The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from James Blake, Landless, J Dilla, Omar S, Mocky, El Michels Affair, Gallant, Christine & The Queens and many more
Gallant “Ology” (Mind of A Genius)
The star of the show on this swagger of a debut album is Christopher Gallant’s delicate, distinctive, powerful falsetto.
J Dilla “The Diary” (Mass Appeal)
The long lost Dilla album from 2002 with the Detroit shapeshifter on the mic, with contributions from Snoop Dogg, Bilal and Kenny Wray and extra production moxie too from Pete Rock, House Shoes, Madlib, Hi-Tek and Karriem Riggins
Christine & The Queens “Chaleur Humaine” (Because)
A new definition of pop music with elan, poise and purpose from Héloïse Letissier. Bright and infectious tunes full of colour and dash from your new favourite pop star.
El Michels Affair “4th Chamber” (Big Crown)
Leon Michels and pals go back to the Wu treasure trove, this time to add mo’ betta funk to the rough diamond “4th Chamber” from GZA’s “Liquid Swords”. The B-side “Snakes”, with Lee Fields as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, is also swell.
Mocky “Key Change” (Heavy Sheet)
Producer and performer Dominic Salole has worked with Feist, Jamie Lidell, Peaches, Kelela, Chilly Gonzales and tons more but his own work is well worth digging, especially this feast of organic soul and strings.
Terrace Martin “Velvet Portraits” (Sounds of Crenshaw/Ropeadope)
Kendrick Lamar accomplice and Kamasi Washington sidekick goes slow and low with raw soul-jazz, beach-friendly G-funk and radiant r’n'b.
Omar S “The Best!” (FXHE)
The Detroit producer’s fifth album is chockablock with timeless rhythms and ambitious patterns. “On Your Way” from the album below and more tracks on his website
Snakehips “Money On Me” (Sony Music)
Playa-of-the-season Anderson .Paak purrs his way onto the microphone to turn Snakehips’ latest slo-mo pop creation into a breezy sunset anthem.
James Blake “Timeless” (1-800 Dinosaur)
The wait is (nearly) over: new track taken from one of the most influential acts in modern music’s forthcoming third album “Radio Silence”.
Landless “The Trees Grow Tall” (Self release)
One of the stars of last night’s tremendous Trad Rising show in Dublin, Landless hushed a jam-packed venue with a fine combination of spine-tingling voices and brilliant songs.
The OTR Spotify playlist: the tunes we’ve given the thumbs up to over the last few weeks. New tracks added weekly. Note: no money has exchanged hands for placement on this playlist.