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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”

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Another session of new records from just about every where. New Dark Side toward the ends of the program to help bring in Tuesday morning. New Jhene Aiko, Reginald Omas Mamade IV and Sampha with a beauty tucked into the set with “Too Much”  Also some classics from E Rule, Outkast, Serge Gainsbourg and mucho mucho has! Hope you dig!

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Roy Hargrove – Pastor (Edit)
Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Instrumental)
Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz
Reginald Omas Mamade IV – Make A Smile
Reginald Omas Mamafe IV – Use Me Up
E Rule – Listen Up (Instrumental)

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Anthony Valadez – Zack’s Thesis
Sampha – Too Much
Mathieu Boogaerts – Une Bonne Nouvekke
Dr. Meaker – Don’ t Think It’s Over (TypeSun Remix)
Nitemoves – Polypel

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The Notorious B.I.G – Unbelievable
Dorothy Ashby – Essence of Saphire
John Wizards – Friend
Fulgeance – He Knows
Minismooth – Message

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Jhene Aiko – The Worst
Boddhi Satva – From Another World
J Louis – When I Make It
Iman Omari – Energy
King Krule – Out Getting Ribs
Warren Xcince – Examine Me (Feat. Etta Bond

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Myron and E – Do It Do It Disco (Tom Noble Edit)
Busta Rhymes Feat. Q Tip – Thank You
Satin Jackets Vs Lykki Li – I Follow Rivers (Fitz Lauder Forever Lasting Edit)
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Prince Language Remix)

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Gentleman Of Leisure – Crying The Dawn
Starchild – Relax
The Are – Time
Marvin Gaye – Time To Get It Together
Michoacan – In The Dark Of The Night

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Toro Y Moi – Cola (Los Girls Edit)
The Procussions – Virginia Wolf
Serge Gainsbourg – Couler Cafe
Low Leaf – Outre.Space
D’Angelo – The Root

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Rudimental – Home
Robert Glasper Experiment – I Stand Alone (Feat. Common)
Lord Echo – Bohemian Idol
Ticklah – Deception (Feat. Vinia Moojica
Darkside – Gold Arrow

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Selah Collins – Pick A Sound
Kwes – Flowers

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No Monday show this week however I sat in for the amazing musical selector/hug giver Anne Litt this past Sunday and played a lot of my favorite tracks from 2013 including new cuts from David Bowie, Yuna, King Krule, Arcade Fire, Chromeo, Milosh and much more. Hope you dig this show! Catch you all next Monday night back in the basement!

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Kronos Quartet feat. Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe – Sorrow Tears and Blood
Body Language – Charm
Decoders – Hey There Lonely Boy (Feat Coco O of Quadron)
Yuna – I Want You Back
Shawn Lee’s Incredible Tabla Band – Apache

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Theophilus London – Rio
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend (Dj Vadim Remix)
Gregory Porter – Time Is Ticking
Marvells – Rock Steady (This Is Tomorrow Remix)
Reginald Omas Mamade Iv – Do You?
Souleance – Georgian Kiss

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King Krule – Neptune Estate
Tiny Hearts – Snow Cold
Beck – Gimme
Glasser – Forge
Moby – A Long Time

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Afro Brazillian Remix)
Milosh – This Time
Cut Chemist – Work My Mind (Feat. Chali 2na)
Toro Y Moi – Harm In Change (J Boogie Edit)

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The Smiths – This Charming Man
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects
The Stepkids – The Lottery
Chromeo – Over Your Shoulder
David Bowie – Love Is Lost (James Murphy Remix)

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Camille Yarbrough – Praise You (Jim Sharp Remix)
Quantic with Ana Tijoix – Do Wop (That Thing)
Stevie Wonder – Fine Superstition (King Most Edit)
Nina Simone – Be My Husband (Jeremy Sole’s Edit)
AfroSound – Negua
Crayon – Give You Up (Darfus Remix)

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Maylee Todd – I Can’t Stand It
Haeleighblu – Enough Now
RJd2 – Temperamental (Feat. Phonte Coleman)
Sebastien Tellier – L’amor Naissant
The Refreshed Orchestra – Show Me What You Got

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Mayer Hawthorne – Green Eyed Love (Classixx Remix)
White Water – Daylight (Domenico Torti’s Remix)
Submotion Orchestra – Damn Hot
Nephews Of Fela X Mulato Astake – Mulah 2

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The Internet – Don’t Cha
Kwes – B_shf_L
Aloe Blacc – Mi Familiia
Booka Shade – Kalimera

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Another fun show in the books filled with new gems from YunaPaul McCartneyMilosh77 Karat Gold (Japan), Oscar Key Sung (Melbourne) Lord EchoInternet + classics via The Wu Tang ClanThe DelfonicsRoger and Zapp and so much more. Also make sure to peep the boogie set tucked away in the middle of things! Hope you dig this week’s show!  While you are at it, go take a look at all the pics from KCRW listeners who sent me their snapshots of the listening environments in which they enjoy the show from. This is my fun expirment to create a visual dialogue with listeners in real time.  Go look!  From Barcelona to Algiers and in my backyard pics were sent!
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77 Karat Gold – Love
Tony Allen, Theo Parrish and Eska – Days Like This Rework
Fulgeance – The Fan (Instrumental)
Milosh – This Time
Lord Echo Digital Haircut
Jhene Aiko – From Time (Crazy Love Edit)
Wiz Khalifa – Work (Myth Sizer Remix)
Sango – Until Saturday Feat. Ta-Ku & Tracey

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Skin Town – 2nite
Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do
Dbow – Get Involved
Stevie Wonder – Mastablasta Flip (Boyle Edit)
Wu Tang Clan – Can It All Be So Simple

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The Internet – Red Balloon
Jo Def – Tookitthurr
Jackson & His Computer Band – More
Maylee Todd – Successive Mutations
Iamnobodi – Lawd She Bad

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L’Orange & Stik Figa – Dusty Speakers
Orlandivo – Ondo Anda A Meu Amor
Systema Solar – El Amarillo
Pusha T – Numbers On The Board
Zo Aka La Chauve Souris – Be Alright
The Delfonics – La La (Means I Love You)
Zapp & Roger – Computer Love
Trishes – themefrom808

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Years & Years – You & I
Wookie – Battle (feat. Lain)
Ryan Hemsworth – Yaeko Mitamura Is Lonely
Black Milk x Akua – Puddles
Oddisee – One Thing Right

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Morgan Zarate – Kaytsu
White Water – Daylight (Domenico Torti’s Dub)
Mtume – Green light (Deep & Disco Edit)
Loose Ends – It’s All Over My Face
Lumbalu – Kumatilanye (Los Chicos Altos Remix) (feat. Andy)

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Kwes – 36
Yuna – I Want You Back
Paul McCartney – Looking At Her
Spacek – Roun Soun
IllaJ – TImeless
Derrick Hodge – Live Today (Feat. Common)
Machine Drum – Infinite Us

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Kronos Quartet w/ Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe and Stuart Bogie – Sorrow Tears + Blood
Jono McCleery – Ballade (Djrum Edit)
Robert Glasper Experiment – Worries (Feat. Dwele)
Jnerio Jarel – Let Get With It
Amp Fiddler – Unconditional Eyes
The Park – Belle

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If you have been listening to my radio show for the past 5 years then odds are you might have heard a Maylee Todd record.  I became intrigued after watching her amazing youtube videos that consist of sheer talent and humor. She is this week’s guest on the ANTVALA podcast and after our little chat it all began to make sense where all these elements came from. She shares some pretty interesting knowledge about what it’s like to be the daughter of an Elvis impersonator and much more!

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Seriously. Can someone tell me what is in the water up in Toronto?  The Precious Lo’s sent me this track a while back and it fit well into my all radio sets and was in rotation but thanks to this awesome and fun video it looks like I need to break it once again. This one features Maylee Todd who was just featured on my blog a few days back. Grab some popcorn, sit back and hit play!

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This one contained all my favorite heaters currently in rotation at home or in the car! The new Maylee Todd is fire! And Skin Town is generating quite the buzz with their release set to drop next week. But this Souleance track to kick off the show is fire!  Also peep Mark de Clive-Lowe kill the classic  Hot Music!  You can listen to our chat via my podcast!  Also I’m doing this experiment where I am asking listeners of the show to send me their pictures of the listening envirionment in which they are enjoying the show. See them all here! You can also download 40 plus minutes of these dj sets which I selected as some of my favorites!  Okay. Go enjoy the show!

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Souleance – Georgian Kiss
Maylee Todd – I Can’t Stand It
Suz – Ditant Sky (Don’t Say A Word)
YC The Cynic – Fall Fwd
Gene Russell – Up Up and Away
Fulgeance – Velcro
Skin Town – Midnight Lover
Tycho – Awake

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Tiny Hearts – Stay
Dj Rashad – Brighter Days
Pusha T – Sweet Serenade
Jonwayne – The Come Up Pt. 2
Flickermood – Untitled
Wookie – Battle (Feat Lain)

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The Internet – Dont’cha
Damon Bell – Ezuku (D-Bo Edit)
Rhye – Woman (Eprom Edit)
Elodie Rama – City Of Hope (20 Syl Version)
Janet Jackson – Would You Mind (Rancido’s Passport High Life Edit)

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Celia Cruz – Quimbara
Celia Cruz – La Guagua
Celia Cruz – La Vida Es Un Carnival
Hayden James – Beginnings
Denitia and Sene – Feel Better
Oscar Key Sung – Sure Thing
Four Tet – Unicorn

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Reginald Omas Mamade IV – Do You
Banks – Warm Water
Ladi6 – Ikrus (14KT Remix)
The Notorious B.I.G – 10 Crack Commandments
Mala – Como Como (Theo Parrish Remix)
Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (The Melker Project Remix)

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Raleigh Ritchie – A Moor
Fatima – Circle
Disclosure – Latch (Feat. Sam Smith)
Moomin – The Story About You

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Toro Y Moi – Harm In Change (J Boogie Edit)
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (Montefiori Remix)
Maxwell – Lifetime

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Chance The Rapper – Everything’s Good
ASAP Ferg – Hood Pop (Nina Vegas Edit)
Block Party – Obscene (Kele Remix)
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Hot Music (Extended Version)
Koreless – Lost In Tokyo (Contreau Remix)

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Hiatus Kaiyote – Rainbow Rhodes (The Stuyvesants Remix)
Darondo – Didn’t I
Build An Ark – Peace With Every Step
S3 – Don’t Stop
Atropolis – Which Way To Go? (Feat. Carol C)
Emanon – She Thinks

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