The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks for the weekend from Fierce Mild, Jamie xx, Delta Rae, Lolingo, Sufjan Stevens, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, Downtown Boys and others
Fierce Mild “Yes n Yes n Yes EP” (Little Gem)
The finest new act in the big smoke come roaring out of the traps with their debut EP. For fans of uptown post-punk rackets, downtown funk grooving, righteous rebel yells about feminism and other isms and big smiley riot grrrl pop. Released on Little Gem, the label from the shop of the same name at the top of Dublin’s O’Connell Street
The Lotus Eaters “First Picture of You” (Arista)
A shimmer of summer coming off this distinctive blast from the past
Nicolas Jaar “Nymphs II” (Other People)
Magical murmerings and transmissions from the far side on Jaar’s first solo release in a few years and post his Darkside dalliances
Charlie Sexton “Beat’s So Lonely” (MCA)
As prompted by a great piece in a recent issue of Oxford Southern
Jamie XX “In Colour” (XL)
Forthcoming debut solo album from The xx’s producer and vital cog is a quiet storm of dynamic verve, ghostly atmospherics and great drags of sound all wrapped in a fiercely warm-hearted fug of remembrance for a rave past. “Girl” from the album below
Delta Rae “Scared” (Sire)
Really strong, radio-friendly, soulful pop ear-worm from the North Carolina band’s second album “After It All”
Downtown Boys “Monstro” (Don Giovanni)
Thrashtastic punk rock wig-out (complete with a saxaphone) from Providence, Rhode Island challenging every darn ism you have to offer them.
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear “Skeleton Crew” (Nonesuch)
Son and mother duo slaying y’all with raw and full-bodied country, folk, blues, gospel and r’n’b, all delivered with the son’s tough, gritty vocals and sweetened by the mother’s gentle riffs and harmonies. Album streaming in full here.
Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty)
There’s a place in our top 10 albums for 2015 reserved for this remarkable set of sparse, elegant, intimate and heartfelt Sufjan gems about life and death.
Lolingo “New Cross Gate” (Boxed)