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.
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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.
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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.