The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Featuring The Avalanches, Ray BLK, Innanet James, Mainline, Roisin Murphy, Blood Orange, Alex Lahey, Beyonce and more
An ode to life in south London complete with fried chicken and Caribbean shops from the rising singer’s upcoming “Everybody Loves Ray” release
Innanet James “Summer” (Itsallgold/Fête)
The Maryland rapper celebrates the season that’s in in with a tune to play loud on your next beach trip.
Alex Lahey “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” (Self release)
Splendid stomping indie-rock thumper from the Melbourne lady with the big sound
Yoni & Geti “Lunchline” (Joyful Noise)
WHY?’s Yoni Wolf and Serengeti team up again for new album “Testarossa” which features this low-slung cracker about love, relationships and playing in a garage rock band.
Mainline “Feelings” (White)
The hook is the key and this one, snipped from Iyona’s vocals for Jason Load Experience’s “Mainline 90″, had form before the mysterious Mainline decided to make merry with it for this killer old-school house throbber.
Blood Orange “Freetown Sound” (Domino)
Dev Hynes goes large on his third album with a series of bold and challenging strides set against fascinating blocks of indie, soul and out-there funk.
Roisin Murphy “Take Her Up To Monto” (Play It Again Sam)
Taken from the same recording sessions as “Hairless Toys”, the Arlow woman’s trip to Monto is more playful and alluring confirmation that we’re dealing with one of the most fascinating pop personas around here. “Mastermind” from the album below.
Beyonce “Lemonade” (Columbia)
An album I kept going back to again and again on my holidays, Bey’s newbie is a lot more than about calling out Becky with the good hair. An album of musical and lyrical dynamite from one of the sharpest knives in the drawer. Get into “Formation” below
BADBADNOTGOOD “IV” (Innovative Leisure)
A serious piece of work from the Toronto soul/jazz cadets with contributions from Kaytranada, Colin Stetson, Sam Herring, Mick Jenkins, Charlotte Day Wilson and more.
The Avalanches “Wildflower” (XL)
Yes, there really is a second album just about to arrive from the Australian sampledelic freak scene. 15 years on, “Wildflower” sounds as equally wild, giddy, bugged-out, exhilarating, exciting and sweet as their acclaimed debut. “Frankie Sinatra” from the album below and album streaming in full here.