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The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ

Tracks for your bank holiday weekend listening pleasure from Orbital, Kiesza, Orchestra Baobab, Halos, The Slowest Clock, Caribou, Christian Scott and many more


Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 09:35


Halos “Dust” (White)

Deep soulful blur of harmonies and slo-mo melodies from London newcomers

The Slowest Clock “Smile Futurismo! All I Heard Was Purple” (Eye Unseen)

Holy flashbacks Batman! Previously unreleased debut album of edgy freakbeat/psych wig-outs recorded in 1989/90 from the Dublin band who were one of the stalwarts of the Underground Bar scene at that time. “Eastern Flowers” from the album below.

Dan Bodan “Soft” (DFA)

Beautifully connected, soft-shuffle electronic pop and folk from the Canada native based in Berlin

Orbital “Belfast” (ffrr)

Remembering the Hartnoll brothers who finally hung up their torch glasses this week and parted ways for the final time.

Various “Black Fire! New Spirits!” (Soul Jazz)

Deep and wide spiritual jazz from 1957 to 1975 including cuts from Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Tyrone Washington, Joe Henderson (“Black Narcissus” below) and many more. Album playing in full here.

Caribou “BBC Radio One Essential Mix” (BBC)

Dan Snaith spun some of the inspirations and influences behind new album “Our Love” on the Beeb last weekend, including some new Daphni tracks.

Orchestra Baobab “Pirate’s Choice” (World Circuit)

The irresistable, intoxicating sound of Senegal via Orchestra Baobab’s 1982 mix of mellow salsa, late-night melodies and haunting jive.

Leon Vynehall “Time” (Aus)

Smashing organic house with a dab of this and a twist of that from the rising Brighton producer

Kiesza “Sound of A Woman” (Lokal Legend/Virgin EMI)

The former member of the US navy, army sniper and ballerina behind the awesome “Hideaway” (below) gets her debut album out before the year comes to a close.

Christian Scott “Christian aTunde Adjuah” (Concord)

Widescreen, audacious next-level jazz with the New Orleans’ trumpet maestro celebrating his African heritage with verve and aplomb.