The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
David Bowie, Anderson .Paak, Nicolas Jaar, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kendrick Lamar, Tommy KD, Khotin and more on the stereo
David Bowie “Blackstar” (Columbia)
Right to the end, Bowie was following his own star and producing work of sublime genius. An artist who challenged and influenced us for decades.
Anderson .Paak “Malibu” (OBE)
The west (coast) is awake. The new school Californian don follows up 2014′s ace “Venice” and last year’s star turns on Dre’s “Compton” with a new album of rich, glorious, beautiful moments to get excited about.
Khotin “Baikal Acid” (1080p)
Deep house with a lovely soft wobble to its strut from the Vancouver producer.
Tommy KD “Karma’s A Bitch” (Anam)
The Ticket’s cover star (interview here) delivers with a debut album covering the dramas of years of addiction, crime and homelessness with rich eloquence and sublime production by Hazo. “Satan’s Government” from the album below – catch him in Dublin’s Grand Social tomorrow night.
Will Sessions “Mix Takes” (Fat Beats)
A bunch of blue-chip Detroit players kick out the jams on a dope album of live takes of classic hip-hop and funk breaks and beats.
Vilod “Safe In Harbour” (Perlon)
Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer join forces to bring jazz and techno textures together for a freewheeling adventure deep in the heart of elsewhere.
Nicolas Jaar “Resident Advisor 500″ (Other People)
Jaar marks the electronic music site’s landmark 500th podcast with a 66 minute wallop of Talk Talk, Lydia Lunch, How To Dress Well, Barn Owl, Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich and the “sound of two orange-tufted sunbirds running into each other mid-flight”.
Maria Schneider Orchestra “The Thompson Fields” (ArtistShare)
A record which exudes greatness and rewards your attention, “The Thompson Fields” sees Maria Schneider and her all-star cast of players roam the pastoral landscapes and big sky country with great aplomb. Album not currently streaming – more information here.
Kornél Kovács “Pantalón” (Numbers)
From the “Radio Koko” EP, the Studio Barnhus co-founder goes for gold with a slamming rub of dusty grooves and Latin freestyle.
Kendrick Lamar “Untitled 2”
Now this is how you do a TV appearance. Appearing on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Kendrick Lamar eschews tracks from last year’s blockbuster “To Pimp A Butterfly” in favour of a new track which rocks and grooves and takes him to a whole new level.