The playlist – the tracks of the week at OTR HQ
Tracks from Camille, Ted Hawkins, Byron the Aquarius, Cam & China, Beastie Boys, Anderson .Paak and many more
Byron the Aquarius “Aquarian Voyage” (Sound Signature)
Killer jazz-tinsed groove from the Chicago producer for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label. Catch the dude at Dublin’s Bar Tengu on September 24
Cam & China “We Gon Make It” (Self release)
Inglewood twins Cam and China push all the right buttons with this mega all-of-the-lights highlight from their self-titled debut album
Rim & Kasa “Love Me For Real” (Sum Sum)
Deep, tough, boogieful Afrodisco groove from 1982 with Ghana-drummer-in-Oakland Kwaku Obeng leading the way.
Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want” (Capitol)
From 1992′s “Check Your Head”, maximum crunchiness to the fore. As featured in War Dogs.
Emmylou Harris “Wrecking Ball” (Nonesuch)
It’s the season to dig out this evergreen album of golden melancholy again and revel in its glories.
Various “Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul” (Numero)
Collection of funk, soul and pop made by school-going ensembles in the 1970s after classes ended. Great tracks from crews like The Scott Brothers, Bethlehem Center Children’s Choir’s, Brother’s Rap, Magical Connection, Nancy Dupree and her students (“James Brown” below) and many more
Grace Lightman “Faultless” (Pilotlights)
Blissful pop high from the London singer with the Kate Bush colours in her tones.
Anderson .Paak “Malibu” (Steel Wool/OBE/Art Club)
Just checking in to confirm that the album of the year so far still sounds like the album of the year so far.
Camille “Music Hole” (Parlophone)
A reminder that before Christine & The Queens started to pirourette and pout, there was exuberent pop with many twists from Camille Dalmais, such as on this sublime 2008 album.
Ted Hawkins “Watch Your Step” (Rounder)
There was only one Ted Hawkins, the bluesman from Mississipi whose raspy, real-as-fuck voice and songs of pain and joy soundtracked the boardwalk on Venice Beach, Los Angeles for many years. Title track below
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