The playlist – the tracks of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes to get you in the weekend mood from M.O., Adia Victoria, Ratatat, HamsandwicH, LunchMoney Lewis, Richard Rodney Bennett, Bishop Nehru and others
Adia Victoria “Stuck In the South”
Southern Gothic garage-rock blues with moody bite and elan from the Nashville newbie produced by Yo La Tengo aide Roger Moutenot
M.O. “Preach” (Operator)
Throwback pop with snap and sparkle
HamsandwicH “Stories from the Surface” (Route 109A)
There’s a really strong run of infectious earworms on the Kells’ band’s “Stories from the Surface”, especially “To Replicate”, “Broken (Start Over)”, “Satellite” and “All Worthwhile”. Interview with the band from The Ticket here and “Apollo” from the album below
LunchMoney Lewis “Bills” (Kemosabe)
Yep, the Irish Water bill has landed at LunchMoney’s gaff. The Miami dude has serious songwriting form (Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$”, Jessie J’s “Burnin’ Up” etc) and his debut single is a funky, infectious jam which sounds like a bona-fide smash hit.
Richard Rodney Bennett “Midwinter’s Army” (United Artists)
Now this is what we call a soundtrack. From the 1967 score to the Billion Dollar Brain and as subsequently sampled by DJ Premier for “Droop”
Vic Spencer “The Cost of Victory” (Self releaase)
Classy wordplay galore from the Chicago rapper on his new album
Bishop Nehru “You Stressin’” (Method)
Killer thriller from the Big Apple rapper with splendid production trunk action from Disclosure.
Hudson Mohawke “Very First Breath” (Warp)
This and other newbie “Ryderz” indicate that HudMo’s forthcoming “Lantern” album may well be worth wowing about. “Very First Breath” has French singer Irfane providing the guideropes on a striking bass-pop sweetener.
Ratatat “Cream on Chrome” (XL)
They’re back with a swinger of a track which builds up a fine head of steam with that bassline and those drums as it sashays towards the mirrorball
Typesun “The PL” (Root Elevation)
Hat-tip to Mary Nally for the reminder about this downlow gem