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The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ

Tunes and Easter eggs from Tigertown, Sufjan Stevens, Gil Scott-Heron, James Murphy, Will Joseph Cook, HNNY, Art Blakey, Leon Huff and more

Gil Scott-Heron

Fri, Apr 3, 2015, 09:55


Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty)

The most remarkable album of Stevens’ career to date is sparse, elegant, intimate and heartfelt as he deals with matters of life and death. A spinetingling listen you’ll find yourself returning to time after time.

Gil Scott-Heron “Nothing New” (XL)

Vocal and piano takes on some of the great man’s greatest hits recorded by Ruchard Russell during the making of “I’m New Here” in 2008

HNNY “Solsidan” (Let’s Play House)

Sweet like honey slo-mo house awesomeness from Johan Cederberg

Art Blakey “Holiday for Skins” (Blue Note)

Hear the drummers get wicked. Brilliant series of hypnotic, tribal and joyously rhythmic Afro and Latin experimentations recorded in one night in November 1958 by Blakey and his superb ensemble, including Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Ray Barretto, Sabú Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Donald Byrd and Ray Bryant.

Galt MacDermot “Coffee Cold” (Kilmarnock)

As heard on a recent episode of our fave TV show at the moment Better Call Saul (and as previously featured in The Thomas Crown Affair) from the Canadian composer behind Hair

Tigertown “Papernote” (Neon Gold)

The tune with the most endorphins you’ll encounter this week. Huge!

Leon Huff “No Greater Love” (Philadelpgia International)

From the songwriter and producer behind the classic Philly sound’s one and only solo album, 1980′s “How to Create Music”.

Various “Spiritual Jazz – the Lost Tracks” (Mixcloud)

What it says on the tin: some of the tracks which didn’t make the final cut from the six volumes Gerald Jazzman has compiled in “Spiritual Jazz” series to date. Tracklist and download link here.

Will Joseph Cook “Message” (Duly Noted)

The youth are alright: superb idiosyncratic pop with real warmth and great heft from the 17 year old from Tunbridge Wells

James Murphy “Golden Years” (Milan)

Look who’s back. The LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records and House Of Good coffee luminary swings through the David Bowie classic with glockenspiel aplenty for the soundtrack to new Noah Baumbach film While We’re Young.