The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Leon Vynehall, Ciaran Lavery, Dexys, Jacob Collier, MeLo X, Dr John, Anoushka and others
Ciaran Lavery “Let Bad In” (Believe)
Incoming, one of the albums of the year. From the wilds of Aghagallon on the edge of Lough Neagh, Ciaran Lavery’s second album is a wonder of hushed, haunted, melancholic, spooked folk songs with beautiful melodic bliss throughout. Check “Okkervil River” from the album below.
Dexys “Curragh of Kildare” (100%/Warner Music)
A brilliant case study of a late career renaissance, this is taken from Kevin Rowland and associates’ forthcoming “Let the Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul” album. If this is any guide, we’re in a for a whole new level of song exploration.
MeLo X “Curate EP” (Galax)
Superb rattle of 24th century soultronics from the dude getting his dues on the back of collabs on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” brew.
Fantastic Negrito “Last Days of Oakland” (Blackball Universe)
A new version of the blues from the colourful Oakland guy with the eventful life who’s set to enjoy a spell in the limelight when this record lands. Album track “Working Poor” below
Erykah Badu “I Been Goin Thru It All” (Self release)
So ahead of the game that the game has problems keeping up with her, Badu chews the cud and kicks some dust in the face of social media haters and fakers.
Various “Prince’s party playlist”
A list of tunes selected by the dude himself to illustrate what a purple house party would sound like. As chosen by Prince for the makers of the New Girl TV show.
Jacob Collier “Hideaway” (Self release)
Chalk Collier down on your list of people to watch when his “In My Room” lands in July. “Hideaway” is a peach, a well-rounded track full of guile and gumption from a hugely talented new-school artist.
Dr John & The Nite Trippers “The Bare Necessities” (Walt Disney)
Everyone knews some Dr John in their lives, right? From the Jungle Book soundtrack but you knew that already.
Leon Vynehall “Midnight On Rainbow Road” (Rush Hour)
Spine-tingling piece of art for your next road trip from the super-talented producer as found on the latest in Gerd Janson’s “Musik For Autobahns” series.
Anoushka “Kendrick” (Brownswood)
“Kendrick on the radio”: beautiful sunny vibes from vocalist Victoria Port and producer Max Wheeler as they pay tribute to Mr Lamar
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.