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I had a fun 30 minute conversation with these two regarding utilizing your tools during a live performance and the pacing of your create ideas. It was truly a lot of fun nerding out with Alanna and Maylee. Our ability to hop around a million ideas and subjects in a matter of minutes was everything I hoped it to be!  Hope you enjoy.


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New gems from Jesse Boykins III off his new album + Dj Sport, Statik Selektah and Roy Woods in the mix. Shout outs Rapsody (Grammy nominated) and her gem feat. K Dot. Also new Ty Segall, Poppy Ajudha, Sampa The Great, Jim James, Notwolfy and lots more. hope you dig! Catch you next Monday night!


Jesse Boykins III – Indie Girls (Ft. Kilo Kish And Little Simz)
DJ Sports – For Real For You
Flamingosis – Flight Of The Flamingo
Rapsody – Power (Ft. Kendrick Lamar And Lance Skiiiwalker)
Ephemerals – In And Out (Asta Hiroki Remix)
Statik Selektah – Harley’s Blues (The World Could Save)[Feat. Harley Harl & Francesca]
George Duke – From Dusk To Dawn


Roy Woods – Something New
Ames & Bari – Mrs. Monroe Since 1899
Thom Yorke – Guess Again
Poppy Ajudha – David’s Song (Uffe Remix)


Sampa the Great – Healing
Jaubi – A War With My Ego
Kaleem Taylor – Broken Mirrors
Notwolfy – 13 Lawnliness (Reprise)


Franko Xavier – Antes Pouco Que Nenhum
Fitz Ambro$e & Ohbliv – Jdssy Joint
Ty Segall – Every1’s A Winner
Rahhh – Lexus Riddim
Noya Rao – Azimuth
Frank Ocean – Lovecrimes
Rhye – Taste


Jono McCleary – Ingenue
Gharbi Sadok & Georges Garzia – Lala Tibki
Theo Parrish – Music
Tomas Barfod – Grandiose
Birocratic & Flamingosis – Look Both Ways!


Nick Hakim – Farmissplease
Nuspirit Helsinki – Makoomba
Kraftwerk – The Telephone Call
Rob Roy – Sadly To Say
Jhene Aiko – While We’re Young
Children Of Zeus – I Want you


Erykah Badu – The Way To Go (Further Out Remix)
Open Mike Eagle – Legendary Iron Hood
Stimulator Jones – Need Your Body
Maylee Todd – Arby’s Combo 1


Christian Scott – Ruler Rebel (Atunde Adjuah Remix)
Silvana Estrada – La Despedida (Ft. Ciudad De Las Flores)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Heaven and Earth
Jim James – Blue Skies
Schlachthofbronx – Slowine


Quincy Jones – If I Ever Lose This Heaven
Minnie Riperton – Baby This Love I Have
Electric Wire Hustle – Chaser


Anderson .Paak – The City
Pharaoh Sanders – You’ve Got To Have Freedom
Bob James – Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Common, Fema Kuti Roy Hargrove & Vinia Mojica – Time Travelin (A Tribute To Fela)
Black Star – Respiration (Ft. Common)
Bobby McFerrin – Taylor Made

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Firstly, RIP to one of the greatest voices in music, Mr. Keith Wilder. I only knew of one way to open the show and that was with The Star of the Story. Latest digs from Yaeji out of Seoul, LA’s Overdoz. (produced by PharrellMaid Jordan (new banger is hot!) and Mount Kimbie get the Coby Sey remix treatment.  I’m really excited about this Manhattan jazz outfit, Onyx Collective who were featured on the last Nick Hakim record. Open Mike Eagle delivers as we well in this set alongside new Romare, Miles Bonny and Ty Dolla Sign.  Enjoy!

Heatwave – The Star of a Story
Yaeji – Passion Fruit (Yaeji Edit)
Overdoz – Last Kiss (Ft. Pharrell Williams)
Jarami – Hear This
Sly and the Family Stone – Brave and Strong
Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Working…
Majid Jordan – Gave Your Love Away
Point Point – F + L


Stimulator Jones – Need Your Body
Jonti – Alien
Sly5thave – Let Me Ride (Ft. Jimetta Rose)
Parliament-Funkadelic – Mothership Konnection/Let Me Ride (Kon Remix)
Dr. Dre – Let Me Ride
Yusef – Lateef – The Improvisers


Majid Jordan – Tea & Coffee
Maylee Todd – One Of These Days
Rhye – Please
Carlos Nino and Friends – Organicself


Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – The Emancipation Procrastination
Teen Daze – Kilika
King Krule – Logos
rAHHH – Dog Days
Lakim – 4Me (Dance Mix)


Ty Dolla $Ign – Message In A Bottle
H.E.R. – Let Me In
Open Mike Eagle – No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretends It Don’t Hurt)
DJ Sports – For Real For You
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Onyx Collective – The Mask

Terrace Martin – No Wrong, No Right  (Ft. James Fauntleroy & Robert Glasper)
Sampa The Great – Rhymes to the East
Yaeji – New York 93


Nai Palm – Atoll
Nick Hakim – Cuffed (Live)
Budamunk & Yutaro – Shinomiya
The Roots – It’s Coming
74 Miles Away – Same Dream Again (ft. Ahu & Miles Bonny)
Miles Bonny  –  So Hard


Mount Kimbie –  Marilyn (Coby Sey Remix)
Makaya McCraven – Above & Beyond
Silk – Meeting in my Bedroom (Hexsagon Remix)
Romare – All Night (Live Session 1)


Hundred Waters – Wave To Anchor
Knox Fortune – Stars
Build An Ark – You’ve Gotta Have Freedom

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Newness from Majid Jordan w/ DVSN, Four Set, Maylee Todd, Tennyson, Shigeto and Yaeji who is making her presence felt in the blogosphere. Big fan of her work. Also Nai Palm delivers once again + the WU is back! Also, this Knox Fortune is gold! Catch you next Monday night!
Ghetto Dub – World Dub
Unno – Drink That Butter
ABRA – Pull Up
Sevdaliza – Other Girl
Twit Uno – Chayn Gang
Majid Jordan – One I want
Danny Watts – Pill
Jaubi – Time: The Donut Of The Heart
Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen
Maylee Todd – AFANYALA
yaeji – New York 93
Jhene Aiko – While We’re Young
Masego – Tado
Makaya McCraven – Papaya
The Black Madonna – We Can Never Be Apart
Tennyson – Pancake Feet
Shigeto – There’ A Vibe Tonight
Mathias Lamfa – Lost My Edge
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf
emawk – someone
Iman Omari – So Real
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Pink Skies – Gettin Old
Troyboi – Don’t Want
Tusken – Cerulean City
Alemayehu – Alteleyeshegnem
Nai Palm – Homebody
Mr. Dibiase – Delayed Flight [89]
Daye Jack – Easy
Little Dragon – Peace Of Mind
Connor Pearson – Why
Daphni – Face To Face
Annabel (lee) – Paris, Room 14
Yaeji – Drink Im Sippin On
Quadrupolar – Yusuke Hirado Prospect
Rapsody – U Used 2 Love Me
SAINTS – Blind, I
Primitive Trust – Fallen Down
Wu-Tang Clan – Lesson Learn’d
Mass Influence – Analyze
Jitwam – Alone
Knox Fortune – No Dancing
Nosaj Thing – How We Do
Hundred Waters – Wave to Anchor
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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.”


Toronto’s Maylee Todd returns to the podcast for Episode # 80 co-hosted by Novena Carmel. I should note that prior to hitting record, we stuffed our faces w/ pal Sophia Chang at The Line Hotel inside Pot. (Shout out Roy Choi, Jess + Natasha!). On the podcast we discuss woman’s personal issues, Mushrooms in Joshua Tree, SXSW, the influence of Bjork, porno theaters in the 6 and other madness. Lots of nonsense but full of laughs.

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It’s been crazy! More snapshots coming! Here’s the first couple of days in TO! Big thanks and love to all the wonderful folks who came out to the Drake Underground party on Sunday. It was a truly humbling experience to get to meet lots of folks who tune in every Monday night to the show.  Also, love to Koray, Nik, Gil, Maylee, Elijah, Ces, Jason, Brenda, Basement Blog, Birthday Boy, Elise, Octavio and everyone else I got to meet on this trip.
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