The playlist – the tracks of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Saint Sister, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Puff Daddy, Special Request, Sophia Somajo, NZCA Lines, Erykah Badu and many more
Saint Sister “Madrid EP” (Trout)
Total eclipse of the harp: the debut EP from the act who kicked off the Banter weekend at Other Voices last weekend in Dingle and who play Dublin’s Whelan’s tomorrow night. One to watch in 2016, 2017 and, why not, 2018 too.
Special Request “BBC Essential Mix” (Soundcloud)
Roughnecks to the dancefloor: Paul Woolford’s raver alter-ego presents two hours of prime-time bangers for the headstrong
Slow Moving Clouds “Os” (Self release)
Another Banter act from last weekend. Music of high drama and melancholic beauty from the Irish/Finnish trio.
Sophia Somajo “Klein Blue” (Do It Yourself Bitch)
The Swedish pop star AKA Soso delivers a monster with riffs and hooks you can hang your hat on.
John Maus “Hey Moon” (Ribbon Music)
Lush, blissful pop lullalbye with oodles of heart and soul from 2011′s “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves” album
Puff Daddy “All About the Benjamins” (Bad Boy)
Bleeding Heart Pigeons “Is” (Virgin)
The Limerick trio’s debut album arrives in January and deserves a fanfare, a ticker-tape parade and a few months in the limelight. “Anything You Want” from the album below.
Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich & Matt Griffin “Cuisle” (Self release)
West Kerry trad royalty and London blow-in create music of great potency and magic on new album. Yes, another Banter in Dingle winner. “Slippery Slides” from the album below
Erykah Badu “But You Caint Use My Phone” (Motown)
The best release around a phone since Richie Kavanagh. Funk and soul songs about phones from New Edition, the Isley Brothers, Usher and others for the basis for a Badu masterclass in suss and sass. And “Hotline Bling” brings way more girls and boys to the yard than Drake.
NZCA Lines “Two Hearts” (Memphis Industries)
Boom! An electropop whopper, wobbler and winner to hit you between the ears from the band’s January-due album “Infinite Summer”