The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes for the weekend from Barnt, Deers, Van Morrison, Perfume Genius, We Are Shining, Aqualung, Goat, Sleater-Kinney and many more
Barnt “Under His Own Name, But Also As Sir” (Hinge Finger)
Killer track from the Cologne techno maestro’s new EP “His Name” for Joy Orbison and Will Bankhead’s label
Deers “Between Cans” (Lucky Number)
Our fave new Madrid band kick out the jams with a breezy piece of next-gen indienoise. Remember their name.
Aqualung “Tape 2 Tape” (Golden Section)
Those with long memories will recall Matt Hales and “Strange and Beautiful” from a lifetime ago. Here, with Joel Compass on vocals, Hales trips through the wires with a subtle banger, taken from forthcoming album “10 Futures”
We Are Shining “Kara” (Marathon)
London-based duo produce excellent album of hypnotic, raw, rich dance tunes.
Van Morrison “Tupelo Honey” (Warner Bros)
The sound of Van the Man at his pastoral as soulful country enters the mix
Kaytranada “Leave Me Alone” (XL)
Fresh earworm from the Canadian producer now alligned with the XL stable. Ace vocals from Shay Lia, but the real buzz comes from that lovely blur of different sounds coming sweetly together.
Goat “Commune” (Sub Pop)
A bunch of masked Swedes playing an exotic, hypnotic and idiosyncratic brew of Afropop, drone, psychedelia, reverb and fuzz. Sounds to infinity and beyond.
Perfume Genius “Too Bright” (Matador)
Mike Hadreas knocks it out of the park with his third album. Produced by Portishead’s Adrian Utley, it’s full of compelling dramas and wow-packed melodies.
Lion Babe “Jump Hi” (White)
Sassy, soulful thriller from New York duo Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman (whose “Treat Me Like Fire” from last year was also damn smart) with guest twist from Childish Gambino. Makes you bust some block party moves.
Sleater-Kinney “Bury Our Friends” (Sub Pop)
They’re back and they mean business. Edgy cracker from the band’s forthcoming album “No Cities to Love”. Catch them at Dublin’s Vicar Street on March 26 next.