The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Including The Gloaming, Mike Christmas, Lucinda Williams, Stereo MCs, Santigold, The Magician, Chris McGregor and others
The Gloaming “The Gloaming 2″ (Real World)
Onwards and upwards with the infamous five. If The Gloaming’s debut album was a startling introduction to the power of five master musicians at work, the second album amplifies and augments the magic between the notes. Every track a winner especially “Casadh an tSúgáin”, “The Old Favourite” and opening track “The Pilgrim’s Song” below.
Lucius “Born Again Teen” (Mom + Pop)
Lucius switch things up and get deliriously wonky and upbeat on the first taste of new album “Good Grief” due for release in March.
Santigold “Chasing Shadows” (Atlantic)
Head-turning pop magnificence from Santi White. This and “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” really bode well for next month’s “99c” album
The Magician “Sunlight” (Potion)
Put a pep in your step on this most dismal of months. The Magician plays Dublin’s District 8 on January 30, AKA the weekend when everyone goes mental after the first payday of the year.
OTR’s old pal Van Helden and the Lawrence brothers go head to head with house grooves old and new on the Holy Ship cruise as sails around Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
Michael Christmas “What A Weird Day” (Self release)
The sound of Beantown with Michael Christmas showing his smarts on the mic alongside Logic, Mac Miller, Krondon, D.R.A.M. and others, with production from Rich Kid, Ra$hid, Thelonious Martin and a ton of others. Put this alongside the new Anderson .Paak album and you’re sorted for the season.
Stereo MCs “Connected” (Island)
It’s time for a revival. Step it up.
Chris McGregor “Jazz: African Sound” (Jazzman)
A jazz rare groove from 1963 gets a welcome spruce-up and reissue with Chris McGregor’s awesome Castle Lager Big Band blowing up a storm. A multi-racial band at a time when that was a dangerous notion in apartheid South African, the grouo features such leading players as Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Kippie Moeketsi.
Lucinda Williams “World Without Tears” (Lost Highway)
The country rock queenpin played a storming set in Dublin’s Vicar Street during the week and one of the high spots was “Fruits of My Labor” from this 2003 album
Rhiannon Giddens “Tomorrow Is My Turn” (Nonesuch)
Going back to the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ frontwoman’s solo T Bone Burnett-produced album on the back of her Later with Jools TV appearance a few weeks ago
The OTR 2016 Spotify playlist: the tunes we’ve given the thumbs up to so far this year. New tracks added every week. Note: no money has exchanged hands for placement on this playlist.