The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes from Floating Points, Landless, Missy Elliott, Snakehips, Doug Hream Blunt, Idris Muhammad, Cian Nugent and more
Floating Points “Elaenia” (Pluto)
You may think you’ve heard all the abums of the year, but Sam Shepherd has one more for you. Deep, dazzling, graceful, freewheeling, inspiring and soulful: “Elaenia” is a record to refresh mind, body and soul.
Snakehips “All My Friends” (Sony Music)
Winner! London duo Oliver Lee and James Carter are joined by Tinashe and Chance The Rapper for this shimmering, slow-buring jam
Anderson .Paak “The Season/Carry Me” (Steel Wool/OBE)
The dude behind the ace “Venice” album from last year – and who appears on Dre’s “Compton” for good measure – rolls out another sparkler with production from 9th Wonder and Callum Conner.
Landless “The Female Convict” (Self release)
A powerful blast of voices and traditional righteousness from Lily Power, Meabh Meir, Ruth Clinton and Sinead Lynch.
Missy Elliott “WTF (Where They From)” (Atlantic)
It’s a Missy-quake! The most bad-ass and fascinating rapper in the game hits her stride once again and shows us what we’ve been missing with this killer mix of sass, attitude, rythm and rhyme. Video’s superfly too.
Bjork “Vulnicura Strings” (One Little Indian)
Bjork strips out the electronic components which bolstered “Vulnicura” and amplifies and embellises the strings to put another dramatic spin on those heartbreaking songs with moods which are darker, menacing and more desolate. “Lionsong” below
Doug Hream Blunt “My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt” (Luaka Bop)
The unsung San Francisco outsider gets some shine for his self-released maverick pop-funk and freaky psych-garage of old thanks to this Luaka Bop collection. “Ride the Tiger” from the album below
Will Sessions “Mix Takes” (Fat Beats)
Detroit five-piece super-duper band produce a dope album of live jams of classic hip-hop and funk break tunes.
Idris Muhammad “Turn This Mutha Out” (Kudu)
1977 album from the jazz pianist goes for the pop and r’n'b angles with tracks like “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This?” (as recently sampled by Jamie xx)
Cian Nugent “Night Fiction” (Woodsist)
The Dubliner may have taken until his third album to add vocals to the mix, but it’s a move which works a treat against those sweet guitars and lo-fi-slo-mo melodies. Check out “Things Don’t Change That Fast” from the album below.