The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Including Small Faces, Prefab Sprout, Marlene Enright, Taylor Bennett, Rami Khalifé, Todd Terje, Trombone Shorty etc
Taylor Bennett “Restoration Of An American Idol” (Self release)
Chance the Rapper’s little bro’ comes on strong with a sweet-as-a-nut collection of beats and rhymes.
Cameron Graves “Planetary Prince” (Mack Avenue)
West Coast Get Down Collective in the house again: digging a serious groove with Kamasi Washington’s piano player aided and abetted by Washington, Thundercat on bass and drummer Ronald Bruner.
Rami Khalifé “Stories” (Nagam)
Dramatic large-scale music from the French-Lebanese composer with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Jens Lekman “How We Met, the Long Version” (Secretly Canadian)
The Swedish dude locates his inner Arthur Russell on this beauty from his new “Life Will See You Now” album.
Trombone Shorty “Here Come the Girls” (Blue Note)
The Allen Toussaint and Ernie K-Doe classic gets the Trombone Shorty re-up on the forthcoming “Parking Lot Symphony” album.
Todd Terje “Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix)” (Olsen)
A stunner from Kieran Hebden who quickly hooks a superb throughline and keeps the energy and fire flowing throughout.
Prefab Sprout “America” (Self release)
Only love can break your heart.
Small Faces “Whatcha Gonna Do?” (Decca)
A mod stomper from 1965 which never gets old
Marlene Enright “Placemats and Second Cuts” (Self release)
Solo debut release from The Hard Ground member is full of dark pop nuggets and powerful songs like “Alchemy” and “123″ below. Album is released on March 27 and Enright is touring over the next few week with dates all over the place.