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Here we go! My TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014. Always a tough list to compile being I’m not fond of Top anything lists. My views always change and then I end up regretting or forgetting a title.
Thanks to amazing Ms. Tay aka Tayonce, I have a Spotify page! Now you can explore my online selections! I’ll do my best to do updates but these are lots of gems that I love and help me through the day and week! Let me know what you think! Take a peak.
Here it is! My top 10 albums of 2013. Some of these might not have had major impact on radio or sales but they survived the test of time in my car and headphones. These albums moved me all year and stayed in nonstop rotation on my radio show or simply while doing my every day errands. Take a peak!
It’s out! This project took months and months to make but it was also the easiest project to created with Nick Rosen. This project began as I started work on my second album for Plug Research and I would have these incredible sessions with Nick. We would record 2-3 songs a day then we would have downtime. We began starting songs from scratch, go grab coffee, return and hit record. Take a listen!
I have been working on these videos for LA based musical duo LOS GIRLS for a couple of months now and glad to see some of the content coming out thanks to Plug Research. You can download a free track from the duo as they prep for an EP release on July 16th.
I’m playing one of his features tonight on KCRW. And have long been a fan for this Queens emcee. Finally, a rap video that brings a smile to my face! Enjoy!
Well this just fell out the sky. One of my favorite tracks from Channel Orange has an official album that documents the life and times of Grammy Award winner Frank Ocean. I dig the vintage aesthetics. Peep!
Not my favorite song on the album but brand spanking new. Played a couple of his tracks of his latest record last week on my radio show. Its impressive. We will wee if stands the test of time like the Toro Y Moi or Kendrick record. But Im still excited to have something new in my hands from this great record.
Love this song! Love this video! Love this vibe! LA’s Computer Jay and vocalist Orfeo team up and create something masterful. Enjoy!
Now this is a song! Sexy, psychedelic, and soulful. And visually on point! It’s been on repeat and in my head. Bird is based out of Toronto which has been killing it for a minute on the soul tip! Hope you enjoy!
I’ve had this record in rotation for a minute and its in the record bag for tonight’s session at midnight. Not sure If Im dropping this cut of the Sami K joint but some Dandy Teru will be in play tonight. Dandy hails from France and also hosts his Laid Back Radio program. And make sure to check out his cool site while your at it! In the mean time peep this cool video feat. Quiet Dawn!
Seriously! What is in the water in the land below? Electric Wire Hustle! Fat Freddy’s Drop! Hiatus Kaiyote! I just came across this gem from LADI6. Taken from her forthcoming album! Looking forward to hearing the rest. Peep the video!
Thank me later Janet fans. Prepping for my midnight session tonight on the airwaves and came across this heat. Whoooooaaaaa! First Kaytranada with his re edit and now FS Green kills this version of Rock With U. Sexy, head popping and on point. You will hear this sometime tonight on my show. Some serious after midnight sexy music.
A top secret gem for you. Enjoy this free download!
I guess its fair to say Hiatus Kaiyote in a sense hijacked my blog theese past couple weeks. But when your praised by The Roots, Erykah Badu, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective and Gilles Peterson, then by all means go ahead! Watch an exclusive live version of a forthcoming song and listen to our chat recorded last week during Nai Palm’s stay at the Vala HQ!
Great promo for the Windows phone. Both artists have been in rotation on my show on KCRW and its great to see these two folks in two separate genres come together and work on this track. You can listen to the full track here. Great video! Watch it!
Grateful to be a part of this new remix project of Melbourne collective Hiatus Kaiyote presented by Wax Poetic. Listen to all the all the remixes here including Shafiq, Mark de Clive Lowe and friends contributing to this project. Listen!
Ro Blvd on the production killing this beat! Chris Gibbs of Union on the styling! Mr. Whitmore directing! And Krondon on the chorus! No wonder this has to be one of my favorite videos of the year.
I’m listening to new Stepkids music forthcoming on Stonesthrow and man!! This is some genius stuff! Funk, soul, synths, strings, off beat samples or something. I can’t quite make out what is going out on “Bitter Bug” but it’s possibly one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
Top 5 of 2012! I think Ive said that 4 times so I kinda hope nothing fresh comes out between here and December. Poolside’s latest release “Pacific Standard Time” has heat in so many different time signatures and tempos! Check em out!
I give Jessie Ware a couple of years before we see the make over and the PR push to make her the Queen of electronic dance music. Why not? It’s well deserved. But Sampha is someone I have raving about for years now!
Possibly one of my favorite videos of 2102. Big up Jesse Boykins who just passed through LA and played a wonderful set w/ Full Crate and Mar eaerlier in the year. This time around he teams up with German producer Gora Sou. The album ‘Zulu Guru’ will be released 5 November via Ninja Tune.
If you have listen to my most recent radio shows on KCRW then chances are you heard Mala’s new material forthcoming on Brownswood in October. Mala travels to Cuba and records, samples and produces music there for some time then sequences all the material with a bit of signature style of electronic dance patterns
I had the honor of playing on the same bill w/ Matthew Dear at the Natural History Museum earlier in the year. What I love about Matthew’s music is his ability to to turn dance music into actual songs.
I remember hearing Headpphone Masterpiece and falling in total love of the melodies, the chord progressions and the raw quality of the cd. At the time it was hard to find but I began opening for Cody around LA and got my hands on his cd and would constantly play his music at KCSN at the time.
Meet Rob Roy. When I first caught a glimpse of this emcee I was not sure of exactly what was happening before my eyes. I would do my research later on this brother and find that he is actually a very talented vocalist as well. Peep more.
I have always been drawn to these two tracks by Serge Gainsbourg. Wether stuck in LA traffic, contemplating my next step in my life, these two songs have somehow put me at calm. Enjoy these two videos.
Cid Rim (aka Clemens Bacher) makes beats. At times broken, sloppy yet fresh! And when I say fresh I am referring the to clean quantized programming at times reminding me of jazz drum patterns with 808 snares.