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.
Babeheaven caught my attention sometime last year. Nancy Andersen’s voice is soothing and perfect alongside Jamie Travis’s contribution to their sound. Listen to more of their sound.
Sault may have one of my top 3 albums of the year alongside IGOR and Oncle Jazz by Men I Trust. I dont know much about this band which is kind of what I love and appreciate. I miss mystery in music. But their timeless sonics at times makes me think they are from the early 70’s, possibly future soul? I cant quite put my finger on it. I love it! Judge for yourself with a listen.
I’ve been playing for a year and it’s nice to see her evolution. Originally from Ireland and blending so many different genres together effortlessly, Sunny hits perfectly during my KCRW sets.
Ive been getting their music sent to me from Rhythm Section International and even since Ive been in love with every cut sent. Amazing future jazz/R&b out of Australia with hints of Hiatus Kaiyote but absolutely their own.
Men I Trust
I’m absolutely happy this Canadian band kept production simple and soft. Soft as in each kick, snare, key pad and vocal hits the way it should with out anything being loud and in excess. Oncle Jazz is easily in my top 5 of the year.
Bonus // Guilty Pleasure // Bad Bunny with J Balvin
La Canción has been on repeat all summer long. Not sure if it’s the somber tone of this banger. It’s something I cant quite play in the club during my sets but works well during my radio sets. I was expecting something entirely different from these two heavyweights, but when La Cancion came on my radar, I was not only impressed but really in love with the record’s simplicity.
Here we go! New week and new batch of favorites who have been on the grind for some time. You can listen to the cuts from last week’s KCRW sets here. But I wanted to give them some extra shine on the site. Hope you dig! Lets get down to this week’s 5!
I got hip to this band via Big Crown which has been one of my go to labels of 2019. The trio is from multiple parts of the US but sonically feel so connected with their passion for soul and folk.
My discovery of the band headed by David Loca came courtesy of Tyler The Creator who sampled part of their music for one of my favorite cuts of IGOR, Puppet. I searched from the original song and was blown away by Loca’s production and lazy sway of sounds. “It’s Alright With Me” sounds like it was pulled from the record bins from someone’s timeless 70’s record collection.
LA’s very own also part of the Big Crown family. I had the honor of hosting them for my City Beats music series and these are three of the most laid back artists I enjoyed talking music with. They know how to ride something and let it breath and groove but know when to twist it up into something special and different. Not an easy feast to do but similar in the vain of Hiatus Kaiyote.
This voice is so unique and special. I recently played Nostalgia on the air at KCRW and got the chills. Not sure if the warped sample, his voice or drum programming but it all mixes so well. Looking forward to hearing more of his work and collabs.
I was hesitant to putting Mac’s name on this list since he has already been getting lots of love on blogs and music sites but his music is just that dam good. I’ve gotten feedback that there are hints of a young D’Angelo or Smoky Robinson. He definitely has his own sound. LA, he’s coming to town in November!
So a bit more time on my hands these days. This gives me more time to search deeper and harder for my weekend radio show. Instead of relying on on the same music that gets serviced to myself and the million of radio dj’s, I take great pride in digging in record bins, blogs and folks creating master pieces at home. Behold, 5 artists I came across the truly move me and hopefully move you!
Fresh out of London with a unique voice. Hell N Back has been on rotation on my KCRW sets and he has received co-signs from Elton John and Skepta. Check out his debut release BadKid when you get a chance!
I just picked up this Charlottesville singer/songwriter’s latest EP “I Dont Wanna Lose” and instantly fell in love with the lazy notes and chords sprinkled into this beautiful project. Another gem in rotation during my KCRW sets. Check out her soundcloud when you get a chance.
Looking forward to linking with this London singer/songwriter while she is in LA. Her latest EP titled Sensitive Soul moves me every time. I can think of the last time a new artist has sent chills down my spine with such meaningful harmonies.
Heard this cut in my yoga class and can not get enough of FARR. This lovely cover does justice to its cover of La Roux’s classic. More gems courtesy of FARR’s soundcloud.
While browsing through my emails and music submissions, this gem stood out. TIMEE has the guitar swag of Mac Demarco or Steve Lacey with 90’s drum samples and trap vocal samples. Not an easy task to pull off. Stevan hails from Wollongong and at the age of 18 manages to pull off off songwriting/production on his own.