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The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ

Tracks for the weekend from Jennifer Evans, Aphex Twin, Jessie Ware, Raury, Hiss Golden Messenger, Xosar, Aywy and others


Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 08:29


Jennifer Evans “Works From the Dip & Foul” (Delphi)

Forthcoming debut album from the singer-songwriter is a riot of rich, atmospheric songs and beautiful widescreen canvases rendered with washes of jazz and blues. “Colours of Bruises” from the album below

Jennifer Evans

Aphex Twin “Syro” (Warp)

Damn straight, it’s good. Limerickman Richard D James’ new album, the first in 13 years, is a blast from opening salvo to closing notes.

Kendrick Lamar “i” (Top Dawg)

First taste from Lamar’s in-the-works follow-up to “good kid, m.A.A.d city” and it’s a thriller.

Friendly Fires & The Asphodells “Before Your Eyes” (Telophase)

Friendly Fires hook up with Asphodells’ pair Andrew Weatherall (playing Dublin’s Twisted Pepper tomorrow night) and Timothy J Fairplay for a juicy, slinky, hazy weekender pick-me-up

Mike Mago & Dragonette “Outlines” (Spinnin’)

Amsterdam producer Mago joins forces with Dragonette frontwoman Martina Sorbara for a house track full of bounce and feel-good sweetness

Raury “Indigo Child”

Debut mix-tape full of insightful tunes and sweet pop frills from the Atlanta teen (and former OTR New Music pick) who is going to be one to watch in 2015

Hiss Golden Messenger “Saturday Song” (Merge)

Steamy laidback Southern folk-rock from MC Taylor’s “Lateness of Dancers” album, which features digouts from William Tyler (Lambchop, Silver Jews), Phil and Brad Cook (Megafaun), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig ( Mountain Man) and former full-time Hiss dude Scott Hirsch

Jessie Ware “Tough Love” (PPR/Universal Island)

Second album shows that Ware has the fine line between sleek, sultry grooves and brittle, heartfelt, emotional ballads well and truly sussed. Album title track below

Xosar “The Pit” (Black Opal)

Tough, edgy, gritty banger for darker dancefloors from Sheela Rahman

Aywy “Voyeur” (Persona)

Beautifully pitched dreamy ambient cracked-soul soundscapes from the Sydney producer and Flow-Fi collective co-founder