The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Including Noura Mint Seymali, Kaytranada, Van Morrison, Anna Wise, Mark Hollis, Sampha, Mykki Blanco and many more
Noura Mint Seymali “Arbina” (Glitterbeat)
An album of fiesty and fierce exuberence from the Mauritanian griot and her rocking band.
Mark Hollis “Mark Hollis” (Polydor)
The only solo album from the Talk Talk leader to date remains a powerful, exquisite, intimate study in stripped-back, blue note, melancholy.
Jones “New Skin” (37 Adventures)
We’ve been tracking London singer-songwriter Cherie Jones-Mattis for some time and her forthcoming debut album rings true with that gorgeous voice topping and tailing some strong, fascinating tunes like “Melt” below
Sampha “Blood On Me” (Young Turks)
It’s a long time since Sampha put his name to new releases but after collabs with everyone from Frank Ocean to Drake, his debut album “Process” in incoming, a set which includes this thriller “Blood On Me”
Anna Wise “Go” (Self release)
You’ll find Anna Wise’s names on the credits for all of Kendrick Lamar’s albums to date but she’s well capable of standing on her own feet as this track from “The Feminine: Act I” EP shows.
Mykki Blanco “Mykki” (Dogfood)
Kick-ass punk and riot grrrl-influenced in-yer-face hip-hop from the New Yorker crossing all the tracks and lines.
M Craft “Blood Moon” (Heavenly)
Delicate, tender, heart-bursting songs and desert blues crafted on the edge of the Joshua Tree park which will remind you of how folks like Bill Fay, Liam Hayes and Mark Hollis went about their work.
Unloved “Guilty of Love” (Unloved)
David Holmes’ Los Angeles years’ shizzle with vocalist Jade Vincent and soundtrack composer Keefus Ciancia putting on the style with rakish rock-noir, evocative atmospheric girl group elan and a certain kind of swagger.
Kaytranada “99.9%” (XL)
Truly, one of the best releases of the year and now the 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner for best Canadian album of the year. Bonus percentage: new mixtape from the dude to complete the equation.
Van Morrison “Astral Weeks” (Warner Bros)
It was an “Astral Weeks’ kind of week.