The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes to get you on the good foot for the weekend from Shamir, Erol Alkan, Teho Teardo, LoneLady, Future Islands, Arca, Immigrant Union, Craig Armstrong and others
Shamir “On the Regular” (XL)
New kid on the XL block produces gloriously wonky pop brilliance. Hit, in an alternative universe far, far beyond the clouds
Teho Teardo “Ballyturk” (Specula)
The Italian composer provides some edgy, darkcore sounds for Enda Walsh’s headbanger of a play aided and abetted by Joe Lally (Fugazi), Lori Goldston (Earth, Nirvana) and Nick Holland (Balanescu Quartet).
Erol Alkan “Sub Conscious” (Fabric)
Main room acid thriller from Alkan from his recent “Fabriclive 77″ set
Beck “Morning Phase” (Geffen)
The perfect chilly hit for these winter morning as Beck Hansen delivers deep, contemplative, slow-burning magnificence.
LoneLady “Groove It Out” (Warp)
The return of Julie Ann Campbell with some tight, raw ESG-esque post-funk from new album due in 2015
Arca “Xen” (Mute)
After productions for FKA Twigs, Kanye West, Mykki Blanco, Kelela and Bjork, the Venezuelan-born New York producer Alejandro Ghersi heads for the sonically exciting higher ground.
Future Islands “Singles” (4AD)
A reminder of the good times earlier this week when one of the bands of the year touched down in Dublin
Rae Sremmurd “No Flex Zone” (EarDrummers)
Tupelo, Mississippi brothers Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee’s summer hit keeps on keeping on.
Immigrant Union “War Is Peace” (Musebox)
Fresh as a daisy psych from the Melbourne band’s second album “Anyway”
Craig Armstrong “It’s Nearly Tomorrow” (NAIM)
First album in yonks from the well regarded composer features vocals from the likes of The Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan and Suede’s Brett Anderson