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.
New sounds from Photay, Clap! Clap!, Terrace Martin teams up with Leon Bridges, 79’rs Gang out of New Orleans delivers a heater + gems from Yellow Days and Adrian Young + crew continue to just grind in 2020. Listen here for best listening experience.
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)
All sorts of new + current flavors from the likes of Hanni El Khatib, Nick Hakim, Kamasi Washington, Dijon, Kenny Hoopla, Bad Bunny, Rafa Pabön + more. Listen here via Spotify!
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
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!
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.
The latest and greatest, the new and few, etc etc. Here are some recent releases that are truly helping me pass time during quarantine. Jamie XX came through with a banger, Tyler The Creator remixes a heartfelt gem and Local Natives have a head banger. I’m here for it. Hope you dig! You can listen directly here via Spotify.
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!
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
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
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
Here’s a snapshot of new releases + current faves. This new Fiona Apple has been on repeat all night. Duendita continues make amazing sounds while Nick Hakim stays in the headphones. Also make sure to check out my latest episode of Vala FM. But to listen to the full Spotify experience of my New Friday playlist, listen here.
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
So stoked to see the debut release from Ambar Lucid + new gems from Omar Apollo,
Tenderlononious, Sebastien Tellier + Nate Smith. So much heat during this lock down period to enjoy. You can head over to Spotify and listen to the direct link.
Hey friends + fam.
New Music Friday continues during such uncertain times but I truly hope all this music helps with a little escape. I just purged through old records to make way for new sounds. Listen directly via Spotify here. Canada comes in strong with the new PartyNextDoor and Jessie Reyez who has one of the freshest voices in music today. Also on the radar is new KNXWLEDGE w/ Anderson .Paak, And don’t sleep on Cleo Sol. Her whole production on this new album is timeless.
Here we are. Day ___ of being in isolation. So much to be grateful for and if anything, the current times have humbled me greatly. I am super positive and thinking of steps forward when this is all done, both creatively or professionally. But I did want to share my 5 songs to help you get through the day. Sending love to all.
- Announcement – VALA FM goes live on IG on Friday March 27 at 10 pm (PST) Follow @anthonyvaladez for details.
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day.
When pop taps into house music, it’s a hit or miss. But with Whitney its a home run. I’ve placed this into my dj sets previously but I couldn’t think of a better time to rock this song. But yo, this live version! Good lord! Im currently watching this and the chorus is fire!
Kate Tempest – Hold Your Own
Wether it’s the recorded version with music or this version live, listen to the words. May it punch you in the gut and inspire you the way it does me.
Build An Ark – Equipose
This was a magical time for LA when so many of it’s gems and musicians came together under the moniker of Build An Ark. Mia Doi Todd, Nick Rosen, Nate Morgan, Dwight Trible, Mark Maxwell, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, B+, Gaby Hernandez, Damon Aaron, Dexter Story, Carlos Niño and many many others came together and created some of the moving sounds on record. True story, I caught Build An Ark at an in-store a few years back and was moved to tears thanks to Dwight Trible.
Aretha Franklin – Say A Little Prayer
The adlibs alone stand stronger than most lyrics in today’s hits. This performance makes me want to time travel and give Aretha a hug. What makes this song so perfect is not just the beauty of optimism, the string section, the back ground vocals, but the drive of the song and it’s peaks and valleys. Right when you feel so alive, the song breaths only to build back up. But yea, that beauty of optimism…
Moses Sumney – Doomed
I played with Moses Sumney in Chicago and when he performed this song live you could hear a pin drop. This entire song and all its magical parts are life. Moses should be protected at all costs during these times.
Wasn’t sure how often I’d do this but got positive feedback. I truly hope this adds value to your everyday lives. Ive maintained routines which include yoga in the living room, reading, dog walks and still looking for new and exciting sounds. I’m positive we will come out of this better people. You can check out more of my mixes here. If you missed Episode 1, enjoy!
VALA FM 002 : Tracklist
Sounds for Plant lovers –
Kate Tempest – Hold Your Own
Build An Ark – Equipoise
Phillip Owusu – Good Night
Dj Rodgers – If You Didn’t Love Me
Eunice Collins – At The Hotel
Clever Austin – A5
Khruangbin – White Gloves
Furns – Sparks
Donald Byrd – Close Your Eyes and Look Within
Clammbon – Imaginary Folklore (Nujabes Edit)
Tevo Howard – Politics and Romance
Munchi – Madre No Llores
King Krule – Alone, Omen 3
Lex Amor – Pink
Allysha Joy – Orbit
Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
Coming to you from the home base of Venice Ca. Wont be back on KCRW till April but wanted to share some heartfelt gems. No up tempo club sets but rather hand picked records that I hope brighten up your vibe. Would love your feedback! Hit me on email, lets check in. anthonyvaladez (@) gmail.com
VALA FM 001
Sounds for Plant lovers –
Bruno Major – Like Someone in Love
Girma Hadgu – I Can’t Live With Out You
Minnie Ripperton- Les Fleur
Bobby Glenn – Sounds Like A Love Song
Willie Griffin – Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love
Takashi Yoshimatsu – The Age Of Birds Op 25-3
Toro Y Moi – Cola
Ty Dolla Sign w/ Thundercat – Fair Chance (Unreleased)
Mac Miller – Nothing For Nothing (Billy Preston Cover)
Kid Koala – Moon River (Studio Version)
Aretha Franklin – Didn’t I
Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) – Rouge Tree (Solo Version)
Jhene Aiko – Mirrors (Remix)
Massive Attack – Exchange
The Strokes – Ill Try Anything Once (Demo Version)
Thom Yorke – Dawn Chorus
Space Ghost – Color Waves
Chamos : Talk Too Much
Andres: Jungle Pain
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
Crazy times we I’ve in but the show must go on and the beat don’t stop. It’s New Music Friday to help keep us all sane and I couldn’t be more happier with my soundtrack. Normally I would be prepping for my weekend radio show and tonight’s gig but like Kanye once said “When you make plans, God laugh’s”. Please hit me via email if you need to talk, chat. I’m here.
Slide into the dm’s/emails: anthonyvaladez (@) gmail.com
New gems from the Mac Miller deluxe release, Kutmah delivers on All City and a reissue from Hiroshi Yoshimura. Also new Villagers, Louis Prince, Sam Gendel covers as classic and Onipa with the world vibes. And big hometown love to Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhannad’s new project titled “Jazz Is Dead“. Hope you dig. Listen directly here.
Here we go! A new batch of positive gems to help me/you get through the day. How are you by the way? I’ve been hanging with my pup, reading the Death of WCW, listening to lots of NTS Radio, Dublab, MBE and various other stations. Also taking lots of cool pics. Okay, hit play and peep some of my favorite gems that lift my spirit. Hope the lift yours.
Children Of Zeus – No Sunshine Tomorrow
UK’s Children Of Zeus struck with this one some time ago but it always gives me the chills. Feels timely.
Bruna Mendez – Corpo Miragem
Sultry, soulful and beautiful. Can not get enough of this clip + song.
Contour – Stop Trying to Be God (Travis Scott Cover)
Hailing out of South Carolina, this kid is creating his own lane. I’m a fan. He has new music out but this cover of Travis Scott is all the vibes I need today.
Joe Arroyo – Rebellion
I remember visiting Colombia late last year and hearing this record through out Bogotà. It’s always been a dance floor killer here in LA but to hear it in it’s roots powerful. This one never gets old.
Yusef Lateef – Love Theme From Spartacus
I know children that were born and couples that had their first dance to this beautiful gem. I remember hitching a ride to San Diego with Carlos Niño to meet brother Lateef. He was a true humble spirit.
Here are some of my favorite recent releases that are fresh on the radar for the past 2 weeks. BROCKHAMPTON team up with Dua Lipa, UK producer Kamaal Williams goes live, Jhene Aiko returns with her sultry feel (Born Tired is my new anthem) and Disclosure rework a dance floor classic. Indie phenom Mk.gee is back with a heater alongside The Maries, Medsasin w/ Cautious Clay and the return of one of my personal heroes, Tricky. Go to Spotify direct to listen!
New songs pulled from my recent KCRW set except for the Terrance Etc. cut. Peep below!
Terrance Etc. – Infinince or Infinity
This song has been on repeat nonstop in my ear buds. From coffee runs to dog walks, on the road or while sitting in the steam room at the Y during work outs. Terrance has directed amazing videos and behind HBO’s Random Acts Of Flyness. And to hear his sonic offering has been a blessing to my ears.
DRAMA – Billy
An oldie but goodie. Got the chance to hang with them in Chicago while working on the Place In Sound podcast. Now signed to Ghostly, we are witnessing their growth, but Billy will always have a home in my heart.
Hanni El Khatib – Stressy
With Hanni, you never know if your getting grit, soul or even something other. I love that about his music. Wait Wait Wait still remains a favorite. This beat reminds me of 90’s Chemical Brothers. There are lots of things happening in this one song. I dig.
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
The genius reigns supreme. Last night I played this song on KCRW and I wanted to figure out why I actually loved this song. Thundercat channels 70’s soul with 2040 lyrics. He connects worlds, but most importantly he’s having fun.
Ben Chandler – Sad Boy
Don’t know much about him, but I’m here for it!
To be blunt, growing up in the 80’s, this gem was always the funny weird song on the radio that would play from my mother’s yellow VW Bug car speakers. We would take night trips to MacArthur Park where she would pick up dope to redistribute as a dealer. I would then take the bags, place into my left sock, look out the window and this song would pop up on the fm dial with out fail. I knew no better but the music on the radio made everything okay. Getting back to Once In A Lifetime, It made made me dizzy. Not sure if it was the chorus or David Byrne’s vocals. Years later, I have some white in my beard, a few new wrinkles under my eyes, my mother and there VW are both long gone and no song speaks to my soul more than Once In A Lifetime. The examination of your journey from a to b in the form of a timeless pop song is such a revolutionary thing.
Watching DB perform this song last night on SNL was a win for timeless music. It was a win for performance art and perhaps the reason why I now gravitate towards things I never understood as a kid. It’s the reason why I’ll sit through an 14 minute short feature with David Lynch talking to monkey.
I had the pleasure of listening to David Byrne speak at SXSW with my pal Tyler Hale and it was one of those life changing moments. Thoughts and ideas of building a better world coming from the guy who use to make me dizzy. Imagine that.
From New Edition to Morrissey, Thom Yorke to Takashi Yoshimatsu, I got you. Cause not everyone’s Teddy Pendergrass tomorrow night on Valentine’s Night. My favorite movie of all time is Manchester By The Sea, so you know this is the vibe. Listen directly on Spotify.
Gems from Belgium, Philly, South London and Queens. You can check out these artists on my weekend show on 89.9 FM in LA on KCRW or my various Spotify playlists which you can scroll down and find.
This new ep titled Madelyn from Belgium’s Jaguar Jaguar has some sweet drum breaks and synths that touch on various genres and moods. The band spent some time in France away from civilization to record this new EP. I dig.
South London continues to give us more under the radar – raw – singer songwriters that sound amazing. Inspired by Joni Mitchell, Marley and The Beatles, Cosmo’s utilization of the instrumentation is more of a blend of Liam Bailey meets King Krule. But in a very good way.
This one is a tear jerker. I first heard this and stopped everything I was doing. Played it on my weekend radio show and again, stopped me. ALOHA is the new album and filled with feel good soul that can heal or help with the challenges of life. It’s honest, real and emotional, yet also a celebration of life. Philly artists always packages these elements together with grace.
Martha’s voice is chilling. If you get a chance check out “Fool”. Youtube won’t let me upload so, do yourself a favor, pull it up, grab the tissue and prepare for artist moody brilliance. Watch!
This sultry songstress continues where she left off in keeping everything I loved about her last album, LUCID. MOONSTONE is her latest EP continues to keep me on my toes with what direction she may grow into. I’m a big fan of all her work and enjoy her evolution.
Gems found from across the blogosphere for your enjoyment and musical get away. Best listening experience is direct from Spotify.
Some new adds for this week’s playlist. It’s been a rather interesting weekend for me personally. Folks from my past resurfacing, a change of moods and battling a returning cold. Music helps us push forward, right? I’m challenging myself to set goals in addition to my physical work outs to help me get out of this funk. What works for you? Let me know. Hope you enjoy these new adds. Make sure to subscribe and you can listen directly on Spotify.
Here we go! 5 artists with cuts that are freshly scraped from this weekend’s KCRW playlists. Every week I dig through record bins and the blogosphere to find something new and different. These artists carry that torch.
The return of the electronic producer known for his work with Hercules and Love Affair, Metronomy and others is back with a beautiful forthcoming LP. This single titled Illusion of Time stopped me in my tracks. It has hints of the Uncut Gems soundtrack but also has it’s own unique texture.
Been a fan for a minute then randomly stumbled into one of their shows last year at SXSW. Was a surprise to see them backing Megan Thee Stallion on NPR’s Tiny Desk late last year and I’m just super proud as a music fan to see their growth.
I know very very little about this artist but what I do know is his voice is all chills. Out of Yorkshire, this amazing singer/songwriter opened for Billie Eilish during the European leg of her tour. I really hope this brother continues his amazing journey.
Tyler The Creator
Fresh off his recent Grammy win for best rap album for IGOR, Tyler delivers what sounds to possibly something left off the album? Regardless, Best Interest is the jam! It’s got that soul sample element we all loved in early Kanye, the flip of the vocal speed at the start, the raspy verse of Tyler, the chord change we appreciate in Earfquake, and the subject seems to take us where we left off with Frank Ocean’s Self Control.
Melbourne continues to deliver top notch forward thinking soul. Self taught, dj/producer ACIDSLOP has such a unique grit that channels Fly Lo, day time disco and Sly Stone into one interesting body of work. Listen to more here.
New adds this week for the Sonic Safari on Spotify, mostly scraped from my KCRW sets which you can listen to here. Don’t forget to subscribe as I add new gems daily. Go explore!
I’ve been meaning to make one of these for some time. A Monday playlist consisting of vibe, texture and grit to emotionally get you going. You can check out the playlist directly here or simply hit play below. Also make sure to check out my Sonic Safari playlist with new releases and updated weekly! Have a great week!
New adds weekly scraped from my most recent KCRW sets + in record bins across LA and the world. The hunt for new sounds (especially in 2020) just never stops. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Welcome back! New + recent bin finds from some of my favorites. This week we travel to Brooklyn, Tokyo, Memphis and check out a new releases from the almighty Jeff Parker. A quick reminder, these gems were all featured on last week’s KCRW set which you can listen to here!
TAKASHI YOSHIMATSU – THE AGE OF BIRDS , OP 25
Takashi is a contemporary composer and still active in music today at the age of 66. In 1974 his stylings were inspired by Pink Floyd. Currently he is into illustration and drawing. Any person that loves to doodle and utilizes heavy strings in their music is okay with me!
KOTA THE FRIEND – SATURDAY
Brooklyn’s very own Kota The Friend is a sonic blend that reminds of me Saba and the Chicago sound but with a solid twist and with his own unique styling. Saturday is a testament to him bringing something new in music today.
MULHERIN – ALL TO MYSELF
Not sure how I found about these two. Maybe on Zack Villere’s twitter feed or on Heard Well, regardless tho, Parker and Marshall connect on some solid material connecting LA and Memphis. Catch them on tour! Dates here.
JUSTICE DER – NIKES
Justice Der covers have been my soundtrack for the past 3 years. It’ my go to during my radio show during certain reflective moods. His Frank Ocean covers add depth to already deep sounds. It will be a matter of time before Justice is in the studio with sonic heavyweights and his own material reaches the masses.
JEFF PARKER – 3 FOR L
Chicago’s Jeff Parker is back with a new album on International Anthem titled Sweet for Max Brown. As usual, its nothing but hot sauce for the soul. Jeff never ceases to amaze me with his skill and precision behind the guitar.
Ever since I begun my practice, I’ve felt a total shift in my energy, outlook and connection to my breathing. Thanks to my current fave, Danielle Zuccarelli and her outstanding taste in music during our practices, I’ve wanted to create a playlist that helps channel my energy into a special place. Traffic, daily stress and various other variables tend to get into my way and music has always had that. So here’s another curated set with various tempos but helpful for your escape. Don’t forget you can always check out my Sonic Safari playlist (new music + timeless favorites) and my KCRW sets as well.
Favorites Arlo Parks teams up with Easy Life for this awesome duet where the chorus just shines and punches you in the gut!
This artist just popped up on my radar. Turns out, Im super familiar due to his work with Frank Ocean, Solange and others. Out of Paris, Chassol has scored some horror flicks but shines on his personal projects. This live version of Bwa Brilè is something special!
Khurangbin + Leon Bridges
Leon’s vocals melt away on this new single from their forthcoming project Texas Sun which drops Feb 7th. And as always, Dj’s drums are always perfect in the pocket and mic’d just right.
Hailing out of France via Mali, Aya is set rock Coachella. Pookie is a personal favorite and something Im looking forward to playing in the clubs.
This voice is gold. It’s haunting and in the spirit of Nina Simone or Serpentwithfeet. Nonetheless, the East London songwriter has teamed with Theophilus London and I’m looking forward to hearing more of his work.
Archie’s back with (Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On. New single from his forthcoming 3rd album titled Man Alive! set to drop Feb21. Each album has had it’s own vibe and if this single is any indication of what’s to come I’m here for it.
Lots of new releases and finds in 2020 and only 14 days in. Don’t forget to follow my weekly Sonic Safari spotify playlists or keep tabs on my recent KCRW sets. In the mean time, here are a few stand outs found this week. More to come!
Just got hip to this creative out of North Carolina. Here’s a taste of Bedroom Hollywood. The minute I hit play on “The Kids” I got the shivers on my skin. Solid
Hailing out of Philly, this no over night success has been putting in work. Just popped up on my radar with his latest release titled Black Hole Rainbow which is produced from by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes/The War On Drugs). It’s gritty, loose and feel good soul. The minute you hear Devon’s voice, you know you hit something special.
This iconic Brazilian singer/songwriter/producer has been in the game for over 50 years and at the age of 76 just released Cinzento which exemplifies his timeless ear for soulful sonics.
I got to build with Devin Morrison last year and had no idea of his adventures and living in Japan. Recently featured on the recent Phonte solo album, I’m happy to see him continuing his journey and building his sound. Casper definitely sounds out of the box unable to label. I dig! And the layering of these harmonies!!
This Thursday, Jan 17th is the release for Circles. The completed album by Jon Brion and a considered companion piece to Swimming. I got tired of trying to convince folks who thought they had Mac figured out as another rapper. I mentioned his work with Thundercat, Fly Lo, Bilal + Little Dragon. I mentioned his ability to write actual songs with chord changes. I mentioned his ability to be a multi instrumentalist. This song is everything I tried to tell them. And this video tho.
Honorable mention: STRETCH AND BOBBITO
I mean, two of the biggest music lovers I know working with a full band (The M19’s) and covering some of the classics with heart and soul? C’mon!
New adds this week top the playlist. Don’t forget to add the Sonic Safari for new finds, record bin discoveries and more.
Here we go! 5 gems of the week. Strong in rotation and you can find on my weekly KCRW shows.
Carmack has demonstrated his growth on his new album, VIISTA. Looking forward to seeing this experience live! Carmack has strength on the beats but seeing is growth into creating a solid sonic landscape into song building is promising!
Hiatus Kaiyote’s Clever Austin returns with some melodic gems. Shout outs to Si of Wondercore for passing this may way during his recent LA visit.
As I was prepping for a set earlier in the year, somehow Daniela Andrade popped up on my radar. This bilingual artist had a catalogue of covers and I was trying to figure her out but her new material finds this amazing songstress developing her footing.
Can’t front. This is my shit! If you have listened to my weekly show on 89.9 FM in LA then odds are you have heard this gem at least a zillion times..
Vibes galore all over this beautiful gem from Fallen Roses. Hannah Jenkins kills this cut.
Had a blast checking out Sneakertopia. You can listen to me and Frances Anderson, host of KCRW’s DNA explore this wonderful exhibit that’s running till December. Listen here!
Here we go! 5 new favorites that crossed my path this weekend while browsing through my usual rabbit hole of finding new gems. From Baltimore to Brazil, Sydney to the Inland Empire, here’s what I found.
This video tho. I love the dynamics in this cut. Dijon has been on my radar for sometime but now, he’s in rotation. Insert hand clapping emoji here.
Her voice is like butter. Thanks to Si for passing this my way. Natalie should be on your radar. Worked with Simon from Hiatus Kaiyote and forthcoming album on Eglo in 2020! I’m sold on this Aussie talent.
In my head I thought MMYYKK was this vocalist from Philly, grown man on some grown man ish. Turns out his soundcloud account is full of gems and I think he’s young and from SoCal. The chord changes below tho. Fire.
This voice. So strong, forceful and out of Brazil. I played this cut this weekend on KCRW and it just punched me in the gut. Good gibes coming from Luedji.
I went through the rabbit hole and found this amazing band. This trio hailing from Brazil are bringing something new to the table. More here.
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Here we go! 5 Artists with recent and timeless sounds that should be on your radar. I’ve been biking a lot more and these are the gems that are on repeat in the AirPods. Let’s kick this off, shall we?
Something Kaytranada minus the lo hi filters. An 8 person squad from Vermont. Who woulda thought? More here.
Heater here. Been playing this for some time on the radio. But Carsen has been on the grind since popping on my radar in 2018.
Something unique here. Video is dope too! Production is equally tight. Hailing out of London, former waiter with a love for ACDC and Guns N’ Roses.
2-5 years from now this brother will be a house hold name. He seems to contribute or add production to just about every buzz record. He makes amazing videos too. More here. BTW, here’s an old video but a testament to him being timeless.
He’s back with a brand new heater channeling our inner Bad Bunny. Fire tho!
I’ve noticed I spent way too much time focusing on new artists and wanted to dig in the crates a bit. I came across this album last week and specifically this song which just hits all the vibes with the strings and children’s choir. Album artwork is super fresh too! Fernando is still alive and lives in homeland of Brazil. He lived in exile in Paris as a participant in activism against Brazil.
22-year-old Norwegian Jakob Ogawa hits the spots with this single. Summer vibe for a Fall day is how I would describe this tone.
This band hails from Nigeria and it spot on in it’s connection to 70’s JB sounds. Sadly the band only recorded 3 albums. Thanks for Mr. Bongo you can grab their sounds.
It was this cover of Stevie Wonder’s Golden Lady that first caught my attention. I thought this was an old recording only to find out it’s an active band out of New York formed in 2014 and blends soul with afro rican rhythms. More info here!
Takes guts to name your band off a Badu record but these gents from London nail some gritty soul. They have charted in Japan with a remix from Mitsu The Beats.
Omar’s been on my radar. He’s a funny and super tall dude. I figure since he just dropped his new video for Erase, I’d show him some well deserved love. As of 40 minutes ago this new video for Kickback just premiered. And in the usual Omar Apollo humor we see him having a good time with a cheeky ending. Omar can do no wrong with his song delivery and fun time video capture.
Every week I get a new batch of music and search hardcore for new music. Not sure how I came across this one from Blu DeTiger but I’m a huge fan of what happens around the 2 minute mark of this song, the horn hits and the chill vibe of this gem. Shout outs to this 20 year old creative out of NYC!
Homeboy Sandman is no over night success. Ive been long excited about the work of Homebody Sandman. I’ve seen him several times at SXSW live and am always blown away. I’m also a fan of his choice of beats to rhyme over. Far Out is my current fave from this NYC emcee. Dusty is out now. Grab it.
Again, not sure how I came across Berhana but Pomo on the beat makes this feel so familiar. Based out of ATL, Berhana collaborates with South Korea R&B vocalist Crush on this beautiful cut.
This 4 on the floor gets me moving every time. And this video is super mesmerizing. Listen to more of his work here.
45 minutes of songs to help ease you out of Summer and into the Fall mood. Stream it or enjoy this free download (limited time). If you follow my adventures on Instagram odds are you saw many of my shots of Venice Beach, the sand, the dog walks. It’s been a magical time so I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap things up then with this perfect soundtrack. Enjoy!
Biig Piig – Vete
Easy Life – Silverado
Clairo – Close To You
The Comet Is Coming – Birth Of Creation
Faye Webster – Flowers
Evisbeats – Nantonaku Ft. Takahashi Tom
Ta-Ku – White
Vulture Street Tape Gang – House Is Falling Down
Bakar- Stop Selling Her Drugs (Feat. Dominic Fike)
Freddie Gibbs w/ Madlib – Gat Damn
Somepling – AutumnMaps
Pablo – High Jazz (Grooveman Spot Remix)
Teebs – Mirror Memory
KNXLEDGE – JSTFRENDS.
Guts – Ja Nao Ha Miaz
Berhana – Lucky Strike
Black Friction – Eto
Tainy – Feel It Too
Sault – Think About It
Seb Wildblood – Thought For Food
Roy Blair – Fantazia
Brittany Howard – Goat Head
Not only does this beat bump, but Brittany is dropping some serious knowledge on her experience as a bi-racial woman. I played this cut on Sunday’s KCRW show and almost lost my mind on the drums. Brittany is seriously pushing new ground outside of Alabama Shakes and I dig it.
Timing is everything. Give Daniela some time. I’m a fan of her sound and especially this video for Genesis. This Canadian singer/songwriter is creating her own lane utilizing Youtube and various other platforms as her creative outlet.
This new album is really hard to put into a box. One of the reasons why I appreciate it.
New release from Finneas. Thought this was some newcomer, did my research, and wow. Heavyweight! Lol. Still slaps tho!
Another heavyweight who should be on your radar. You have sung her hooks on classics but when she records on her solo material, she pushes boundaries with vocal loops, panning and just sonic goods.