The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from U.S. Girls, Roy Ayers, MLIR, Lesser Pieces, The Neighbourhood, Denis Sultra, Talos, The Smoke Clears and more
MLIR “People” (Studio Barnhus)
Superb summer jam with oodles and oodles of sunnysideup splash and dash from the Swedish collective’s new “Swedish Lo-Life EP”
U.S. Girls “Window Shades” (4AD)
A dreamer of a tune from Meghan Remy’s “Half Free” album from last year.
Lesser Pieces “You & I (No Emergency)” (Occasional)
Irish producer Mike Slott and New York-born Egyptian singer-songwriter and composer Diane Badi’e join forces for this glorious, magnetic, energised rub of pop.
The Neighbourhood “West Coast” (Columbia)
This slice of Californian soul sounded just right during the week’s mini heatwave
Talos “Your Love Is An Island” (Feel Good Better)
With every new release, Eoin French is definitely gaining in boldness and vision. An emotive outing turning that vocal and those melodies into a spinetingler of fascinating proportions.
The Smoke Clears “The Smoke Clears” (All City)
New soon-come album from Cork/Galway house producer John Daly showing off what’s on the more ambient and wonky side of his tracks.
Denis Sulta “MSNJ” (!K7)
A track with great kick and elegant panache from the Glasgow producer as featured on Jackmaster’s new “DJ-Kicks” mix.
A very rare DJ set from space disco cosmic cadet Hans-Peter Lindstrøm with tunes from Julia Holter, Hélène Grimaud & Nitin Sawhney, Dan Lissvik and many more. Check it out here.
Various “Boombox” (Soul Jazz)
Bold, bright and giddy compilation of classic New York hip-hop and electro cuts from 1979 to 1982 released on various indie labels. Here’s “Cop Bop” from Portable Patrol, AKA Berklee School of Music-educated producer named Craig Boyd who was working as a traffic cop on Long Island and would bop and move to his own grooves.
Roy Ayers “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” (Polydor)
For the week that was in it. Playing The Beatyard in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday week