The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks to kick ass from Mitski, Royce Wood Junior, Snakehips, Summer Heart, Gal Costa, The Haxan Cloak, Erykah Badu and others
Royce Wood Junior “Midnight” (37 Adventures)
Dashing dark soul bopper with a strong line of melancholy running through it from a former member of Jamie Woon’s band.
Snakehips “Forever (Part II)” (Hoffman West)
Sunnyside up jam with all kinds of positive vibes from the Snakehips duo (playing Dublin’s Opium Rooms with Prins Thomas on Marc 28) with vocals from Kaleem Taylor. Hit!
Summer Heart “Thinkin’ Of U” (Sommarhjärta)
One of a gazillion of new acts on our must-see list for SXSW 2015, this is Swedish dude Davis Alexander making merry with a hazy, sunny, shimmering tune with a strong bang of summer off it.
Mitski “Townie” (Don Giovanni)
Speaking of SXSW… Mitski is also on the to-see list, chiefly because of the fantastic rattle from this tune, taken from the Japan-born, Brooklyn-based singer’s third album “Bury Me At Makeout Creek”.
Miles Davis “On the Corner” (Columbia)
Miles kicking ass in 1972 by throwing a hunk of funk and rock into the stew and coming up trumps with all kinds of everything.
Gal Costa “Gal Costa” (Philips)
A mention in an interview with Natalie Prass sent us back to this beautiful 1968 album from the Brazilian singer. A record of rich, vibrant, sweet and sunny sounds, it was Gal Costa getting her psych side on and mingling the pop and bossa nova of old with the freestyle vibes and politically charged heft of the incoming tropicalia movement.
Your Old Droog “Bad to the Bone” (Droog)
The Russian kid from Brooklyn that everyone thought was Nas for a hot minute spits some deadly rhymes and adds his name to the New York renaissance buzz.
Jon Hopkins “Late Night Tales” (Late Night Tales)
The tunes you’ll find round at Jon Hopkins’ gaff after sunset include David Holmes (“Hey Maggy”), Darkstar (“Hold Me Down”), Nils Frahm (“More”), School Of Seven Bells (“Connjur”) and many more
The Haxan Cloak “Excavation” (Tri Angle)
Getting props these days for this work of Bjork’s “Vulnucura”, Bobby Krlic’s 2013 album is dark, black, glacial and utterly compelling.
Erykah Badu “Baduizm” (MCA)
It felt like spring for a few days this week and this is a record, Badu’s debut calling card, which has always had a spring vibe for us.