The playlist – the sounds of the week at OTR HQ
Including Migos, Missy Elliott, Young Fathers, Ailie Blunnie, Avalon Emerson, Talk Talk, Valerie June etc
Missy Elliott “I’m Better” (Elektra)
She’s back and she really is better as she struts with aplomb over a streamlined menacing beat. Between this and last year’s pulsating “Pep Rally”, could 2017 be the year when she finally whips up a follow-up to 2005’s “The Cookbook”?
Young Fathers “Only God Knows” (Big Dada)
Six songs by Young Fathers appear in the surprising decent T2 Trainspotting and here’s one of them with the Leith Congregational Choir lending the necessary celestial uplift.
Paul Simon “Horace and Pete’s” (YouTube)
Rhymin’ Simon’s melancholic, beautifully downbeat theme tune for Louis CK’s brilliant Brooklyn pub TV series from last year starring Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda Jessica Lange and Steven Wright.
Valerie June “Shakedown” (Concord)
A killer tune full of blues, gospel and funk, prepare for the Valerie June takever all year as the Tennessee-born, Brooklyn-based releases her second album “The Order of Time”
Avalon Emerson “The Frontier” (Whities)
Deep gritty bassy techno from the Arizona desert
Talk Talk “The Colour of Spring” (EMI)
30 plus years on, an album still full of warmth and soul.
Various “New Gen” (XL)
The new bloods are in the house. XL round up the next set of UK underground grime and rap stars to watch for including Ray BLK, AJ Tracey, J Warner, Jevon, Avelino, Stefflon Don and tons more.
Sherwood & Pinch “Man Vs Sofa” (On-U Sound/Tectonic)
Second album from On-U kingpin Adrian Sherwood and Bristol producer Pinch with contributions from Lee “Scratch” Perry, Skip McDonald and Taz. Check out “Lies” with Perry below.
Migos “Culture” (300 Entertainment)
An album of outlandish, bodacious and compelling crackle, shake and shine from the Atlanta scene-makers.
Ailie Blunnie “West to the Evening Sun” (Self release)
A taster from the Leitrim singer-songwriter’s forthcoming debut album shows a craftswoman who knows the right measure of guile and atmospherics which a soundscape of this majesty requires.