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It’s the best of Latin Alternative + music discovery Sunday nights from 8-10 pm on the World Famous KROQ! Los Retros continues to kill it with his latest amazing EP + gems from The Free Nationals, Yungatita, Tropa Magica and more! Ill be back this Sunday night and hope you might join me!

 

HOUR 1
OC Hurricanes – My Love
Kali Uchis – Just A Stranger (feat Steve Lacy)
Karen y Los Remedios – Canario
QUITAPENAS – Campesino
Los Retros – The Messiah
Minyo Crusaders – Cumbia del Monte Fuji
Sotomayor – Cielo
Helado Negro – Lechuguilla
Junior Mesa – 3 AM
Ocote Soul Sounds – Primavera
Chicano Batman – Itotiani
Brainstory – Mnemophobia
Bostich+Fussible – Tengo La Voz

HOUR 2
Free Nationals – Eternal Light
Buscabulla – Sono
Inner Wave – 1 4 2
Símon Mejía – Río Piedra
Mexican Institute of Sound – El Microfono
Katzù Oso – Secuestro Al Corazón
Pau Sotomayor – Somos Dos
Yungatita – Everyone Can See
Black Pumas – Old Man
La Santa Cecilia – Always Together
Ambar Lucid – Candy
MARINERO – Como Mariposas
Tropa Magica – Koopa-Cabras
Divino Niño – Quiero
Flamingosis – Brunch at the Bodega
Amantes Del Futuro – Cumbia Amarilla

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I’ll be on the fm dail(s) this weekend with more music discovery but thought I’d give you a heads up here first. New JGreey, Melodiesinfonie, Terrace Martin with Robert Grasper, Ty Dolla teams with FKA Twigs + friends and more. Hope you enjoy! For the best listening experience, hit play here on Spotify!

Sat + Sunday: 12-3pm (pst) on 89.9 FM KCRW
Sun: 8pm-10pm (pst) on 106.7 FM KROQ

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It’s been a tough and challenging week at home watching the news and seeing what’s happening in the streets but every evening I make it a point to take care of my mind with music. Im still on the hunt for new sounds for my KCRW and KROQ shows. Here are a few that are recent releases. Hope you dig. Be safe! Listen to the Spotify playlist here to enjoy the full experience.

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Back with another episode of Vala Fm and a big announcement in this episode!
Hope you enjoy!

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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

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Sounds for Plant Lovers. Episode 6 features words from the late great Nipsey Hussle who passed away a year ago yesterday on March 31st. Inserted are clips from our conversation including music to help you get through the day. Enjoy.

VALA FM FM 006: Tracklist

Words with Nipsey
Nipsey Hussle – Double Up
Money Chicha – Ponte Loca
Stro Elliott – Lake Minnetonka
Fania All Stars – El Raton
Shigeto – Ann Arbor Pt 3 and 4
Words with Nipsey
Marvin Gaye – I Want You (GAMM Edit)
Khayote – Aloe Vera
Young Pulse – Work To Do
Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie
Words with Nipsey
Herbie Mann – Todos Locos (Live Version)
Bobby Mcferrin – Taylor MAde
Boom Clap Bachelors – Tiden Flyver
The Dynamics – The Creator Has A Master Plan
Nipsey Hussle – No Favours (aywy Edit)

Enjoy! 2019 is a strong year for quality sounds + releases. Here are a few that remain strong in my headphones and celebrating not just 2019, but some of my strong rotations.  Download here.

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Injury Reserve – New Hawaii
Steve Lacy – Like Me
Raveena – Stone
Choker – Petrol Bliss
ESTA – Crazy
Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now?
Mac Ayres – Lonely
Omar Apollo – Erase
Flying Lotus – Say Something
Thornato w/ Benjamin Vanegas – Mama Clo
Peggy Gou – Hungboo
Azymuth – Castelo (Demo Version)
Cool Out Sun – Night Shine
Marcel Vogel – I Got Jesus
Tim Wharp – Cole Dub
Creme D’ Cocoa – To Jam (Sly Edit)
Nu Guinea – Stann Fore
Ensemble Enetendu – Peel Back

Ive been swamped for the past year but these are the cuts that have been in rotation when Im alone driving home after a dj set. Artists like Omar Apollo, Steve Lacy, Ambar Lucid, Tierra Whack and the others featured on this mix are really exciting and pushing sound into new dimensions. Hope you dig.

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C Y G N – Joga Bonito
Steve Lacy – N Slide
Pescribe Da Vibe – Difficult
Babeheaven – Circles
Mayra Andrade – Tan Kalakatan
PAX – Because We’re Young
Pinty – Nightcrawler
Tierra Whack – Fruit Salad
Yeek – Shake
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Ongaku
Calud – Easy
Contour – Stop Trying To Be God (Cover)
Henry Canyons – The Cool Side
The Comet Is Coming – Brith Of Creation
The Creative One – It Gets Better (Feat. theMIND)
Ambar Lucid – Letting Go
Brainstory – Dead End
Emawk – No One
Noname – Window
Meernaa – Wildest Eyes
Los Retros – Someone to Spend Time With
Omar Apollo – Ashamed

Here are some of my favorite gems as of late. Hope you dig!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ministry Of Alienation
Crayon – I Came By To Let You Know Im Leaving
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Tera Kora Edit)
Henry Canyons – The Cool Side
Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down
Ravyn Lenae – Blossom Dearie
Delilah Holliday – Babylon
Kiefer – Miss U
Jono McCleery – La Ritournelle
The Jefferson Park Boys – Gramercy Place
Phonte – Such Is Life
BoyBoy – Boy
Cleo Sol – Why Don’t You
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Fortune – Finesse
Nick Bike – Oh Jay
Bjork – Blissing Me (Feat. Serpentwithfeet)
Fantasy Guys – Jazzy Kisses
Mr. Fingers – Praise To The Vibes
Daphni – Carry On
Nosaj Thing – U G (Les Sins Remix)
Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane Remix)
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye (Dan Key Remix)
Nilufer Yanya – Keep On Calling
Yuko – The Idealist

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Here we got! Recently I posted a complete list of all the artists I wanted to see at this year’s SXSW. I wanted to go deeper and actually share some of these artists that I think could have a nice buzz in 2018 and beyond. If you are out in Austin this year, let’s connect! Ill be around in search of the best coffee, tacos and also participating on the Co-Sign panel. Details here.

TRACKLIST:

Anna Wise – Precious Possession
A.Chal – Love N Hennessy
Demo Taped – Not Enough
Suzi Wu – Speed
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Buddy – Find Me
Knox Fortune – Lil Thing
Stimulator Jones – Soon Never Comes
BLVCK SPVDE – Dance 4 Me
El Combo Chimbita – Puro Show
CAPYAC – Speedracer
Men I Trust – Tailwhip
DUCKWRTH – Get Ugly (Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Homeboy Sandman – Bamboo
Nubla Garcia – Lost Kingdoms
Princess Nokia – Bart Simpson
Ezra Collective – Pure Shade
Jade Bird – Cathedral
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2:00 PM: Extending Your Reach at College Radio
Moderated by: Jessica Weber (co-sign)
Panelists: Rodney Carmichael (NPR), Anthony Valadez (KCRW / TuneIn), Dessa (Artist)

Keeping what you do at your station relevant beyond the bounds of your campus involves thinking beyond just your on-air signal. Podcasts, on demand programming, online features and reviews; all these things and more help expand your programming and vision to a much larger audience. Learn how to do this, even with limited budgets.

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You Wanna Chill? The Mixtape
Mixed + Compiled by
Anthony Valadez

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Guy – Let’s Chill
Bobby Brown – Rock Wit’Cha
Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever
Raphael Saadiq – If I Had No Loot
Jodeci – Come And Talk To Me
Tevin Capbell – Can We Talk
112 – Cupid
Stevie Wonder – Hey Love
Teddy Pendergrass – Close The Door
Deniece Williams – Free
Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love
Al. B Sure – Night And Day
Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top (Acoustic Version)
Shanice – I Love Your Smile
Soul 4 Real – Candy Rain
Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further
Maxwell – Ascension
Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
New Edition – If It Isn’t Love
SWV – Im So Into you
Midnight Star – Curious
The Boys – Dial My Heart
George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
Hi Five – I Like The Way
Michael Jackson – I Wanna Be Where You Are
Chaka Khan – Wha Cha’ Gonna Do For Me?
The O’Jays – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby
Marvin Gaye – After The Dance
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around

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Life Is Precious With You In It” is a collection of songs that always give me the chills or feels every time I push play. Wether it’s in the car or the headphones, these songs take me to a place that recalibrate my soul. I hope you feel them too. My gift to you.

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Tracklist:

Diana Ross – Theme From Mahogany
Darondo – Didn’t I
Childish Gambino – Flight Of The Navigator
James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
Toro Y Moi – Cola
Frank Ocean – Self Control
Jon Brion – Little Person
Beastie Boys – I Don’t Know
Scarface – Smile (Feat. 2Pac)
Alabama Shakes – Sound In Color
The Smiths – Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Dirty Projectors – Little Bubble
Drake – Keep The Family Close
Ray LaMontagne – All The Wild Horses
J Cole – Hello
Radiohead – DayDreaming
Nick Hakim – Green Twins
Jamie XX – Loud Places (Feat. Romy)
The Eels – I Need Some Sleep

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TRACKLIST:

The Halftone Society Rhythm Section – Don’t Look Any Further
Reginald Omas Mamode IV – If You Want To Know
Pegasus Warning – Building A Bridgge
Fulgeance – Smashhhh\
Mura Masa – Love$ick (Feat5. A$AP ROCKY (Four Tet Remix)
Duke Hugh – Butterflies
Goldlink – Fall In Love (Feat. Cisero)
Kashif – Help Yourself to My Love (The Revenge Edit)
Rene and Angela – Ill Be Good
Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley
Mink – Who Are You?
Okzharp and Manthe Ribane – Teleport
Onyx Collective – Ode To Roy
Sonder – Too Fast
Nick Hakim – I Bet She Looks Like You (Live Version)
Sonder – Too Fast

Check out Anthony Valadez’s album titled “Fade Away”

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Album dropped November 4th on Plug Research.
Can purchase on all outlets including I Tunes, Bandcamp,
or Spotify etc. Vinyl will drop shortly on New Math Records.
My 3rd Studio album on Plug Research.

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Slept on gems galore + non album cuts. See you in 2017 Dash!

Tracklist:

J Cole – Everybody Dies
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Sour Mango
Jim James – The World’s Smiling Now
Phony Ppl – This Must Be Heaven
Big Sean – Bounce Back
NX Worries – Khadija
RC and The Gritz – Jazz And Reverse
Guts – Dirty Offer
Kanye West – Famous
Tribe Called Quest – Moving Backwards
Muro Masa – Love Sick (Four Tet Remix) feat. Asap Rocky
Dexter Story – Veggie Wondem (RAS G Remix)
Fakear – Light Bullet (Feat. Andreya Triana)
BaseCamp – In Store (Photay Remix)
StarRo – You (feat. J Rican)
Tall Black Guy – I Will Never Know Feat. Moonchild
Onyx Collective – Disguised Blessing
Yussef Kamaal – Remembrance

 

 

 

 

 

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Read the review here.

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Valadez moved to Venice almost exactly eight years ago. “I moved in the day before Barack Obama got elected,” he recalls, as he takes his dog Smedley for his daily walk. “My first meal here, Obama got elected, and the place was cheering super loud. This is Venice. I like it. Eight years. It flies by.”

Known for his shows on KCRW and Fuse TV, Valadez doesn’t often release his own music. He’s more recognized for interviewing artists about their music than he is for being interviewed about his. But after dealing with the deaths of his mother and grandmother over the past two years, it was time for a release of his own.

“I wanted a proper release with a good label, and I wanted it to sound nice, and good, and cohesive. Kinda like a diary,” Valadez says of his new album, Fade Away, which is out now via Plug Research. “All these things that were happening in my life while I was recording I wanted to put into this cohesive project, and I wanted it to get heard, most importantly. “

As its title implies, Fade Away explores the idea of letting go of different things, people and emotions. “It fades away several things. It’s just how people come and go in our lives,” Valadez explains. “And I think recording, I just had a few people in my family pass away that were monumental to some degree.”

Losing his grandmother last year and his mother two years ago inspired him to make this album. “We were never close, but it was still sad,” says Valadez, who was raised by his grandfather, who passed away in 2001. “That feminine element that puts you in the world is no longer here. When that womb is gone it really makes you look at things differently.”

Recording Fade Away was therapeutic for Valadez, but not in the way he initially intended for it to be. At first, putting all his energy into the music was mainly a distraction. “There were unresolved issues” with his mother and grandmother, he admits. “So maybe to avoid dealing with that, I just kinda worked on music.”

But after a while, it became hard for Valadez to overlook the impact that losing these relatives had on him. The music itself, the instrumentation, reminded him of their influence on his life. He was forced to deal with the very thing he wanted to avoid.

“For some reason, there’s a lot of strings on this album,” he says. “I’ve grown up appreciating strings and I’ve always wanted to make an album that would make me feel a certain way. I’d send a track to people who were performing the strings, and I’m like, ‘I need this song to cry.’”

Valadez’s love of strings started when he was five years old and he heard Diana Ross’ “Theme From Mahogany” for the first time. “There’s a crazy string section in that song. And I’ve always wanted to replicate that because strings move me,” he explains. “And so, when I had access to all these string players, I knew that I wanted to do that on this album. I wanna make people feel the way I did when I was five.”

To make the video for Fade Away track, “Onward Solo Samba” (premiered above), Valadez and his friend Holly Gable took to the streets of L.A. and Long Beach to echo the concept on the album on camera. “The video is about fading away,” Valadez explains. “Fading away into the streets. Fading away into one another or with one another. Fading away across L..A, and finally into the ocean.”

In the end, that’s what Fade Away is about: savoring each passing moment, then releasing it to make room for new moments and experiences. It’s not about death or loss, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be sad or depressing, either. It’s about waking up to take Smedley for a walk as the sun rises and the waves come and go. It’s about letting go of the old you and embracing the new.

“As you grow older you react differently to things, you develop new sides to yourself that you didn’t know existed,” Valadez says. “Where does the old you go? It just fades away.”

 

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Here it is! Album drops tomorrow (Nov.4th) on Plug Research with vinyl at the end of the month via New Math Records. We also have a forthcoming video set to drop in support of the release. It’s been an awesome learning lesson. I’ll be doing a FaceBook Live tomorrow with a complete Q&A at noon (PST) on release day. So get your questions ready.

Pre order the album here.

Whew.. Out of breath. Off to walk my dog.

 

 

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Not only did he drop an incredible EP entitled PwEP2, but this man is writing grants that incorporate the parallels between insects and African Amercians, teaching courses in Afrofuturism and experimental music, playing out with various communities across LA at the ACE and NY jazz scenes. And then on top of that you find him playing with Karen, the house band for the Late Late Show on CBS! This turned out to be a great chat. Hope you dig!

MoodSwings airs Tuesday nights at 8pm [PST] on Dash Radio.

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It’s amazing how a little LA rain can inspire the collection of few personal favorites as a kid growing up in the 80’s. Hope you dig this mix! Download it here for a limited time.

Tracklist:

Force MD’s – Tender Love
Keith Sweat – How Deep Is Your Love?
Bobby Brown – Rock Wit’cha
Guy – Let’s Chill
Janet Jackson – Come Back To Me
Tony! Toni! Tone – It Never Rains In Southern California
El Debarge – I Like It
Bobby Caldwell – My Flame
Jodeci – Come And Talk to Me
Anita Baker – Sweet Love
Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing (Kon Edit)
Al B Sure – Nite and Day
New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man
Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love
Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
The Boys – Dial My Heart
Michael Jackson – Liberian Girl
Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
Maxwell – Lifetime
The Stylistics – You Are Everything
The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)
Al Green – Simply Beautiful
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
Zapp – Computer Love
Stevie Wonder – Hey Love
The Temptations – Just My Imagination
Kenny Burke – Rising to The Top (Acoustic Version)
Sly and the Family Stone – Caught Me Smilin’
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
Midnight Star – Curious
George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
Michael Wycoff – Looking Up To You
Syreeta Wright – I Love Every Little Thing About You
Guy – I Like
The O’Jays – Darling Darling Baby
Jodeci – Feenin’

Here is my episode with Colombia’s Bomba Estero. Last time I saw BOMBA was at the Red Bull jump off to help celebrate their latest release entitled Amanecer. We discuss the creative process as well as what it’s like to get a random call from Will Smith who want’s to hop on the remix after a long hiatus from music.

Mood Swings airs every Tuesday evening at 11 pm[EST]/8pm[PST]. It’s a really dope show on Dash Radio. Tune in tonight as I welcome Snakehips!

 

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. An example being Liam Bailey’s Definitely Now album, which should have easily been in my Top 3. No question. But Im sitting in the airport and figured I have some time to do my annual justification of each record. Okay. Live from Terminal 1 Gate 11. Lets do this! Your feedback is welcomed! @AnthonyValadez.

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Nick Hakim – Where Will We Go (Pt 1 and 2) 
Okay, easily a cheater, 2 EP’s formed into an album. I had Nick Hakim on my podcast and we talked about this coming out at a full LP so technically this isn’t cheating. Maybe I am a bit biased being that I spent way too much time at dog parks and dealing with a few changes and these two EP’s where there and hit me in a way that music has not in a few years. It’s a journey with instrumentation on point. Nick’s voice is also a notable stand out that compliments the chords and guitar licks.

Fatima – Yellow Memories
Do Better was the first cut that hip to this record by blog darling Fatima. Fatima has been on my radar thanks in part to the UK support via radio and blog postings. But it was finally nice to hear a full LP from her in addition to remixes and singles. The album allowed the songstress to shine and show her depth from the villa-esque “Technology” to the playful “Biggest Joke Of All

Majid Jordan- A Place Like This
Another EP cheater. But hey! It’s so good! I mentioned these guys at the start of 2014 on WBUR’s Here And Now and was hoping that at some point the duo would get some stateside love. Still too early to tell but they rose to fame as featured on Drakes “Hold On, We’re Going Home“.  It’s dark, soulful but the beats and sample flips are so on point!

Oceaan – The Oceaan EP/The Grip
Following in the same steps as Majid Jordan w/ a twist of electronic blips, samples and chaos is Manchester’s Oceaan! Big thanks to Blah Blah Blah Science for passing me his work early on. Oceaan’s sounds at times become a little messy and somehow it’s perfectly mixed and easy on the ears. Think of a plane with massive turbulence then out of nowhere, easy sailing with a perfect landing. But not all tracks are this chaotic. Oceaan pieces it all together with his sultry falsetto. Peep below!

Les Sins – Michael
I’m biased. Anything Toro Y Moi related gets automatic antvala love. But lets clear, Im also objective and really not that fond of putting an ably of 4 on the floor albums on this list. I can only tolerate so many minutes of boom boom boom boom before Im like “next”. Chaz Bundick aka Toro aka Les Sins masterfully adds the right amount of “umph” and synths to make it all work.  But the track’s stand out single “Why” has been in my head nonstop upon first listening. And still my jam!

Silk Rhodes – Silk Rhodes 
You know an amazing song based on if you can remember where you were when you first heard it. I can still recall getting this cut from PB Wolf and just hitting repeat about 19 times. When I heard the rest of the album not really sure of what to expect, well, it was a wrap! Musically all over the place. I dig that about this band!  And how amazing is this video below?

Daedelus – The Light Brigade 
When Daedelus drops a records I’m not sure if it’s going to be an electronic record that explores various bpm’s and time signatures. But being a fan of his work as “The Long Lost” it’s nice to hear him return to guitar driven ballads and the mellow mind state wit this album!

Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography
Having taken some time off with their own adventures, it was nice to see the super trio regroup for a releases on indie Rhymesayers. Dilated continued right where they left off. Content on point and the packaging was simply creative and well put together. If you have listened to my show or even live sets, odds are you might have heard “Let Your Thought’s Fly Away” somewhere tucked into the mix.

Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba 
Italian band “Clap! Clap! drop crazy dance floor heat, samples, in your face drums and bass on this. Just when you think you have this group figured out, in comes the slow melodies and ethnic chants that makes you think “is this a world album?” Clap! Clap! challenges me as a listener with this record.

Meshell Ndegeocello – Comet, Come to Me 
Anything this woman drops is always music to my ears! Well, not everything but 90% of what she drops is flawless. Maybe 95%? Another example of an artist that you as a listener are never really sure of what you might get. This album is a bit of a return to “Bitter” and a few other recent releases. And how awesome is that Whodini cover of “Friends?”

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Here it is! My top 10 albums of 2013 pulled from the KCRW site! I wanted to go a little deeper and reflect as to why these albums made my list.  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.  These lists are always are always hard to compile but It’s great to see Chance The Rapper drop a free album and make the list. I’m also glad to see indie artists like Sango and Skin Town make music that is not flavor of the moment but rather albums that make me excited about music again.  Okay! The List!

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1. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return 
I can tell you the exact moment I popped this cd in and hit play. I was en route to grab dinner and track after track I was moved by every song! I made it to track 6 before grabbing food then jumped back in the car and continued through the rest of the album. Toro Y Moi kills with the drums and synths on Anything In Return even bringing in piano rave elements with vocals. One of the best elements in this album is hearing it explore different feelings and textures. It does not remain in anyone one element or genre. It travels! “Cola” is one of my favorite tracks! Its a free download!

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2. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name 
Many years in the game since his days with the Clipse and still sounding hungry as ever! Something happens to rappers and lyricists when they grow a little older. We hear the hunger fade. Pusha T sounds fresh and displays skills in top form! Tracks like “Numbers On the Board”, “Nosetalgia” and “King Push” hit me in a place unlike most artists. Production is tight as well that allow Pusha to breathe and deliver each rhyme with ease.

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3. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 
Real talk. I was not feeling this album upon first listening other than Neptune Estate. After a few late night listens after dj gigs this album began to sink in. Soon the guitars began to connect with me and Archie’s hieroglyphic lyrics began to parallel a mood or feeling I was experiencing.  And soon I could not wait to take those long late night drives with 6 Feet Beneath The Moon on play. It’s a wonderful album with guitars being super lush with massive reverb over vocals and instruments that take you into another world.

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4. Jose James – No Beginning No End
With Jose you never know if your going to get a straight up jazz album, an electronic fused record or a soul cut. This is one of the qualities that I love about his appreciation for the wide musical spectrum!  This time around Jose James steps up the plate and hits it out of the park with amazing musicianship backing him up. With hint’s of D’Angelo’s Voodoo blended into the mix fused with Jose’s wonderful voice it’s super easy to throw this one in my top 10 of 2013

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5. Chance The Rapper 
Fresh out of Chi Town Chance drops this self release with out the backing of a record company. It’s a free download that is not your average album. It pushes elements of Juke/footwork while letting Chance be free of the constraints of most rappers. Production if flawless and lets discuss Chance’s unique flow and vocal delivery!? In some ways he has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Pharcyde and it’s a valid point. But it’s 2013 when an single emcee can bridge 1993 and 2013 and own it then he get’s my kudos!

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6. Maylee Todd – Escapology
I have been a fan of this artist’s work for some time now and it totally messed with my head when I found out in September that she had released this amazing record in April! Once I saw it, I grabbed it, hit play and bumped it nonstop! “Baby’s Got It” fuses that hard 4 on the floor channeling her inner Donna Summers but it’s “I Can’t Stand It” that haunt me every time I hit play. This album is a musical journey and perfect for a long drive. Maylee Todd was also a guest on my podcast. Get to know her! 

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7. Skin Town – The Room 
Another previous guest on my podcast! I saw them when opening up for Tiny Hearts and fell in love with their sound. Heavy synths and drum patterns that accompany Grace’s vocals. Tracks like “Ride” and “Ice Crystal Palace” hit hard but the stand out track for me is “Midnight Lover” that is one of my favorite songs of the year. Excellent melodies and production from Nick Turco (Zola Jesus) that channel the 1990’s R&B, The Weeknd, The Dream but in a form that is it’s own.

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8. Sango – North
North is a journey! It’s what I call a mood record. Vocals come in when they need to. Grooves pop on the next track that let you digest what you just heard. It’s a well sequenced record from start to finish and the most mature records on the Soulection label that will stand the test of time. Sango swung by the basement for a chat and it was great to learn the process of creating this wonderful album. “Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife” is still one of the best songs I have heard in the past 5 years.

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9. John Wizards – John Wizards
This album is one of those obscure records that you can’t help bobbing your head to. Cape Town goes electronica on this self titled release. It’s a timeless record that explores many sounds. John Wizards is almost like Vampire Weekend making love to Four Tet while in the Jacuzzi! Word is bond.

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10. Bonobo – The North Borders 
It’s Bonobo! Another artist who’s wide range of aresnal on the musical front is unlike no other! This album was on repeat at the station and especially on my show which is perfect after midnight record to drop anytime during my dj sets. Even in the clubs I had folks asking for the new Bonobo! I got to chat with Bonobo at SXSW earlier in the year and we discussed the process of making this record. Black Sands (his previous release) was a bit hard to top but somehow he pulls it off with tracks such as “Emkay”, “Cirrus” and “Heaven For the Sinner”

LOS GIRLS X TORO

Nick Rosen and I have a project we do under the moniker of LOS GIRLS. We have been working on new material since our last EP on Plug Research. Along the way we knocked out this cool rework of Cola by Toro Y Moi. In between sessions we would layer in drums, cello plucks and anything else that would complement this re work. Hope you dig! You can pick up our EP here.  Also you can preview Anthony Valadez’s new EP which drops Tuesday on I Tunes. Take a listen

Turntables // Sequencing // Keys : Anthony Valadez
Cello // Strings // Synths : Nick Rosen
Additional : Shaunte Palmer

ON MY MIND KING MOST

It’s been a good month for my band LOS GIRLS. We dropped our Ep on Plug Research, became Today’s Top Tune on Morning Becomes Eclectic and now we get a remix/refix/re-direction from one of our favorite dj’s!  King Most steps up to the plate with this up tempo heater which features Jason Joseph on vocals. You can hear this awesome podcast I did with Most or you can grab the original EP here.  Nick Rosen and I just kinda vibes, brought in a cello, guitar, bass, mpc, shakers kick drums and hit record on this project which we are super proud of.

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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. Sometimes we would take a dip in the pacific in between takes.  We were under the assumption this might be a great project to release ourselves so we would record with no rules, no structure and no idea where this might land. We involved our friends Derek Taylor (drums and percussions) and Jason Joseph (rhodes) to contribute and slowly the songs began to take form.  I took off for a week to NY and I began capturing these sounds with my I phone from Subways, art exhibitions in the Bowery and chopping them up and placing them through out the EP.  A week later Hurricane Sandy would strike these very locations and I wondered what has become of these places.  LOS GIRLS also became a visual project with the help of Kim and Xochil. We would all wander the streets of East LA and just capture things happening! Life in the process with the LOS GIRLS music as a bed.  We hope you dig!

LOS GIRLS ON ITUNES

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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.  More info here.

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. James Blake after midnight is the right fit folks or during a daytime photoshop session! The record is 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 release.

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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!

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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.

This was shot and recorded last week on the final day of the Hiatus Kaiyote meet and greet tour.  Last week Gilles Peterson of UK’s Radio 1 picked Tawk Tomahawk as his album of the week. Just prior Pharaoh Monch and Jean Grae raved about HK. Enjoy this sit down I had with vocalist Nai Palm as we talk about the band and what it’s like to be loved by Erykah Badu, The Roots, Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective.

Im also excited that Nai Palm has hand selected a set of records for me to play showcasing the sounds of Australia tonight and as an added bonus, a listen to the new joint she and Taylor Mcferrin have been working on. Tune in tonight at Midnight (PST) on 89.9 FM and worldwide at KCRW.com

:: Live From My Living Room | Dr. Jekyll ::

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. It’s refreshing to hear young LA emcee’s bring something new and creative to the game.  Cop the full length LA Riot here.

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. The title track is a taste of Bowie meets super galactic boogie complete with bass pops. If you dig this track you need to check out the 4 on the floor remix by Yacht!  Sweet Salvation drops this spring as an LP!  I’m happy to see these guys hitting the road with Kimbra in a city near you!

NORTH AMERICA SHOWS (KIMBRA, MATES OF STATE)
Sep 25 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom +
Sep 30 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre +
Oct 09 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot +
Oct 10 Denver, CO – The Ogden +
Oct 16 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater +
Oct 17 Chicago, IL – Metro +
Oct 19 New York, NY – Webster Hall  +
Oct 20 New York, NY – Webster Hall +
Oct 21 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts  +
Oct 23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club +
Oct 24 Boston, MA – Royale +
Oct 25 Montreal, QU – Corona Theatre +
Oct 26 Toronto, ON – Danforth +

Top 5 of 2012! I think Ive said that 4 times so I kinda hope nothing fresh comes out between here and December. Ana Tijoux has a killer album and the other 3 sipped my mind at the moment but Poolside’s Pacific Standard Time has heat in so many different time signatures and tempos!  Go cop it and find out when Poolside comes to your town!

The entire time of watching “Shut Up and Play The Hits“, a documentary on LCD Soundsystem, all I could think in my head is “Holy shit, James Murphy gets me!”. He goes into great detail about how the internet has taken away its mystery of music discovery!   Sometimes a bit too much detail but it all makes great sense!  I watched this interview below and Murphy makes several great points of how our culture now depends on “lifestyle marketing” and how it all shifts far away from the guy at the counter of your local record store and how that use to be his/her job.  Watch below!

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!  His voice is genuine and unique. He helped SBTRKT push his debut album into the number one slot of the best of 2012’s via many of the KCRW dj’s.  I hope these two have a break out 2013!