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.
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
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.
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’
Omid is one of my first guest’s that I had on back when I had a radio show over at KCSN in 03. 12 years later we bring it in full circle and he’s still hard at work with his recent release entitled “Modern Persian Speech Sounds” which I play on my KCRW show. But one of the other reasons I wanted to bring in Omid on the podcast was for him to share his knowledge of Los Angeles’s musical landscape dating back to the late 90’s.
He too was a kid who loved taping radio programs including Michael Mixxin Moor, Mike Nardone and Rob One of the Fly ID show. We also speaks fondly of his days venturing to The Good Life and Project Blowed. He also speaks of his role as Music Supervisor on the recent Good Life documentary which was directed by Ava DuVernay. And little did I know she was an emcee at The Good Life!
** Also as a bonus, Omid crafts a special mix for this episode which includes some unreleased material as well as personal favorites. And it’s got some heaters! Im super proud of this episode! Also make sure to stay up to date with his work via his souncloud page. Hope you enjoy this week’s episode!
Traveling across the US this year and engaging with listeners of the weekly radio show has really taught me about the power of radio. I always mention that being on at midnight makes you wonder who is listening. But talking to folks and hearing that it kicks off their week on a positive note makes it all worth it. I have heard testimonials that have choked me up. I look forward every Monday night coming into the basement with a record bag full of music I love and connecting with listeners. Hope you might join me tonight at Midnight at 89.9 FM and worldwide at KCRW.com! Become a part of the family! Tune in!
My next album is set for March 18th on Plug Research! Here is the tracklist, artwork and featured guests on the new record. Obviously there are many many artists I would love to have collaborated but I’m happy with this bunch. These are artists who I respect and have featured either on my blog or radio show. You can pre order the record via I tunes or pick up a copy via the kind folks at Daylight Curfew and pick up an ANTVALA shirt! Below is the album’s first single! I am looking forward to sharing these amazing songs with you that we recorded over the course of a year. I am proud of this record.
Connan popped up on my radar a few months back with the release of Caramel, a sonic journey through sexy cool mixed with lush vox and guitar chords. Connan guides the narrative with various vocal pitches that are perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. He breaks down the process of recording this record while in Tokyo holed up in his hotel room. Hope you dig! And check out previous episodes here!