The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Including Jim James, Lambchop, Jamila Woods, Esperanza Spalding, Jai Paul, The Notwist, Huerco S. etc
Jim James “Eternally Even” (ATO)
Solo album from the My Morning Jacket dude has him letting that great voice of his go loose on an album of mighty psych-soul excursions.
Lambchop “FLOTUS” (City Slang)
Kurt Wagner and friends’ 12th album is full of beautiful sounds, effortless soft-shuffle hooks and becalming odes to remind you that life is for living.
Gil Scott-Heron “Washington DC” (Artisa)
Best video you’ll see this season of a dude walking around with a ghettoblaster. From 1982′s “Moving Target” and still sounding superfly.
Donna Summer “McArthur Park Suite” (Casablanca)
The disco diva at her very best
Jamila Woods “Heavn” (Closed Sessions)
As always, there are lots of new discoveries and ones which almost got away to be plucked from the end-of-year lists, such as this album of stirring protest songs and reasons why black lives matter from the Chicago r’n'b queenpin with help from Chance the Rapper, Kweku Collins, oddCouple and Saba.
Esperanza Spalding “Emily’s D+Evolution” (Concord)
Spalding’s got the funk. One for the Prince and Janelle Monae sound-seekers in the audience.
Huerco S. “For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)” (Proibito)
Ambient music for the dawn risers from the talented Kansas City producer
Moses Boyd “Drum Dance” (Exodus)
One of the tracks of the year with the London jazz drummer creating a mesmerising, visceral and gleeful smasher.
Jai Paul “BTSTU” (XL)
It never gets old. Maybe 2017, eh?
The Notwist “Neon Golden” (City Slang)
Speaking of classics… The 2002 album from the German band who really should be better known. That’s life for you.