Otis Jr.: Ships EP


With the release of the Ships EP, the velvety voice of Otis Junior has more than proven that his music is, or very well ought to be, the soundtrack to your sweet moments. There are a lot of particularly low-key numbers here, making this the sort of record that you put on to candlelight, with the windows open and a nice breeze in the air. The star of the show, of course, is Otis’ remarkable vocals, which are reminiscent of The Isley Brothers’ or Sam Cooke’s, but that says nothing of his skill at the keyboard, handled here with amazing restraint.