The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Sounds from Hurray For the Riff Raff, The Waterboys, Denis Sulta, Jidenna, Malka, CocoRosie, Don Ellis Orchestra and many more
Malka “Breakout” (Tantrum)
Eclectic freak scene pop from the Scottish rising star.
CocoRosie “Smoke ‘Em Out” (Self release)
Anohni joins the fray on this theme tune for a new age of protest and activism. Like, did you see that press conference yesterday?
Chicano Batman “Freedom Is Free” (ATO)
Barnstorming forthcoming album from the Los Angeles throwbacks, all produced with oodles of the funk by Leon Michels (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Black Keys, The Menahan Street Band etc). Here’s “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)”
The Revenge “Los Angeles Times” (Roar Groove)
From Glasgow with love.
Denis Sulta “Dubelle Oh XX (JVIP)” (Sulta Selects)
Mo’ Glasgow, this time with producer Denis Sulta kickstarting his Sulta Selects’ imprint with this off-kilter floorfiller
Jim James “Eternally Even” (ATO)
Too many people slept on this solo album from the My Morning Jacket dude last year so give it another chance. Big voice, bigger psych-soul constructions.
Jidenna “The Chief” (Wondaland/Epic)
Damn, it’s finally here. Janelle Monae’s star pick comes on strong with an album which swaggers and swings around the bases with great poise and panache.
Don Ellis Orchestra “Live At Monterey” (Blue Note)
Recorded at the 1966 Californian fest, Ellis leads five trumpeters, three trombonists, five sax players, a pianist, three bassists, two drummers and a percussionist up and down the hills.
The Waterboys “A Pagan Place” (Ensign)
The big music from 1984 on Mike Scott and comrades’ second album.
Hurray For the Riff Raff “The Navigator” (ATO)
New Orleans folk-and-soul-and-roots emotions galore on Alynda Segarra and her band’s new album of music for these troubled times. “Rican Beach” from the album below