The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks to dig from Tobias Jesso Jr, Future Brown, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ala Ni, Umek, Ty Dolla $ign, David Axelrod and others
Ala Ni “Cherry Blossom” (Transgressive)
Former backing singer with Damon Albarn and Mary J Blige steps forward in her own right with the magical “You & I Spring” EP featuring that melancholic, mesmerising vocal
Tobias Jesso Jr. “Goon” (True Panther)
Forthcoming debut album from the Vancouver native may feature superstar producers (Chet “JR” White from Girls, Patrick Carney from The Black Keys and Ariel Rechtshaid who has worked Vampire Weekend, Haim and Sky Ferreira) but the real attraction is a powerful slate of songs full of resonance and emotion. “How Could You Babe” from the album below.
Colm Mac Con Iomaire “The Finnish Line” (Plateau)
The first taster from “And Now The Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir)”, the follow-up to Mac Con Iomaire’s “The Hare’s Corner” debut. Check out the opening track “The Finnish Line” below and get tickets for the album launch show at Whelan’s, Dublin on April 17 pronto.
Romare “Projections” (Ninja Tune)
The first five star album of 2015 just gets better and better with every listen
Ty Dolla $ign “Drop That Kitty” (Atlantic)
Your all-star jam for the week as Ty Dolla $ign makes some elbow room for Charli XCX and Tinashe to talk about cats and dogs with Stargate and Cashmere Cat providing the production spit and polish.
David Axelrod “Holy Thursday” (Atlantic)
From 1968′s “Song Of Innocence”, the producer and composer’s groundbreaking symphony goes into the mystic in some style.
Future Brown “Future Brown” (Warp)
Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu duo Asam Maroof and Daniel Pineda and Lit City Trax’s J-Cush combine forces for an album full of smart ideas, genre hopscotching and next-level brainstorming.
Umek “Gatex” (Magik Muzik)
From 2001, this still sounds like the future has just landed with massive intensity and a killer groove in your sound system
The righteous winners of the Oscar for best song of 2014 ensure that the fantastic Selma got some of its dues on the big glitzy night out in Los Angeles