The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Jones, Desiigner, Ella Fitzgerald, William Bell, Hannah Peel, Big Thief, Kaytranada and more
Jones “Melt” (37 Adventures)
Summertime vibes from the Londoner with the sultry vocals complete with production from Honne.
Desiigner “Timmy Turner” (Def Jam)
Boom! Desiigner turns that mesmerising caught-you-listening freestyle into a bona-fide banger.
Hannah Peel “All That Matters” (My Own Pleasure)
Dreamy electro winner from the Northern Irish singer’s forthcoming album “Awake But Always Dreaming”. Song is streaming here.
Big Thief “Masterpiece” (Saddle Creek)
Strong songs, distinctive voice and great vibes from Brooklyn’s Adrianne Lenker and crew.
William Bell “This Is Where I Live” (Stax)
The soulman returns to the revitalised Stax label with an album of rich, layered and authentic Southern soul.
Christine & The Queens “Tilted” (Because)
Watching the giddy rise and rise of Héloïse Letissier has been one of the highlights of the year.
Various “The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco” (How Do You Are?)
From the beautiful sun-blissed groove of Evie Sands’ “You Can Do It” (below) to the spooky, hypnotic purr of Lynn Christopher’s “Take Me With You”, here’s a compilation highlighting the glorious pop music made on the US west coast during the 1970s
Kaytranada “99.9%” (XL)
One of the albums of the year which you really shouldn’t sleep on. Aided by Anderson .Paak, AlunaGeorge, Karriem Riggins, Vic Mensa, Little Dragon, BADBADNOTGOOD and others, Kaytranada’s debut has an infectious bop and flow from tip to toe. Dude really deserves that extra 0.1 percent.
Ella Fitzgerald “Someone To Watch Over Me” (Verve)
For an awesome Donegal woman and especially her loved ones