The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes for your weekend listening from Kendrick Lamar, Torres, The Cyclist, Rhiannon Giddens, Genevieve, Villagers, Levon Vincent, Jason Moran and others
Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly” (Top Dawg)
In which Kendrick Lamar walks off to look for black America. The Compton rapper’s new album is a deep, fierce, angry protest about the state of his nation, all set against a soundbed where a new take on jazz and funk are the primary colours. An album very much of its time.
Torres “Sprinter” (Partisan)
Title track from Mackenzie Scott’s soon-come new album sees her and her new combo (Rob Ellis, Ian Oliver and Adrian Utley) moving onwards and upwards when it comes to spectacularly pitched emotional sounds. There’s a new star in town.
Rhiannon Giddens “Tomorrow Is My Turn” (Nonesuch)
The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ frontwoman goes solo with a T Bone Burnett-produced album of soulful roots
The Cyclist “Heart of Stone” (Music Is For Losers)
Infectiously hazy electronic music with a beautiful blur of heart and soul from Derry producer Andrew Morrison
Genevieve “Colors” (Wind-Up)
A killer, brilliant, bold pop tune from the Chicago singer and former member of Company Of Thieves who impressed many at last week’s SXSW
Jason Moran “Selma” (Paramount)
The prolific jazz pianist and composer’s score for Ava DuVernay’s Selma flick is beautifully sensitive to what’s happening on the big screen.
Levon Vincent “Levon Vincent” (Novel Sound)
Debut album from the longstanding underground techno producer and activist is a tough, hypnotic, moody, downbeat and streamlined affair. “Small Whole-Numbered Ratios” from the album below
Villagers “Darling Arithmetic” (Domino)
Conor O’Brien’s accidental third album – released as the home-recorded demos and drafts rather than ebellished in the studio – is a record full of space and depth. “Hot Scary Summer” below.
Boogie “Thirst 48″ (Self release)
A mix-tape full of brio and insight from the Long Beach rapper and one of the big winners at SXSW 2015
Andy Smith “Portishead Warm-Up 1995″ (Mixcloud)
What Andy Smith played when he warmed up for Porishead back on their 1995 tour.