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I drove to the station feeling out of it. Maybe it was the boarded up shops that have gone out of business, maybe seeing the expanded homeless population. I gave it my all. Lots of these new records gave me life from emerging artists such as Austinyo, Buena Puente, Aissa plus favorites from Nick Hakim, Chaka Khan, Knox Fortune and Cal Tjader. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, August 1st // LISTEN

Nick Hakim – Qadir
Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think Think About You
Durand Jones & The Indications – Never Heard ‘Em Say
Whitney – Rain
Buena Puente – La Playa Del Ritmo Canta
Thundercat – Los Changes (Boi Jeanius Cumbia edit)
Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (remix)
Mac Miller – Good News
Hanni El Khatib – Harlow
Peter Cottontale – When I Get There
Benne; Kenny Beats; Bakar – Night Garden
Spencer. – Maybe
Bill Withers – Just The Two Of Us (F R A N C H I S E. Riddim edit)
Yarborough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
The Clash – Straight To Hell
Stan Forebee – Jump Around
Yellow Days- You
Celia Cruz – La Guagua
D’Angelo – Spanish Joint
Marvin Gaye x Khruangbin – Pelota
Aqatuki – Wakanoura
Maye – La Cancion
Aissa – Esto Es Por El Money
Celeste – Feel Like Makin Love
Joe Bataan – Ordinary Guy
Roy Ayers – Life Is Just A Moment (Part 2)
Luther Vandross – Better Love
L’Imperatrice – Fou (Poolside remix)
Wesley Bright & The Honeytones – You Don’t Want Me
Full Crate; Jaimes – Ill Ride
Vagabon – Water Me Down (Pamcy remix)
Branko – SDDS
Morrissey – Suedehead
Knox Fortune – Sincerity
Aforest – Seasons
A.K Paul – Be Honest
Diego Lorenzini – Maite
Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri – Black Orchid
Play Nice: Insightful – I Do
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Funkadelic – Knee Deep (Brukt edit)
Vaughan Mason – Bounce Rock Chic! (Nick Bike edit)
Lisandro Meza – Las Tapas
Janet Jackson – If (Nick Bike edit)
Shimmertraps – Jules Quesnel
First Beige – Not Gonna Feel The Way You Asked For
Junior Mesa – Losing My Grip
Pink Matter – Quicksand
Sam Truth – All My Dogs
Harvey Sutherland – Super Ego

Sunday, August 2nd // Listen

Play Nice: Insightful – I Do
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Sade – Love Is Stronger Than Pride
Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade De Melody Nelson
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge – Oi
Marcos Valle – Estrelar
Toro Y Moi – Blessa (Instrumental)
Jakob Ogawa – All I Wanna Do
Blackdoe; Chaanil; Yella – Air
Mosey – Something Freaky
99 Neighbors – Lock N Key
Tyler, The Creator – Earfquake (Jengi remix)
Nicola Cruz – Drom Tradisie
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
The Meters – Find Yourself
J Lloyd – If I Fall Under
Lady Wray – Guilty
Oscar Welsh – Sixteen
Hanni El Khatib – Gem
Badbadnotgood – Glide (Goodbye Blue Pt. 2)
Clubz ; Buscabulla – Caile
Jason Joshua & The Beholders – Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Willie Nelson – I Never Cared For You
Synthia; Lady Wray – Tonight You Might
Boy Dude – Modern Day Confusion
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
Peter Cottontale – Hi 5
Al Green – You Ought To Be With Me
Chaka Khan – I Know You I Live You
Joe Bataan – Muneca
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Debarge – I Like It
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Yellow Days – You
Austenyo – Computer Talk
Fat Night – Heart
Khruangbin – The Red Book
Mac Miller – Once A Day
Ty Dolla $ign – Famous
Knox Fortune – Help Myself
Full Crate – I’m Trying
Aaron Taylor; Benny Sings – Shooting Star
El Gran Combo – Lloraras
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Aguita
St. Panther – These Days
Beau Diako; Coco PM – Animal
Swing – Richesse
Ricky Reed, Jim James & Duendita – Us (How Sweet It Was)
Reyna Tropical – Dolor
Soko – Oh A Rainbow!
Nick Hakim – All These Changes
Sunny & The Sunliners – Cross My Heart
The Delfonics – La La (Means I Love You)
The Internet – Wanna Be
Free Nationals – Apartment (Instrumental)

NMF

Apologies for the absence here. The KROQ and KCRW shows have been time consuming and the Monk podcast is 98 percent close to wrapping! Whew. Also, Im just spending more time with plants and catching surf. Hope you might join me this weekend on KCRW from 12-3pm and then on KROQ this Sunday from 8-10pm. In the mean time, peep some of my current faves from St. Panther, A.K Paul, Katzu Oso, Ego Ell May + more. Listen here for a better experience!

 

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It’s the best of Latin Alternative + music discovery Sunday nights from 8-10 pm on the World Famous KROQ! Los Retros continues to kill it with his latest amazing EP + gems from The Free Nationals, Yungatita, Tropa Magica and more! Ill be back this Sunday night and hope you might join me!

 

HOUR 1
OC Hurricanes – My Love
Kali Uchis – Just A Stranger (feat Steve Lacy)
Karen y Los Remedios – Canario
QUITAPENAS – Campesino
Los Retros – The Messiah
Minyo Crusaders – Cumbia del Monte Fuji
Sotomayor – Cielo
Helado Negro – Lechuguilla
Junior Mesa – 3 AM
Ocote Soul Sounds – Primavera
Chicano Batman – Itotiani
Brainstory – Mnemophobia
Bostich+Fussible – Tengo La Voz

HOUR 2
Free Nationals – Eternal Light
Buscabulla – Sono
Inner Wave – 1 4 2
Símon Mejía – Río Piedra
Mexican Institute of Sound – El Microfono
Katzù Oso – Secuestro Al Corazón
Pau Sotomayor – Somos Dos
Yungatita – Everyone Can See
Black Pumas – Old Man
La Santa Cecilia – Always Together
Ambar Lucid – Candy
MARINERO – Como Mariposas
Tropa Magica – Koopa-Cabras
Divino Niño – Quiero
Flamingosis – Brunch at the Bodega
Amantes Del Futuro – Cumbia Amarilla

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Last weekend was fun. Felt good breaking in new sounds from Ricky Reed, Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge, Spencer., Phony PPL, Nick Pagan + more. Hope you dig! Ill be on break for the next two weeks from KCRW but you can catch my Sunday night sets on KROQ from 8-10 in the mean time!

Saturday, July 4th // LISTEN

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Polo and Pan – Feel Good
Sault – Don’t Shoot (DB’s edit)
Burna Boy – Anybody
Kali Uchis – Angel
Talking Heads – Moon Rocks
Ron Basejam – Late Night Hunt
Jorja Smith – Rose Rouge
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (Matthew Law edit)
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul (Nick Bike edit)
The Whispers – Keep On Lovin’ Me
David Walters – Kyre Mwen
Arthur’s Landing – Love Dancing
Charlotte Dos Santos – Red Clay
St. Panther – These Days
The Dynamics – Move On Up
The Beatles – Reggae Rigby
Quantic – Time Is The Enemy
Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin & St. Panther – Real Magic
Manteca – Tremendo Boogalo
Toquino – Carolina Carol Bela (Ft. Jorge Bern)
Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day
Thundercat – Them Changes
Kool And The Gang – Summer Madness (Bossa edit)
Sly5thAve – Expatria (ft. Thalma De Freitas)
Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Spencer. – Maybe
Phony PPL – Somehow
Theophilus London, Devonte Hynes, Solange – Flying Overseas
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Hanni El Khatib – Dumb
Jerry Paper – Cholla
Clubz – Pronto
Khruangbin – Pelota
Kingdom of Kaffa – Dibo Di Bongo
Peter Cottontale – Hi 5
Kowloon – Wake Up
Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Ahmed Sirour Tribute remix)
Full Crate and Kyle Dion – Brandy
Snoh Aalegra – Whoa (Esentrick edit)
The Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale
George Benson – Love x Love (Young Pulse edit)
Doja Cat x Aaliyah – Say One Million (King Most edit)
Gap Band – Someday (Ron Basejam edit)
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Bachata edit)
Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted (Paul Mond & Tera Kora flip)
Wesley Bright & The Honeytones – Happiness
Nick Pagan – No Mames
Los Retros – Fruitful
Mac Miller – Everybody
Meshell N’Degeocello
Radiohead – Climbing Up The Walls (Fila Brazillia mix)
Zimbabwe Legit – Shadows Legitimate mix

 

Sunday, July 5th // LISTEN

Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin & St. Panther – Real Magic
Seu Jorge & Roge – Vem Me Salvar
Peter Cottontale – Find You (New Jerusalem)
Saucy Lady – Together (U Key Main mix)
Skinshape – The Place Upstream
Phony PPL – FKN Around (Ft. Megan Thee Stallion) (Cuppy remix)
Bosq – Mi Arizal (Ft. Dorkas)
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache (Grand Master Flash remix)
James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thang
Monte Booker – Baby (Ft. Ravyn Lenae)
Doja Cat – Say So (Nick Bike edit)
Tosca – Dr. Dings
Bad Bunny & J. Balvin – La Cancion (Bruno Borlone edit)
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Omar Apollo – Frio
Charles Bradley (Ft. Menahan Street Band) – The World Is Going Up In Flames
D’Angelo – Feel Like Makin’ Love
Free Nationals – Cut Me A Break (Instrumental)
One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
Khruangbin – Time (You And I)
L’Imperatrice – Voodoo
Sault – Don’t Shoot (DB’s edit)
Ray Barretto – Together
Nai Palm – Atoll
Natalie Slade – Humidity
The Temptations – Get Ready (adam Doubleyou’s ‘Teach Me’ edit)
Madlib – Young Warrior
Willie Bobo – Sunshine Superman
Quantic y Los Milicos – Hotline Bling
The Steady 45s – Sleepwalk
The Ohio Players – Funky Worm
Foreigner – Cold As Ice (Jim Sharp edit)
Wings – Arrow Through Me
Erykah Badu – Window Seat
Los Retros – The Messiah
Mononeon – Breathing While Black
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – The Healer
Otis Redding – Cigarettes & Coffee
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattison 2)
Femina – Brillando
Junior Mesa – Long Title
Rosalia & Travis Scott – TKN (Dju Dju edit)
La La – Morir Sonando
Ezra Collective – Footprints
Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Youssra El Hawary – Ghareeb An El Medina (Brenk Sinatra remix)
Blundetto & Chico Mann – Tengo Fe
Nils Frahm – A Place (Kalupke rework)
Epmd – You Gots To Chill
Mac Miller – Woods
Gal Costa – Teco Teco
Jazzanova – Summer Keeps On Passing Me (ft. Ben Westbeech)
Mamas Gun – You Make My Life A Better Place
Noname – Window (ft. Phoelix)
Farr – Bulletproof
Abstract Orchestra – Gobstopper

NMF 07.0220

I’ll be on the fm dail(s) this weekend with more music discovery but thought I’d give you a heads up here first. New JGreey, Melodiesinfonie, Terrace Martin with Robert Grasper, Ty Dolla teams with FKA Twigs + friends and more. Hope you enjoy! For the best listening experience, hit play here on Spotify!

Sat + Sunday: 12-3pm (pst) on 89.9 FM KCRW
Sun: 8pm-10pm (pst) on 106.7 FM KROQ

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Back with more music discovery and throwbacks all mashed together with new releases from Peter Cottontale, Nathan Bajar, recently unearthed Thelonious Monk, Los Retros, Greentea Peng and so much more. Hope you enjoy! Back this weekend on KCRW with more from the record bag.

Saturday, June 27th // LISTEN

Skinshape – Amigoes E Inimigos
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (DJ Caution edit)
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Roy Ayers – Gravity
Rosalia – TKN (Ft. Travis Scott) (Dju Dju edit)
Maryam Saleh – Nouh Al Hamam
A Tribe Called Quest – The Love
Laurence Guy – Claudi
Peter Cottontale – Find You (New Jerusalem
The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Nothing But His Love
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Boi Jeanius Bachata remix)
Nathan Bajar – Anniversary
Thelonious Monk – Epistrophy (Live)
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Lance Skiiiwalker – In The World (Ft. Nick Hakim)
The Lewis Express – Clap Your Hands
Mounika. – Tender Love (ft. Ocie Elliott)
The Delfonics – Ready Or Not Here I Come
Nick Pagan – Hardly Use My Hands
Ezra Collective – Footprints
K-Os – Heaven Only KNows
Joe Simon – Joe’s So Fresh and Clean (Matthew Law edit)
Khruangbin – Dearest Alfred
N.E.R.D – Victory
Kelis – Scared Money
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Jason Joshua & The Beholders – Poor Boy
Mac Miller – Right
Sault – Hard Life
Los Retros – The Messiah
Twit One – Chayn Gang
Peter Cottontale – When I Get There (Ft. Jamilah Woods & Rex Orange County)
Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo – Ballade De Nuit
Mosss – What She Said
Gold Panda – Black Voices
Sumohair – 1992
Lady Wray – Smiling
Shay Lia – All Up To You
Clubz – Pronto
Aniceto Molina – Estrella
Justice – On N On (Jerome Baker edit)
Siti Muharam – Pakistan
Breakdown Brass – Mary Jane
Frank Ocean – Dear April (Justice remix)
The Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma
Richard Schneider Jr. – Hello Beach Girls
D’Angelo – Africa (Eli Escobar edit)
Souleance – Aquarelle
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattson 2)
Guli – Lava
Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir – Nobody Knows
Greentea Peng – Sane
Oscar Jerome – Sun For Someone
Anteloper – Bubble Under

Sunday, June 28th // // LISTEN

Mac Miller – Surf
Ceu – Forcar O Verao
Yellow Days – Love Is Everywhere
Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody?
Khruangbin – Father Bird, Mother Bird
Hanni El Khatib – Gem
The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
Jorge Ben – Taj Mahal
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie
Andre 3000 – Prototype
Natalie Slade – Sunday Morning
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Can I Get Your Name?
Kutcorners – Drifting Apart
Clubz – Pronto!
Tall Black Guy – Clovereque
Nina Simone – Baltimore (Tropical remix)
Exile – I Wish You Love
LA Priest – Beginning
Sault – Don’t Shoot
Brooklyn Sounds – Mirame San Miguel
Peter Cottontale – Way Up High
Lee Stone – What Is Life
Vanessa de Mata – Nao Me Deixe So
Victor Internet – U Got My
Omar Apollo – Frio
Thundercat – Them Changes (Cumbia edit)
Tyler, The Creator – Earfquake
Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinconneur Des Lilas
Willie Griffin – Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Erland Oye – Paradiso
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Someone
St. Panther – These Days
Sunni Colon – Satin Psicodelic
Akira Kosemura – DNA
Mad Man Jaga – Hankuri
Childish Gambino – Summertime Magic (Zikomo remix)
Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic (Disgo remix)
Fredfades And Jawn Rice – Travels Through
MK.Gee – Western
Jarami – Hear This
P. Funk All Stars – Pumpin’ It Up
Loleatta Holloway – Runaway (The Salsoul Orchestra remix)
Miraa May – Regardless
Snoop and Pharrell – Beautiful (Smoothie Roller Rink edit)
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Ambar Lucid – Story To Tell
Los Retros – Sweet Honey
Devon Gilfillian – Get Out And Get It
Devin Morrison – Casper
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattson 2)
Cheo – Todo El Dia En La Cama
La La – Morir Sonando
Skinshape – Amigoes E Inimigos
ATCQ – Cyh (DJ A1 Keep Bouncing edit)
Jerry Paper – Cholla
Blundetto – Bingi

NMF 26.20

Last week’s batch of newness was so good I decided to pull a few but keep the new gems and addd a few more. This new Khruangbin is fire. Also feeling the latest from Los Retros, Toro Y Moi, Clubz remixed (one of my faves from Mexico). Salute to Noname and J.Cole for utilizing their crafts in having a conversation through their music. Still 2 of the best to do it. Hope you enjoy. For the best listening experience, check out the playlist here.

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Fun times on KROQ playing music of the Latin Alternative. Kicked things off with one of my favorite thats closet to 20 years old but from one of LA’s finest, Burning Star. Back next week with more finds to share!

Hour 1
Burning Star – Warriors (Will.I.Am Remix)
Los Retros – Friends
Mi Jardin – Girasol
The Sinseers – What’s Her Name?
Y La Bamba – De Lejos
Daniel Andrade – Gallo Pinto
Chico Mann + Captain Planet – Y Ahora Que
Buyepongo – Solo Yo
Kaina – La Luna
Katzu Oso – Secuestro Al Corazon
Rosalia – Yo x Ti Tu x Mi
Omar Apollo – Friends
Tall Juan – Atlantico
The Altons – Then You Go (That’s When You Know)
Combo Chimbita – Esto Es Real
The Steady 45’s – Sleep Walker

Hour 2
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Brainstory – Fruitless Trees
Quantic – Cumbia Sobre El Mar (El Buho Remix)
Buscabulla – NTE
The Marias – Over The Moon
Teo – Belong In The Sun
Dani – Donde Estas (Daniel Daniel Remix)
Systema Solar – El Vacile
Nick Pagan – No Mames
Clubz – Caile
Jasper Bones – Amor De Mis Suenos
Cuco – Feelings
Jason Joshua – Language Of Love
Kali Uchis – Solita

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It was a positive week with peaceful protests and rallies were happening in the US and across LA. Coming into the studio and trying to create a set that touches on the human spirit and mood while still trying to help folks feels easy, but it’s not. I hope you enjoy this weekend’s sets + the Birthday Prince set on Sunday!  Ill be away for the next two weeks on KCRW but you know where you can catch me on Sunday nights!

 

Saturday // June 6 2020 // LISTEN

Gil Scott – Heron + Brian Jackson – A Song for Bobby Smith
Nick Hakim – Qadir
K-OS – Crucial (Kaytranada Remix)
N.E.R.D – Life As a Fish
Steady 45’s – Sleepwalk
Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas
Kali Uchis – After The Storm (Pete Rock Remix)
Nalthy Peluso – Buenos Aires
Lianne La Havas – Can’t Fight
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized
Pastor T.L Barret + The Youth For Christ Choir – Nobody Knows
Soul Supreme – Check The Rhime
Hanni El Khatib – Dumb
Roy Blair – Fantazia
El Chicano – Viva Tirado
Tony Allen and the Africa 70 – Hustler
Prince – Money Don’t Matter Tonight
Exile – I Wish You Love
Terence Etc. – Infinince or Infinity
Tommy Guerrero – Come Together
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Mos Def – Love
Ukokos + Jabco – Keep Rising All Night Long
Brenton Wood – A Change Is Gonna Come
Teo – Belong In The Sun (Feat Lido)
Pepite – Music De Carnaval
Maryam Saleh – Noch Al Hamam
The Clash – Washington Bullets
Donnie – Do You Know?
79ers Gang – 79ers Bout to Blow
Milton Nacimento – Louva A Deus (BKCLX Remix)
Harvey Touch – Could Ever Happen
Local Natives – Dark Days
Vanessa Da Mata – Nao Me Deixe So
Curtis Mayfield – Power To The People (Demo Version
Ron Basejam – Into My Life
Khruangbin – So We Wont Forget
Skinshape – Sua Alm A (Feat. D’Alma)
Grover Washington + Bill Withers – Just The 2 Of Us (Nick Bike Edit)
Connan Mockasin – I Wanna Roll With You (Gentle Dom Remix)
6lack + J Cole – Pretty Friday Morning (Jengi Edit)
Children of Zeus – No Sunshine Tomorrow
Jason Joshua + The Beholders – Poor Boy
The Altons – When You Go (That’s When You Know)
Mac Miller – Hand Me Downs
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Someone
Richard Swift – Dirty Jim
Bill Evans – Peace Piece

 

Sunday // June 7  2020 // Listen 

Curtis Mayfield – Power To The People (Demo Version)
Jason Joshua + The Beholders – Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Lady Wray – Smiling
Jamiroquai – Emergency On Planet Earth
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover. (Happy B Day!)
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Pastor T.L Barrett + the Youth For Christ Choir
Willie Nelson – Uncloudy Day
Tall Black Guy – We Rollin For You
Mac Ayres – America! I’m For The Birds
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend (Happy Birthday!)
Mass Influence – A Yo! Atlanta Ya On (Instrumental)
Otis Redding – Cigarettes and Coffee
Mac Miller – Right
Jay Z – The Story Of OJ
Cassowary – Starlight
Bobbi Humphrey – Blacks and Blues
Cat Power – Sea Of Love
Gil Scott Heron – Save The Children
Dun: Crayon – Vicious Cycle
Natalie Slade – Sunday Morning
Frente Cumbiero – El Metodo de la Perdida
Prince – Joy In Repetition
Prince – I Feel For You
Prince – I Feel For You
Prince – Lady Cab Driver
Sheila E – Glamorous Life
The Time – Get It Up
Prince – Xtraloveable
N.E.R.D – Hypnotize U
Van Hunt – Out Of the Sky
Yellow Days – Love Is Everywhere
Pat Kalla and Le Super Mojo – Ballade De Nuit
Janet Jackson – Young Love (Funky Deps Edit)
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
DRAMA – Forever and a Day
The Elder Statesman – Trans Alpine Express
Phum Viphurit – Lover Boy
LA Priest – Beginning
Kowloon – Wake Up
Clubz – Pronto
Harvey Touch – The Wrong Mushroom
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Youssra El Hawary – Ghareeb An El Medina
Los Hermanos Armas – Cafe Mambo (Bigote Remix)
Khruangbin – So We Wont Forget
Djavan – Serrado
D’Angelo – Laaady (Tentendo Remix)
Franchise – Beba (Archi Edit)
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
James Brown – The Big Payback
Prince – Pop Life (Happy B Day!)
Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (Paul Mond Flip)

NMF ART 060620

It’s been a tough and challenging week at home watching the news and seeing what’s happening in the streets but every evening I make it a point to take care of my mind with music. Im still on the hunt for new sounds for my KCRW and KROQ shows. Here are a few that are recent releases. Hope you dig. Be safe! Listen to the Spotify playlist here to enjoy the full experience.

NMF 5.29.20

I think we can all say some new music can help take our minds off the world for a bit. I personally can feel the tension in the world and continue to find solace in sound. Ill be back on KCRW + KROQ this weekend so make sure to join me. In the mean time, here are some of my recent finds. For best listening experience, head over to Spotify. Be safe!

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Fresh off last night’s get down on KROQ, had to lay down a new episode of personal favorites that collect dust in the record bins at home. This week we explore Ethiopia, Venezuela, South Korea, Brazil and around the world. Hope you enjoy! And Im back on KCRW for the next two weekends. Lets hang!

Vala FM: Tracklist 

Orquesta Epa – No Podrán Destuirme   | 1980 Venezuela
Smooth Operator 3000  – Chuva de Verato  Ben Esser – Promises (Paul Mond Remix)
Joao Donato – Manha de Carnaval. | 1965
Galcher Lustwerk – Cig Angel
Esta. – Lahai
Mid Air Thief – Crumbling Together  | South Korea
Arthur Russell – Answers Me
Deodato – Skatin | 1980
Eumir Deodato – Bebe | 1972
Peter CottonTale – Find You
Yves Tumor – Asteroid Blues
Matt Karmil – Smoke | UK
Free The Robots – Daku
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble – Sal Dos Ondas | Brazil
Sporting Life – Approach (Feat Nick Hakim)
Salami Rose Joe Louis – Rain Jacket Over Puddle
Menelik Wossenatchu – Tezeta   | Ethiopia  1971
Janius Paul – Ase
Injury Reserve – Jawbreaker (Instrumental)

This week’s set featured some favorites. Catch me Sunday nights on the World Famous KROQ playing music of the Latin Alternative. Ps.. Playing Manà had me emotional AF. Those guys deserved airplay on mainstream fm radio a long time.

Hour 1
Y La Bamba – Boca Llena
Kali Uchis – Tyrant
Katzù Oso – Secuestro Al Corazon
Still Woozy – Ipanema (Feat Omar Apollo + Elujay)
Chango Menas – Dias Negros
Buyepongo – Solo Yo
Ambar Lucid – Story To Tell
Cheo – No Quiero Ser Tu Amigo
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Brainstory – Mnemophobia
Ana Tijoux – Antifa Dance
El Pan Blanco – See U Again
Jessie Reyez – Intruder
La Chamba – Constelación
Inner Wave – Rose
Omar Apollo – Frio
Sumohair – Santa Lucia

Hour 2
Mana – Oye Mi Amor
Reyna Tropical – Como Fuego
Royaljag – 909
Jungle Fire – Atomica
Cuco – Feelings
Teo – Belong In The Sun (Feat Lido)
Chola Orange – Hot Cheeto Stains
The Altons – When You (That’s When You Know)
Quitapenas – Tranquilidad
Systema Solar – Quien Es El Patron
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Mexican Institute Od Sound – Dame Un Besito
Neon Indian – Toyota Man
Mon Laferte – Amárrame
Manu Chao – Claudestino

I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of anxiety in gettin this first episode to feel and sound right. Listening back felt good. That long exhale was truly lots of stress being pushed out of the body.

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Here is hour 1 of last night’s ALTERNALITO on KROQ. Can’t wait to be back this Sunday night from 8-10pm!
Hour 1
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Reyna Tropical – Dolor
Ana Tijoux – Mi Verdad
Cuco – Hydrocodene
Omar Apollo – Brakelights
Ozomatli – Eva
Y La Bamba – De Lejos
Nortec Collective – Olvidela Compa
Bomba Estereo – Fiesta
Ambar Lucid – Cambia
Inner Wave – Estrella
Plastina Mosh – Mr P Mosh
Boy Pablo – Dance, Baby!
Mexican Institute of Sound – Jalafe
Los Retros – Someone To Spend Time With
Manu Chao – Me Gusta

Hour 2
Brainstory – Beautiful Beauti
Mexican Institute Of Sound + Toy Selectah w. Kool AD

La Santa Cecilia – Nunca Mas
Jungle Fire – Comencemos (Let’s Start)
Rosalia – A Pale
Kinkny – Solo Tu
Girl Ultra – Dame Love (feat. Cuco)
Chico Mann – Dilo Como Yo
Devandra Barnhart – Santa Maria De Feira
Steady 45’s – So Long
Juana Molina – Cara De Espejo
Lido Pimienta – No Pude
Bruk Wine (feat. Soulfiya & Andre Da Tippa)
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Crawl
Cafe Tacvba – Futuro
Nick Hakim – Roller Skates

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Fresh after last night’s KROQ’s debut of ALTERNALIDO, here’s a new home made mix of sounds to water your plants to. Hope you dig!

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Cassowary – Starlight
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Akira Kosemura – Komorebi
Onyx Collective – Manhattan
Mounika – Tender Love
Benny Sings – All We Do For Love
Floating Points – King Bromeliad
Jono McCleery – Before I Get Older
S. Maharba – Some Say
Jacaszek – Elegia
Nicolas Jaar – America, Im For The Birds
Nosaj Thing – U G (Les Sins Remix)
Mount Kimbie – Marilyn
Joomnji – Something Out Of Nothing

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Back with another episode of Vala Fm and a big announcement in this episode!
Hope you enjoy!

Vala FM Tracklist: 012

Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (Mathew Law Edit) 
Matt Karmil – 210
Jono Mcleery – Before I Get Older
Ivan Lins – Abre Alas
Paul Mond – Sane
Frank Zappa – What’s the Ugliest Part Of Your Body? 
Lance Skiiiwalker with Nick Hakim – In The World 
The O’My’s – Lullaby
Arthur Russell – I Never Get Lonesome
Sleater Kinney – The Size Of Our Love 
Ty – Wait A Minute (Dwele Remix) 
Samiyam – Do What I Gotta Do 
Beastie Boys – Lighten Up 
Mac Miller – Right 
Lord Haiti – Altered Destiny 
Contour – Spring/Fall 
Submotion Orchestra – All Yours
Paul Cheery – Hello Again
Monsune – Jade
Nicola Cruz – Rio Branco

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I’m not gonna lie, New Music Friday helps me remember what day it is. I also like finding new sounds. Here are some of my favorite new finds + current releases. Hope you dig! I’m back on KCRW this (and next weekend) from noon to 3pm so you might hear some of these sprinkled into the sets. You can also listen directly from Spotify. Enjoy + be safe!

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It’s a new week and Im in the need of a good trip, so I figured for this week’s edition of Vala FM, we travel to Latin America and Africa with some of my favorite records. Hope you enjoy!

Vala FM Episode 11: Tracklist 

Boogaloo Assassins – No No No
Canario Y Su Grupo – Cortaron A Elena
Ruben Blades – Pedro Navaja
Black Rio Band – Cravo E Canela
Marco Valle and Azymuth – Não Tem Solução
Billy Hoyle – Tristeza E Solidao
Thalma De Freitas Maravihoso
Gnonnas Pedro – Yiri Yiri Boum
The Ogyatanaa Show Band – You Monopolise  Me
Cachao and Y Su Ritmo Caliente – Trombon Criollo
Sonora Dinamita – Eco En Stereo
Francis The Great – Look Up In the Sky
Julian Y Su Combo – Enyere Kumbara
Alejandro Duran – Cumbia Costena
Joe Bataan – Ordinary Guy
Zimbabwe Legit – Shadow’s Mix

Just wrapped up my set. Live streams give me anxiety to be honest. Technical glitches and not seeing your audience is challenging, but also liberating. I re-arranged my living room to make a set up proper for today’s session. Vashtie killed it with the old school jams and A-Trak, is just mo-f’kin A-Trak! Thanks to all who checked in and got down with us! That was truly fun. Thank you the sis Jasmine Solano and Patrick for making this happen.

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Thanks for all the feedback. This was suppose to be a 5 episode passionate project but hearing first hand stories from folks affected by Covid-19 personally and financially, this has turned into a healing project for you and I both.  This week we travel to Brooklyn, Nigeria, Brasil, Stockholm and elsewhere.  I hope this mix eases your mind. If you need to take your mind off things this Saturday,  I’m also excited about joining Vashtie, A-Trak and friends for this amazing live stream!

Be safe!

Vala FM: Episode 010 | Tracklist 

Somni – Evergreen
Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know
Jonti – NY Ghosts II
Monika and Cavetown – Cut My Hair
Beastie Boys – I don’t Know
Baths – Wistful
Tabansi Studio Band – Aka Hi Ego Ga Anu Nwan
Thundercat – Fair Chance (feat Ty Dolla Sign + Lil B)
Jameal Dean – Omi Eje Ota
Jon Hassell – Toucan Ocean
Esther Phillips – That’s Alright With Me
DKVPZ – Lunar
Yussef Days – For My Ladies
Axel Boman – Eyes Of Mind
Carlos Nino + Miguel Atwood Ferguson
The Comet Is Coming

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Influence: The Infamous
“Samples + Connecting of dots”

Grant Green – Maybe Tomorrow
Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst.
Dilated Peoples – Worst Comes To Worst
Barry Harris Trio and Al Cohn – Skylark
Interlude
Al Green – I Wish You Were Here
Nas – Represent
Esther Phillips- That’s All Right With Me
The Fatback Band – To Be With You
The Spinners – I’m Tired Of Giving
Normon Connors – Starship
Grover Washington Jr. – Black Frost
Less McCann – Benjamin
Herbie Hancock – Jessica
Quincy – Kitty With
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones
Brethren – Outside Love

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Back with some favorites sitting in the record shelves at the Casa del Vala. Hope you and yours are safe and these mixes can help you through uncertain times.

 

Vala FM: Sounds For Plant Lovers
Episode 009

VBND – Trying To Forget
Overmono – Quadraluv
Reyna Tropical – Oro
Unlisted: I Wanna Listen to Frank Ocean with u 5 Million Times
808 State – Pacific 202
Eli Escobar – The Music
Ivan Ave – Triple Double Love
Gene Russell – Up Up And Away
Buena Vista Social Club – Black Chicken 37
Lil Silva – Always Wonder (feat Cautious Clay)
Meernaa – 10/9
Nancy Wilson – You Don’t Know How Glad I Am
Flako – Wolkenlos
Nicola Cruz – Rio Branco
Please Wait, Ta-Ku and Matt Mcwaters – Cold
The Lewis Express – Clap Your Hands
Uphigh Collective – Blend (Feat. Delvis)
Nu Guinea – Nova Napoli
Aroop Roy – Flecha De Fogo

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Back with Episode 8. I truly hope you enjoy these mixes recorded from hope. My routines consist of dog walks and looking for new music to share. I wont be on KCRW for another two weeks so in the mean time, enjoy these episodes! Scroll down to check out more of Vala FM!

Vala FM: Sounds For Plant Lovers
Episode 008

Serengeti – Dennehy (RIP)
Para – Let. You Go
VHOOR – 2 Descendo
Somni – Unravel
Harvey Sutherland – Superego
Spencer. – Too Much
Myoboku – Cosaguapa
Emma-Jean Thackray – Movement
Ranil Y Su Conjunto – La Tuctuructia
Skinshape – Heartache
Daniel T – Kabaluere
Jonti – Bonus Harmony Song
Dwight Druick – George Porgy (Disco Version)
Foshe and Horatio Luna – Feels
Pierre Akendengue – Sesi
Barrie – Chinatown
Jon Lucien – Rashida
Nick Hakim – Qadir

Routines have been helpful. Including getting sun, stretching, yoga and passion projects in the evening.

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After a short hiatus and busy with the KCRW sets, I’m back with Episode 7 of Valadez FM. In this hour set, we travel to Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Brooklyn, and around the world. Enjoy!

Tracklist: Vala FM Episode 007 

Somni – Shine
Suff Daddy – Pompette
Ivan Ave – Triple Double Love
Ace Hoshimoto – You Don’t Have To Call
Jeshi – Kiss The Flame
Mounika. – Im Sorry
Subito – E Tutto, Fino L’Ombra
Maribel Tarfur – Summer Dreams
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Ballistic
Erick Cosaque – Gaudelupe, Ile De Mes Amor
Jake Sherman – Day One
Nate Smith – Leaping: Believe
Blaque Dynamite – 2917 Fairmount St.
Dj Python – Te Conoci
Shirley Finney – Lovely Day Just A Little Talk with Jesus
24 Carat Black – Ghetto Misfortune’s Wealthy
Shintaro Sakamoto – Extremely Bad Man
Flowervillain – Earf

 

 

 

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Had a blast brining in my 42 year on Earth on air this weekend. Pulled a few new gems into the set but also a few from the crates to help bolster the mood into something foot tapping and energetic. New Jake Sherman, Natalie Slade, Omar Apollo and our girl Ambar Lucid just dropped an amazing project! Also feeling this new Nils Frahm album to help ease me through the series of events we call life. Hope you enjoy! I’m back in a couple of weeks on KCRW but new episodes of VALA FM coming up!

 

Saturday April 11th | Listen

Yasuko Agawa – It’s My House
Minnie Riperton – All This Love I Have For You (Young Pulse Edit)
A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
Poolside w/ Fatnotronic – Esperar Pra Ver
Little Dragon – Rush
Jake Sherman – Jaja
Natalie Slade – Love Light
Ranil – Cumbia En Tu Soledad
Omar Apollo – Imagine U
Kenny Rogers – All I Ever Need Is You
Brandy – Sitting Up In My Room (Dru Dru Edit)
HER Songs – 4 AM Disco
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – C Slide
Elmer Bernstein – April In Paris
Amber Lucid – Cuando
Los Sop – Extende Tus Brazos
The JB’s – Get Up Off That Thing
Harvey Sutherland – Superego
Thundercat – Funny Thing
Jessie Reyez – Intruders
King Krule – Alone Omen 3
Bruno Major – Old Fashioned
Mac Miller Woods
Nils Frahm – First Defeat
Chicano Batman – Pink Elephant
El Michels Affair – Tearz
Liam Bailey – Please Love Me
Q Tip – Life Is Better (Feat. Norah Jones)
Nate Smith – If Love Wont, Can We Forgive Ourselves (Feat. Van Hunt)
Van Hunt – Character
Adrian Younge w/ Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Nao Saia Da Praca
Olivier St. Louis – Runnin’ Wild
Joni Mitchell – Chelsea Morning
Bill Withers – Heartbreak Road
Sly And The Family Stone – Everybody Is a Star
Ivan Ave – Nu Path
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Sweet Thing
Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love (Edit)
Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong (Dju Edit)
Voodoocuts – Vibrations
Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Ahmed Sirour Remix)
Willie Colon – La Murga
J Balvin and Bad Bunny – La Cancion
Ana Mazzotti – Feel Like Makin’ Love
Raveena – Heartbeat
J Dilla – Don’t Cry
Duendita – One Of One
Laneous – Modern Romance
Frank Ocean – Godspeed
Son Little – Never Give Up
Brainstory – Cover It Up
Foshe and Horatio Luna – Feels

 

Sunday April 12 | Listen 

Common – Resurrection
Kenny Rogers – All I Ever Need Is You
Joao Gilberto – Tin Tin Por Tin Tin
Pat Rhoden – Livin For The City
Foster Sylvers – Misdemeanor
Little Dragon – Every Rain
Eddie Harris – Inside You
Childish Gambino – Sober
Yusek – Do Beijo
Acidslop – Lament for The Sky
Mahalia – Simmer (NAO Remix)
Bill Withers – Just The Two Of Us (Franchise Edit)
Chicano Batman – Pink Elephant
Ranil – Las Olados
Radiohead – Reckoner Z
Goldlink – Some Girls (feat Steve Lacy)
Toro Y Moi – Campo
Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
Nick Hakim – Qadir
Cleo Sol – Young Love
William Bell – I Forgot to Be Your Lover
El Michels Affair – Enfant (Feat The Shacks)
The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You
Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph (Instrumental)
Myoboku – WTF Cafe
Natalie Slade – Humidity
Hiatus Kaiyote – Nakamara (Feat. Q Tip)
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Remix)
Khruangbin x Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Nick Bike Edit)
Ambar Lucid – The Garden Song
Gagle – Good To Go
Jessie Reyes – Far Away
Kool and the Gang – Summer Madness (Bossa Edit)
Bobby Caldwell – What You don’t Do For Love (Edit)
Y’skid – Sucker for Love
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Wind Surf
Mac Miller – Good News
Mac Miller – Circles
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Jon Bap – Don’t Run Into the Sun So Quick
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Celia Cruz – La Vida Es Un Carnaval
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely (Young Pulse Edit)
Chaka Khan – I Know You, I Love You
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
Cherelle – I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On
Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This
Los Exagerados – Panama Esta Bueno
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around
Bill Evans – Peace Piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve done this gig hundreds of times. Being on air during the passing of Kobe and Nipsey, the fires in SoCal, the passing of my estranger mother, break ups, etc etc. But nothing could prepare me for the emotional weight under the current circumstances of the world and fresh off the loss of Bill Withers. I asked listeners to connect with me in real time on social media. The heaviness of messages, support and human emotions that tsunami’d through my inbox was humbling.  Grateful for all of you.

Saturday | April 4 | Listen 

Bill Withers – My Imagination
Amber Mark – Heart Shaped Box
Mac Miller – Circles
HER Songs – 4 AM
Jon Brion – Theme
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Forest Law – Vox Baixo
Phenomenal Handclap Band – Do What You Like
Trammps – Rubber Band (Jim Sharp Edit)
O’Donel Levy – People Make The World Go Round
Minnie Ripperton x Tribe Called Quest – Check Minnie’s Love
El Buho and Barda – Hornero
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Bruna Mendez – Corpo Miragem
Aldorande – Summer Body
Eric B And Rakim – Paid And Full
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Stevie Wonder – Hey Love
Braxton Cook – Aries
Holy Hive – Broom
Adrian Young + Ali Shaheed Muhammad – No Saia Da Praca
James Alexander Bright
Olivier St. Louis
Full Crate – Pump Up The Jam
Full Crate – Getaway
Super Combo – Moin Domi Derho
Kaytranada – If
DRAMA – Billy
The Joubert Singers – That’s How We Work
Whitfield Brothers – Let It Whip
Duendita – One Of One
Bill Withers – Make A Smile For Me
James Blake – I’ll Come Too
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – Midnight
Meshell Ndegeocello – Oysters
Little Dragon – Every Rain
Nonku Phiri – Sifo
Super Elcados – How Much I Love You
Hiatus Kaiyote – The World It Softly Lulls
Cleo Sol – Rewind
Contact Field Orchestra – Les Shamans Prosthetics
Nick Hakim – Qadir
El Michels Affair – Enfant
Joao Gilberto – Triste
Suff Daddy – On My Mind
Donny Hathaway – Jealous Guy (Paul Nice Flip)
Jay Z – Hard Knock Life
Bill Withers – You
Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands
Blackstreet x Quantic – No Diggity
Nightmares On Wax – 195 LBS
Thundercat – Black Quails

 

 

Sunday | April 5 | Listen

Shirley Finney – Lovely Day, Just A Little Talk With Jesus
Tom Moulton – Love Don’t Come Easy (Pied Piper Reboot)
Tess Henley – La La Land
Peter Ivers – I’ve Seen Your Face Before
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
El Buho and Thornato – Sky City
Duendtia – One Of one
Nick Drake – Northern Sky
Sly and The Family Stone – Wishful Thinkin’
Nick Hakim – Qadir
Anderson Paak – Til It’s Over
Justice Der – Astrothunder
Mac Miller – Good News
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone
Benard Purdie – What’s Going On? Lovely Day
Bill Withers – Kissing My Love
J Balvin and Bad Bunny – La Cancion (King Most Edit)
Dj Numark – Our Generation
Yarbrough and Peoples – Don’t Stop the Music
Flowervillain – Earf
Son Little – Hey Rose
Yaeji – When I Grow Up
Gorgon City – Nobody (Feat. DRAMA)
Doja Cat – Say So (Nick Bike Edit)
Father M.C – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Feat Jodeci)
Adolfo Echeverria – Sabrosa Bacalao
M.Ward – Migration Of Souls
The Isley Brothers – Who’s That Lady
Los Miticos Del Ritmo – Hotline Bling
Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Edit)
Snoh Aalegra – Nothing Burns Like The Cold (Feat. Vince Staples)
Toro Y Moi – Lilly
Miles Davis – So What
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Jerry Paper – Puppeteer
Holy Hive – Blue Light
Cleo Sol – Young Love
Bosco – Champagne
Bruna Mendez – Imagem Em Mim
Van Hunt – Out Of the Sky
Prince – Pop Life
Syreeta – I Love Every Little Thing About You
The Soul Rebels Brass Band – Lovely Day
Bill Withers and Studio Rio – Loverly Day
Robert Roena y Su Apollo Band – Que Se Sepa
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots

 

Here are some clips sent in from listeners in their listening environments.

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It’s #NewMusicFriday (Thanks Tay for the kick in the butt) and it’s been a tough day (RIP Bill Withers) and a tough month (RIP Sanity), but the music continues to find it’s way into people’s ears and hearts. I’m curious to hear what music will feel and sound like 4 months from now. Thundercat and Nick Hakim seemed to have tapped into the mood prior to all this. Listen to the full playlist here. Be safe!

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Sounds for Plant Lovers. Episode 6 features words from the late great Nipsey Hussle who passed away a year ago yesterday on March 31st. Inserted are clips from our conversation including music to help you get through the day. Enjoy.

VALA FM FM 006: Tracklist

Words with Nipsey
Nipsey Hussle – Double Up
Money Chicha – Ponte Loca
Stro Elliott – Lake Minnetonka
Fania All Stars – El Raton
Shigeto – Ann Arbor Pt 3 and 4
Words with Nipsey
Marvin Gaye – I Want You (GAMM Edit)
Khayote – Aloe Vera
Young Pulse – Work To Do
Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie
Words with Nipsey
Herbie Mann – Todos Locos (Live Version)
Bobby Mcferrin – Taylor MAde
Boom Clap Bachelors – Tiden Flyver
The Dynamics – The Creator Has A Master Plan
Nipsey Hussle – No Favours (aywy Edit)

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Hope you all have enjoyed previous episodes. This is a labor of love, passion project that I truly enjoy doing. Im also enjoying the feedback from folks. Thank you! More to come. Keep your head up and please be safe.

Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4

VALA FM FM 005: Tracklist

Eddie Kendricks – My People Hold On
Lucho Neves Y Su Orquesta – Mambo de Machaguay
Whitfield Brothers – Let It Whip
The Bombay Royale – Phone Baje Na
Miles Bonny – 5 O Clock Suff (Live Version)
Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart
Criolo – Nao Existe Amor Em Sp
Marva Whitney – Sunny
Jazzanova – Title Bird with Jose James
Mo Kolors – Afro Quarters
The Blassics – Nurona Bilhatu
Serpentwithfeet – Four Ethers