The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes for the week from Janet Jackson, Tommy KD, Miguel, NuYorican Soul, Naive Ted, Robyn, Lupe Fiasco, Robert Glasper, The Walking Who and others
Tommy KD “Satan’s Government” (Anam)
The return of the streetwise one. Tommy KD takes aim at the we-are-where-we-are economic mantra with killer beats from Hazo to underpin the polemic
Naive Ted “The Inevitable Heel Turn” (Self release)
Long in the works album of heavyweight beats which smack you around the chops and make you stand up straight before capsizing you all over again. Album gets a launch at the Make A Move festival on Thursday at The Blind Pig in Limerick.
Lupe Fiasco “Kick, Push” (Atlantic)
2006 debut single which still sounds mighty fine especially on these long summer days.
Janet Jackson “No Sleeep” (YouTube)
The return of the Jackson lass. A dreamy, hazy, steamy nugget aided and abetted by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis from her forthcoming album
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique “Love Is Free” (Konichiwa)
First out-take from the new project from Robyn and keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt with inputs from the late producer Christian Falk gets off to a banging start aiming straight for the middle of the dancefloor.
Various “Sounds of the Universe: Art+ Sound 2012-15” (Soul Jazz)
Boss collection of tracks released by the London record shop and label on their Art + Sound series over the last few years. A chance to hear the handiwork of such next-generation electronic music masters at work as Kassem Mosse, Heatsick, Ras G, Tevo Howard (“Summer Romance” below) and others.
Robert Glasper “Covered” (Blue Note)
Superstar pianist Glasper takes a break from joining the dots between jazz, r’n'n, hip-hop and electronica to join old pals Vicente Archer (bass) and Damion Reid (drums) for a live set of smart, graceful, fluid, colourful tracks at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
The Walking Who “My Future Wife” (Self release)
Featured as a new music selection the other day, but this tune from the Aussie psych seers is one heck of an ear-worm
Miguel “Wildheart” (RCA)
It’s turning out to be a good season for r’n'b adventurers. Miguel’s third album is full of idiosyncratic, striking statements, trademark soulful purring and some super-scaled, low-slung funk.
NuYorican Soul “NuYorican Soul” (Talkin’ Loud)
Our go-to album when the sun comes out as Masters At Work Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez and ‘Little’ Louie Vega showed off their old-school chops with an all-star cast including Jocelyn Brown, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Roy Ayers, Hilton Ruiz, India and Vincent Montana Jr.