The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tunes from Kendrick Lamar, Mikael Seifu, Laura Mvula, Africaine 808, Christine & The Queens, TW Walsh, Kanye West, Soak and more
Kendrick Lamar “untitled unmastered” (TGE)
While you were sleeping, this happened. Eight previously unreleased tracks from 2013 and 2014 which sound like the first cousins of “To Pimp A Butterfly”
Soak “Before We Forgot How To Dream” (Rough Trade)
Mikael Seifu “How To Save A Life (Vector of Eternity)” (RVNG Intl)
Hypnotic electronic music from the Addis Ababa producer Mikael Seifu putting a new shape and sheen on age-old Ethiopian music.
Christine & The Queens “Chaleur Humaine” (Because)
An album which has already been around the houses a few times, Héloise Letissier’s debut remains a magical affair, a sleek and stylish pop record which makes itself at home across a rake of different musical quarters.
Africaine 808 “Basar” (Golf Channel)
Berlin producers DJ Nomad and Dirk Leyers head for the hills with an album of West African thrills and licks dosed and doctored with new-breed electronics
Joe Goddard “Taking Over” (Greco-Roman)
Blissed out sweetness from the dude from Hot Chip and The 2 Bears
TW Walsh “Shallow Water” (Graveface)
The man from Pedro the Lion, Headphones and other indie acts of old comes up with trumps again on new solo album “Fruitless Research”
Kanye West “Ultralight Beam” (Self release)
Forget about who Yeezy is fighting with on Twitter this week and dig this opening highlight from “The Life Of Pablo”. Story behind the track here
Laura Mvula “Overcome” (RCA)
The former Birmingham schoolteacher gets the funk in the shape of Nile Rodgers and that awesome guitar of his.
Leon Vynehall “Music For the Uninvited” (3024)
Returning to the producer’s 2014 album which was full of glorious, mind-expanding musical switches and swathes like this one “It’s Just (House Of Dupree)”
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.