The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Including Solange, Nicolas Jaar, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sleigh Bells, Kari Faux, Shabaka & The Ancestors and many more
Solange “A Seat At the Table” (Columbia)
The sound of Solange Knowles finding her groove on a record full of musical wonder and fierce meditations on the matter of black lives in 2016. She’s got it.
Jóhann Jóhannsson “Orphée” (Deutsche Grammophon)
The Icelandic composer may be getting loads of kudos and commissions for his film scores like The Theory of Everything and Sicario but his first studio album in six years is full of elegant, beautiful textures and sounds.
Danny Brown “Atrocity Exhibition” (Warp)
Our favourite interviewee of 2016 delivers an album full of spark, imagination and the kind of vivid turns of phrase which only the man from Detroit can pull off.
Sleigh Bells “I Can Only Stare” (Torn Clean)
A hell of an attractive racket and a taste of what to expect from forthcoming album “Jessica Rabbit”
Nicolas Jaar “Sirens” (Other People)
A loosely alligned frame of ambient whirrs, lonesome piano lines, blurry electronics and Jaar’s own tingle of a falsetto to house ideas and themes about the politics of his Chilean homeland, his artist father Alfredo (who produced the album sleeve) and the current state of the world.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra “First World Problem” (Jagjaguwar)
Dark and deadly pop from Ruban Nielson and friends.
Kari Faux “Supplier” (Wolf & Rothstein)
Arkansas, stand tall. Kari Faux pulls an infectious back-in-the-day vibe for this wee stunner.
Shabaka & The Ancestors “Joyous” (Brownswood)
From “The Wisdom Of Elders” album, superb Afro-next jazz from The Comet Is Coming saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and a gathering of South African musicians led by trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni.
Michael Jackson “Rock With You” (Epic)
In memory of the late, great Rod Temperton, one of many gems in his back catalogue
Bob Dylan “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (Columbia)
Mikel Murfi does a spine-chilling version of this in Michael Keegan-Dolan’s outlandish, fascinating, powerful, compelling and sublime Swan Lake/Loch na hEala. Remarkably, there are still tickets available for the show tonight and tomorrow night, which is running as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival – go, go, go.