with a magnificently maverick and feisty heavyweight winner.
Jurassic 5 “What’s Golden” (Interscope)
A reminder of what a gem this old-school jam from the J5 crew is
YBU “Soul Magic” (SSR)
It was a week for magnificent sunsets in the capital and this early 1990s’ beaut was the go-to soundtrack for many of those sundown moments.
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force “Yermande” (Ndagga)
Rhythm & Sound’s Mark Ernestus goes tribal with Senegalese mbalax coming on strong in his new single “Yermande”. Serious bass to make your speakers quake.