The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes for the weekend from Mark E, Jamie xx, Session Victim, The Gaslamp KIller, Despacio, Low, Battles, Terence Blanchard and others
Time Zone “World Destruction” (Celluloid)
A wallop of a tune from Afrika Bambaataa’s electro band project, this one with John Lydon and Bill Laswell and as featured in the final episode of the fantastic Mr Robot during the week.
Mark E “Sun Shadow” (Creative Use)
Mark E switches up Labelle’s “Moon Shadow” into a superbly infectious deep house groove
Percussions “Digital Arpeggios” (Text)
Going up and down and up and down and up and down with Four Tet getting all spry and effervescent.
Jamie XX “Loud Places (Special Request remix)” (XL)
Hardcore you know the score. Paul Woolford pulls on his Special Request cloak to give an old-school rave spin to one of the standout tracks on Jamie XX’s current album.
Session Victim “The Most Beautiful Divorce Ever” (Delusions of Grandeur)
Deep tech with a glorious tic-tac groove from Hamburg duo Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling’s 2014 album “See You When You Get There”
The Gaslamp Killer “Nissim” (Brainfeeder)
Trippy Turkish soul delight from The Gaslamp Killer’s 2012 album “Breakthrough” with Daedelus on bass and Amir Yaghmai from Jogger on guitar and yiali tambur paying tribute to Gaslamp’s grand-dad who gew up in Istanbul.
Despacio “One Hour Mix”
We reckon Despacio’s deluxe soundsystem with James Murphy and 2ManyDJs/Soulwax’s David and Stephen Dewaele playing all weekend is going to be one of the Electric Picnic highlights for many. Interview with David Dewaele here.
Low “Ones & Sixes” (Sub Pop)
Hugely impressive work from Low on their 11th album as they create a beguiling landscape from tip to toe. Album is streaming here and “No Comprende” from the album below
Battles “La Di Da Di” (Warp)
Oops upside your head oops upside your head: the third album from Battles will turn you all around and back again. “The Yabba” below
Terence Blanchard “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)” (Blue Note)
A decade on and the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina still hurts and haunts New Orleans. From 2007, here’s NOLA son and jazz don Terence Blanchard casting a majestic spell with heartfelt music of raw power and emotional, nuanced anger.
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.