The playlist – the tracks of the week at OTR HQ
Featuring Joey Bada$$, Bobby Womack, Anohni, Mor Thiam, Vince Staples, Tkay Maidza, Preoccupatons and many more
Vince Staples “Prima Donna” (ARTium/Def Jam)
“Summertime ’06″ was no fluke as this vital, gritty, radical new EP shows with No I.D., DJ Dahi and especially James Blake running things under the bonnet.
Tkay Maidza “Carry On” (Dew Process)
Killer Mike joins our favourite Zimbabwe-born, Australia-reared rapper for this hooky slam dunk from her forthcoming debut album “Tkay”
Various “They Will Have To Kill Us First” (Transgressive)
Soundtrack to Johanna Schwartz’s fascinating documentary about Malian musicians forced to flee their homes when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012 with tracks from Songhoy Blues, Bombino, Moussa Sidi, Afel Bocoum (“Diadie” below) and many more
Keaton Henson “Kindly Now” (Play It Again Sam)
Songs of sorrow, heartbreak, melancholy and bittersweet resignation from the introverted performer. “The Puglist” from the album below.
Rolling Stones “I Just Want To See His Face” (Rolling Stones Records)
Time to go once more to “Exile on Main Street” for this fascinating sliver of swamp-blues and gospel mysticism.
Preoccupations “Preoccupations” (Jagjaguwar)
Thrilling punky experimentations in sound and scope from the Calgary band very much following their own star. “Memory” from the album below
Soccer96 “As Above So Below” (Slowfoot)
Epic, infectious psych-funk killer-thriller grooves from The Comet Is Coming’s synths-and-drums duo Dan Leavers (AKA Danalogue) and Max Hallett (AKA Betamax), a duo who’ve also played with the likes of the Archie Bronson Outfit, Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down, Boredoms, Nitin Sawney and tons more.
Crooked Man “Crooked Man” (DFA)
Debut solo album from Sheffield producer Richard Barratt, a dude reponsible for some champion bleep-tech tunes back in the day and who has produced for Roisin Murphy, Add N To (X), Richard Hawley and Toddla T. Check out “Happiness” from the album below.
Anohni “4 Degrees” (Rough Trade)
Sometimes, you can use pop hooks to devastating effect to sell a message as Anohni makes you stop and think some about what the fuck we’re doing to the world around us.
Joey Bada$$ “Devastated” (Pro Era)
Our favourite set at last weekend’s Electric Picnic came from the Brooklyn lad with the old school swagger and the new school flow.
Bobby Womack “The Bravest Man In the Universe” (XL)
XL boss Richard Russell mentioned this album during his speech accepting the AIM Pioneer Award the other night which sent us off to dig again the raw, gritty, evocative tunes on the soulman’s swansong.
Mor Thiam “Ayo Ayo Nene” (Rite)
Hypnotic, compulsive Afrojazz grooves from the “Dini Safarrar (Drums of Fire)” album recorded in 1973 in St Louis by the Senegalese drummer (and Akon’s dad).
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