The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR
Tracks from Kelsey Lu, Blackalicious, Bob Dylan, Nocturnes, Xenia Rubinos, Michael Kiwanuka, DJ Shadow and many more
Kelsey Lu “Dreams” (True Panther)
Heavyweight emotional track and strong introduction to a smart new artist
Matthew Halsall “Music For A Dancing Mind” (Gondwana)
From the Manchester composer, DJ and trumpet player’s “On the Go” album, a fresh jazz gem which soars high.
Allen Toussaint “Big Chief” (Nonesuch)
From the late, great New Orleans’ master’s posthumous “American Tunes” album, a sublime take on Professor Longhair’s N’Awlins’ classic which goes to some unexpected places.
Michael Kiwanuka “Love & Hate” (Polydor)
The man behind the 2012 “Home Again” debut returns with an album of dark and grit, a record where tracks like “Black Man In A White World” (below) come with wigged-out strings and sounds.
Xenia Rubinos “Black Terry Cat” (Anti)
Second album from the New York-based artist with the Puerto Rican and Cuban family backgrounds is a swell of sounds, where sassy, colourful jazz, hip-hop, soul, r’n’b and rock produces some mighty, infectious tracks full of takes on these turbulent times.
Nocturnes “The Soft Animal” (Bluestack)
Pearse McGloughlin’s fourth album is a beautiful wash of songs, a deeply personal work about the world around us inspired by the birth of his daughter. “The Antler” from the album below.
Laszlo Dancehall “LZD IV” (Wolf Music)
Christian Piers and Leon Vynehall go around the houses again with four deep, bubbly, dubby grooves.
Bob Dylan “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” (Columbia)
You can never go wrong with some Dylan. From 1966′s “Blonde On Blonde”
Blackalicious “Imani (Vol 1)” (OGM)
A fine blast of hip-hop wisdom from 2015 from the band playing the Townlands Carnival festival in Macroom, Co Cork this weekend
DJ Shadow “Essential Mix” (BBC Radio One)
Two hours of A-grade beats and cuts from DJ Shadow, as he returns to the Essential Mix set-up for the first time since 2003.