The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Xenia Rubinos, Willow, Schoolboy Q, Nigeria Freedom Sounds, ÌFÉ, Francis & The Lights and more
Xenia Rubinos “Black Terry Cat” (Anti)
We recommended this last week and we’re still thrilling to this mighty, sassy, infectious colourful soundclash of jazz, hip-hop, soul, r’n’b and rock with serious words to the wise. Dig it
Alexis Taylor “Piano” (Moshi Moshi)
Streamlined, melancholic and minimal piano-and-voice work from the Hot Chip frontman.
Willow “Feel Me” (Workshop)
Delightfully deep bass banger from Sophie Wilson, the Manchester-based powerhouse who got the nod from Kassem Mosse and Even Tuell’s Workshop label. She plays Dublin’s Button Factory on July 23.
Schoolboy Q “Blank Face” (Top Dawg Entertainment)
Move over K.Dot, there’s another don in the Top Dawg roost. Latest album from Schoolboy Q is chockablock with star turns, but the hardcore, riveting gangster leanings in the rhymes are far more compelling.
Various “Nigeria Freedom Sounds!” (Soul Jazz)
The new Soul Jazz compilation delves into the highlife, jùjú, apala, mambo and other traditional styles crafted in the years after Nigeria won independence from Britain.
ÌFÉ “House Of Love (Ogbe Yekun)” (Discos Ifa)
Beautiful sounds from Puerto Rico from Mark Underwood, aka Otura Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, who blends Cuban smoke, Afrodub and dancehall into a haunting force of nature.
Gypsy & The Cat “Life” (Alsatian)
New cut from one of our favourite Australian bands is full of hooks and harmonic splendour. From forthcoming album “Virtual Islands”.
Francis & The Lights “Friends” (Self release)
The track with most name-drops you’ll find this week: Justin Vernon and Kanye West join Francis Farewell Starlite for some spinechilling vocal stargazing on a track with serious writing and production shine from Rostam Bantmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid, Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat. Jake Schreier’s video is a bit of a wow too.
The Avalanches “Wildlower” (XL)
The soundtrack of the summer if we had such a season on this permanently little overcast island in the middle of the Atlantic. Like.