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The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ

Tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Mulatu Astatke, Nu Shooz, Hannah Holland, Gil Scott-Heron and others

Mulatu Astatke

Fri, Feb 5, 2016, 09:56


Anderson .Paak “Malibu” (OBE/Steel Wool/Art Club)

The hip-hop album of the season with the Californian star using warm, seductive sounds from soul to funk to jazz as backdrops for narratives which are alive with spirit, honesty and emotion. Dig the new breed.

Gil Scott-Heron “I’m New Here” (XL)

Remembering the last hurrah of a don who has gone to a better place

Jonathan Wilson “Desert Raven” (Bella Union)

Big sky riffing and dreamings from 2011′s “Gentle Spirit” album

Mulatu Astatke “Ethiopiques Vol 4″ (Buda Musique)

Probably the best of the bunch when it comes to the “Ethiopiques” treasure trove with the master at work whipping up a brand new groove. The sound of Addis Ababa getting funky in the early 1970s.

White Town “Your Woman” (Chrysalis/EMI)

Infectious, playful, melancholic bedroom pop from 1997

Hannah Holland “Lush” (Classic Music)

A magnificent jam and a half with a filthy bassline gets even higher with IMMA/MESS providing some sleazy vocal juice to celebrate the pull and push of after-hours delights

Bruce Springsteen “The River” (CBS)

Start your ecker for May 27 now

Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait” (Atlantic)

There are times when Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist is worth its weight its weight in gold and it earned its keep this week with this old school banger.

Earth Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (Columbia)

Grooving in memory of the late, great Maurice White

The OTR Spotify playlist: the tunes we’ve given the thumbs up to over the last few weeks. New tracks added weekly. Note: no money has exchanged hands for placement on this playlist.