The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Your weekend soundtrack from Nils Frahm, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Elliot Smith, Kendra Morris, Júníus Meyvant, Natalie Prass, Arca and others
Nils Frahm “Some” (Erased Tapes)
A stunning, evocative piece from Frahm’s “Solo” album from earlier this year.
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch “Like Water Through the Sand” (130701)
Graceful new-school classical from the hugely promising French pianist and composer
Kamasi Washington “The Epic” (Brainfeeder)
The man behind the album of the year – sorry Adele – blew into Berlin last weekend as part of his European tour and turned on the style with an all-star band. The album is still producing the goods every time out, the very definiton of a tour-de-force.
Elliot Smith “Fond Farewell” (Domino)
A tender reminder of Smith’s prowess as a writer from the posthumous “From A Basement On The Hill” release
Kendra Morris “Concrete Waves” (Wax Poetics)
A reminder that great off-kilter songs sometimes slip through the cracks. From the New York singer’s “Banshee” album from 2012
Av Av Av “All Good” (Space Weather)
Copenhagen dudes make merry with the electronic rhythms and weirdbeard grooves
Júníus Meyvant “Hailslide” (Record Records)
New Icelandic singer-songwriter talent prepares for his close-up with a track which blends soulful punch and bittersweet folk edge to great effect.
Arca “Mutant” (Mute)
Alejandro Ghersi’s second solo album is another example of how a disdain and disregard for the conventional approach to beats and song structures can pay off. An album of unrelenting clatter, exciting buzzes and disjointed moments which strangely work nearly every time.
Natalie Prass “Natalie Prass” (Spacebomb)
One of 2015′s early releases which still casts a spell at year’s end. Prass’ tender, bittersweet, vulnerable vocals and pitch work brilliantly with these timeless rock-and-pop-and-soul-and-gospel-and-country tunes.
Late Night Tuff Guy “Live Together (LNTG No More War remix)” (Self release)
That Timmy Thomas track you know from being sampled by Drake for “Hotline Bling” gets the LNTG treatment to produce a track which oozes class, gumption and a timely message.