The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes for the bank holiday weekend from Seven Davis Jr, SiR, Michael Head, YG, Four Tet, Seinabo Sey, Dafnis Prieto Sextet and others
Joe “Thinkin’ About” (Text)
Sublime edit of Bobby McFerrin’s “Thinkin’ About Your Body” from the Hessle Audio and Hemlock producer
SiR “Crashing Down” (Fresh Selects)
Inglewood calling in the shape of singer-songwriter Darryl Farris, who previously worked with Jill Scott, Anita Baker and Robert Glasper, now working up a head of slo-mo, hazy, soulful steam with this beaut from soon-come album “Seven Sundays”.
YG “Twist My Fingaz” (Def Jam)
You may need to buy a jeep to appreciate this banger with its bumping G-funk Cali sounds courtesy of Terrace Martin, while YG calls it like he sees it. Cat’s still krazy.
Shining, giddy, throwback anthem from the French producer complete with some spine-tingling reach-for-the-sky vocals from the South African kids.
Michael Head “Magical World of the Strands” (Megaphone)
Glorious psych folk-pop from the one-time Pale Fountain and founder of Shack. “Something Like You” from the album below
Seven Davis Jr “Universes” (Ninja Tune)
Action-packed next-level dance music with killer funk and wonky electronics on the Californian dude’s swaggering debut album.
Vitamin “Giving It Up” (National Anthem)
Charming indie-pop from the Leeds’ newbies showing off more hooks than you’ll find at the World Cup Trout Fly Fishing Competition on Lough Mask this weekend.
Four Tet “Morning/Evening” (Text)
Eighth album from the revitalised Kieran Hebden may only have two tracks, but what tracks they are as the producer threads samples, beats and textures together for a pair of gorgeous, spine-tingling, shapely, emotional, moody stunners. Dude plays The Beatyard in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday.
Seinabo Sey “Pretend” (Universal Music)
Superbly crafted pop tune with a big dash of soul from the Swedish singer.
Dafnis Prieto Sextet “Triangles and Circles” (Dafnison)
Cuban drummer and his band set a new tone with a collection of sunnysideup Afro-Cuban rhythms and killer post-bop playing.