The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Starring Hurray For the Riff Raff, Anohni, Kelly Lee Owens, Feist, Hallelujah Chicken Band, Anna Meredith and many more
Hurray For the Riff Raff “The Navigator” (ATO)
One of those albums you keep going back to in order to relish what Alynda Segarra and friends have produced. Great live show too, as seen at SXSW
Hallelujah Chicken Band “Take One” (Analog Africa)
The sound of funky Zimbabwe in the 1970s.
Feist “Pleasure” (Polydor)
Title track from the forthcoming album from one of the fascinating artists in the game.
Kodie Shane “Drip On My Walk” (Epic)
Your hip-hop banger for the weekend.
Anna Meredith “Varmints” (Moshi Moshi)
We only caught six minutes of Meredith’s live show at SXSW, but we definitely want to see more. Last year’s debut album is a bobbydazzler, an album of rich, ecstatic and head-spinning sounds from the London composer.
Zeena Parkins “Three Harps, Tuning Forks & Electronics” (Good Child)
The OTR playlist compilation team have a soft spot for harpists and we’re really digging this new set from the Detroit player who has worked with everyone from Björk, John Zorn and Jim O’Rourke to Matmos, Yoko Ono and Hole.
Kelly Lee Owens “Kelly Lee Owens” (Smalltown Supersound)
Powerful set of bewitching textures and grooves on the debut album from the London-based Welsh producer.
Her’s “Marcel” (Heist Or Hit)
Intoxicating earworm from Liverpool wide-eyed duo Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading which may not have been so intoxicating had the duo kept its original name “David Seaman”.
Anohni “Paradise” (Rough Trade)
If you dug “Hopelessness”, one of the albums of 2016, “Paradise” continues Anohni’s exploration of the world around us.
Perfume Genius “Too Bright” (Matador)
While we wait for Mike Hadreas’ new album “No Shape” to land in May, here’s his last ‘un. Produced by Portishead’s Adrian Utley, it’s a set full of compelling dramas and wow-packed melodies.