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.