The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes to go “yes” to from Idjut Boys, Disasterpeace, OMD, Emmelie de Forest, Andra Day, Feder and others
Idjut Boys “Versions” (Smalltown Supersound)
Conrad McDonnell and Dan Tyler rework some of their back-catalogue for an album of widescreen, next-level cosmic disco hurrahs like “Kenny Dub Headband”, a tribute to their late friend and London club runner Kenny Hawkes.
Dornik “Dornik” (PMR)
There’s always room for a new soul singer in our ‘hood. Two years from first appearing on our radars, Jessie Ware’s former drummer comes up trumps with a collection of electro-soul pop which is not shy about flying the flag for the D’Angelo, Prince and Michael Jackon fan clubs.
Liss “Try” (Escho)
Superb tune with oodles of special sauce from the Aarhus kids and one of this week’s OTR new music selections
Feder “Goodbye” (Time)
Melancholic deep house ear-worm which works best in direct sunlight
Andra Day “Forever Mine” (Warner Bros)
Newbie rocking vintage jazz, soul and rock ramalama comes to the pitch with a damn good Spike Lee-directed video.
Disasterpeace “It Follows OST” (Editions Milan)
Electronic musician and video game composer Rich Vreeland’s debut film score tips the cap the the masters (John Carpenter, Bernard Herrmann etc) yet has enough of its own spook factor to warrant him as a future name to watch.
Back Back Forward Punch “Settle the Score” (Self release)
Melbourne duo Laura Boland and Andy Liddell cause a scene with a killer blend of electro low-end and sassy, wobbly, wonky, highbrow bits.
Mike Garry and Joe Duddell’s tribute to the late, great, enigmatic Mister Manchester gets embellished with evocative, heartfelt, for-real soul and love by a cast of greats including Andrew Weatherall, Bernard Sumner, Christopher Eccleston, Gillian Gilbert,Iggy Pop, John Cooper Clarke, Mike Pickering, Miranda Sawyer, Paul Morley, Peter Saville, Philip Glass, Shaun Ryder, Steve Coogan and Terry Christian
Emmelie de Forest “Hopscotch” (Universal Denmark)
There is life after Eurovision, folks. Emmelie de Forest won that competition in 2013, but “Hopscotch” is the kind of radio-friendly pop monster which owes nothing to kitsch and bad dance routines. Hat-tip to Jessica at This Must Be Pop for the heads-up
Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark “Souvenir” (Dindisc)
As featured in the fantastic Mistress America, the new flick from Noah Baumbach starring Greta Gerwig and a superb Lola Kirke. Film is thankfully a hell of a lot better than the atrocious While We’re Young which is the turkey of the year (that said, I’ve yet to see We Are Your Friends).
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.