The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes, tracks and bangers from Meg Mac, Dr Dre, Faze Action, Foals, U.S. Girls, Willis Earl Beal and many more
Big Scary “Organism” (PieEater)
Big tune with a rake of quirks and angles from Big Scary, the Melbourne duo starring #1 Dads’ Tom Iansek and drummer Jo Syme
Meg Mac “Never Be” (Little Big Man)
The mighty Mac is back with a humdinger which she wrote when tapping the steering wheel while driving her ma’s car around Sydney. Beats a couple of hours in a room with a piano.
Alo Wala “Cityboy” (Enchufada)
Colourful bad-ass soundsplash from the Copenhagen-based globetrotting trio
Faze Action “In the Trees” (Nuphonic)
Nearly 20 years on and still sending a shiver down your spine. Some Carl Crag mixes below too for additional oomph.
Khruangbin “A Calf Born In Winter” (Night Time Stories)
Slo-mo mellow instrumental groover from a trio of Texans.
Dr Dre “Compton” (Aftermath)
The doc will see you now. There may be no financial imperative for Dr Dre to ever release another record but don’t under-estimate the creative urge to show he’s still the king of the walk. A superbly pitched slab of modern age hip-hop which knows where it’s coming from and is keen to keep on going. Y’all have to check Apple Music for this bad boy.
U.S. Girls “Damn That Valley” (4AD)
A killer-thriller from Illinois-born, Toronto-based Meghan Remy’s forthcoming “Half Free” album inspired by John Cassavetes and Bruce Springsteen
Willis Earl Beal “Survive” (Tender Loving Empire)
A scarred, minimal soul whisper from Willis Earl Beal’ forthcoming new album “Nocturnes”, a release which has had quite a rocky road to get from A to Z by all accounts.
Golden Rules “Golden Ticket” (Lex)
New-school infectious hip-hop with lashings of striking beats and moods on the debut album from Paul White (Danny Brown, Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson etc) and rapper and singer Eric Biddines
Foals “What Went Down” (Transgressive)
Possibly the most savage thing Foals have done to date and a great primer for their soon-come fourth album
The OTR playlist: a selection of tunes which we’ve given the thumbs up to over the last couple of months. New tracks added every week.