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The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ

Tracks for the weekend from Factory Floor, Whitney, Moses Boyd, Melanie De Biasio, Paul Simon, Miles Davis and many more

Melanie de Biasio

Fri, May 27, 2016, 10:00


Factory Floor “Dial Me In” (DFA)

A smashing, throbbing, thumping electro groove from the duo’s forthcoming second album “25 25″

Whitney “Light Upon the Lake” (Secretly Canadian)

An album full of lovely shimmies and shimmers from the Chicago crew recorded in the haze of California. “No Woman” from the album below

Melanie De Biasio “Blackened City” (Le Label)

An epic piece of work from the Belgian singer inspired by the landscapes of cities like Manchester, Detroit and Bilbao.

Moses Boyd “Drum Dance” (Exodus)

Rising London jazz drummer Moses Boyd packs a lot of the wow factor into this mesmerising, visceral and gleeful cut from his “Rye Lane Shuffle” release.

Toulouse “Hurtin’” (Self release)

Gospel tingles galore on the debut track from a New York City singer who deserves a berth on your ones-to-watch list.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence “Work Songs” (Motéma)

It’s a good week for jazz drummers at OTR: superbly detailed patchfork of sampled vintage field recordings from Alan Lomax’s archive pinned and threaded with bold shapes from Brown, producer Chris Sholar, saxophonists JD Allen and Jaleel Shaw, singer Lester Chamber and keyboardist Big Yuki.

Paul Simon “Wristband” (Concord)

“You got to have a wristband, my man”. From Simon’s forthcoming album “Stranger to Stranger” which features a bundle of collabs with Italian pruducer and OTR fave Clap! Clap!

Mary Margaret O’Hara “Miss America” (Virgin)

Elton John was right – Sad songs always say so much. This collection of heart-wrenching, emotional and intriguing torch songs for the broken-hearted never fails to cast a plaintive spell.

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper “Everything’s Beautiful” (Sony Music)

As he explained in a recent interview with The Ticket, Robert Glasper went deep into the Miles Davis back-catalogue in search of sounds for this album which features Erykah Badu, King, Stevie Wonder, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote and many more

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.