The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Ala.Ni, Muhammad Ali, Robert Glasper, Lisa Hannigan, Yamasuki Singers, Fatima, Moodymann etc
Lisa Hannigan “Prayer for the Dying” (Play It Again Sam)
Channelling her inner Mary Margaret O’Hara on this lovely, slow-buring shiver of sound and moody melancholy from forthcoming new album “At Swim”.
M Craft “Blood Moon” (Heavenly)
Martin Croft’s forthcoming third album is full of tingly and tender small hours despatches from a secluded cabin on the edge of the Mojave desert in California. Title track below.
Fatima “Still Dreaming” (Blue Note)
London soul singer and Floating Points’ collaborator Fatima finds a new home for her futuristic soul with the storied Blue Note label on this gorgeous five-track EP
Yamasuki Singers “Yama Yama” (Finders Keepers)
From 1971 album “Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki”, the brainchild of Belgian producer Jean Kluger and French dude Daniel Vangarde (father of Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter) featuring children’s choirs, Japanese language tapes and a black-belt judo master. Wildly weird and way-out hefty funk soul grooves
Ala.Ni “You & I” (No Format!)
Debut album full of hazy intrigue and wonderfully bittersweet vocal wooing from the London-born, Paris-based singer who did time as a session singer with the likes of Damon Albarn and Mary J Blige.
Cassius Clay “I Am the Greatest” (Sony)
He truly was.
Robert Glasper “Sign O The Times” (Self release)
“This is a arrangement I recorded in 2015 as part of my “Covered” album. Unfortunately we were not allowed to put in on the album..Prince didn’t really like people recording his music lol..But I feel now is a good time to let everyone hear it!”
Jurassic 5 “Customer Service” (Self release)
J5 are out on the road for the summer – playing Castlepalooza on July 2 – and they set it up with a cut from the sessions for the “Power of Numbers” album, a track full of swing and sway (and a sample from Edwin Birdsong’s “The Spirit of Do … Do”).
Moodymann “I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits” (KDJ)
A deep gritty gem inspired by this fine piece on the Detoiur master.
Rationale “Palms” (Best Laid Plans)
One of 2016′s most promising new stars (and one of the hits at Eurosonic earlier this year) preps for his debut album with this charismatic slice of next-gen soul.
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.