The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Apres, Natasha Kmeto, Eric B & Rakim, Laurel Halo, Bassh, Ephemerals, DJ Paypal, Yeezy, The Waterboys and others
Apres “Chicago” (SubSoul)
Rolling groover from newbie London producer who tips the hat to house music’s roots by doing great things with Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love” and Mr Fingers’ “Can You Feel It”.
Natasha Kmeto “Inevitable” (Dropping Gems)
The new album from the Portland-based electronic music composer and producer is full of smart, powerful leftfield songs and sounds with Kemto’s voice leading the charge of tracks pitched at on and off-dancefloor minds, bodies and souls.
Eric B & Rakim “Paid In Full” (4th & B’way)
The duo’s debut from 1987 is a golden era hip-hop classic still very much on point.
Laurel Halo “In Situ” (Honest Jon’s)
Evocative storms from the forthcoming double-EP from the Michigan producer who plays Out to Lunch at Dublin’s Bar Tengu tomorrow night.
Bassh “Body” (Self release)
Members of Band Of Horses and Matrimony join forces for a track which comes with an anthemic glow, an infectious buzz and a killer melody.
Ephemerals “You Made Us Change” (Jalapeno)
Superb old-school r’n'n, funk and soul vibes on one of the standout tracks from the London retro kingpins’ 2014 album “Nothin’ Is Easy”
The Waterboys “This Is the Sea” (Ensign)
We’re still hearing the big music. In-depth piece on the album on the occasion of its 30th anniversary here.
Woke “The Lavishments of Light Looking” (Adult Swim)
The track that broke the part of the internet where OTR resides. Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat and George Clinton join forces for the Adult Swim series. Stand well back.
DJ Paypal “Awakening” (Brainfeeder)
Time to get dizzy with this futuristic, head-spinning wow from the Berlin producer’s forthcoming Brainfeeder album due in November.
Kanye West “Black Skinhead” (Def Jam)
That’s the anthem, getcha damn hands up. Yeezy on fire from “Yeezus”.
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. Note: no money has exchanged hands for placement on this playlist.