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Back from SXSW with record bag full of new gems from FKJ, unearthed Peter Zummo, Durand Jones & The Indications, Leon Bridges, Young Fathers + album of the week courtesy of Sango! Highlights come from Serpentwithfeet, Jaala and BLVK SPVDE!

Peter Zummo – Song 2 : Right , Off The Beat
FKJ – Tui
Mary J. Blige – Love No Limit ($Teve1der Edit)
Aaliyah – Try Again (Riddim Blendz)
Cleo Sol – Why Don’t You
Te’Amir – Whew


Stimulator Jones – Need Your Body
Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
Meshell N’Degeocello – Sensitivity
Mobb Deep – G.O.D., Pt. III
Smerz – Bail On Me
Durand Jones & The Indications – Make A Change
Woolymammoth – Riskybidness (Ft. Tsuruda)


Sosupersam – Drip
Nosaj Thing – U G (Les Sins Remix)
Francis Bebey – Bissao (Pilooski Edit)
Adrian Younge – Starlights
Nilufer Yanya – Keep On Calling
Space Ghost – Endless Night


Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News
Nick Bike – Oh*Jay
Fantasy Guys – Jazzy Kisses
DJ Koze – Illumination (Ft. Roisin Murphy)
SG Lewis – Aura (Feat. J Warner) (Mele Remix)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Island In The Sun


Serpentwithfeet – Bless Ur Heart
Jaala – Horn
BLVCK SPVDE – A Toast To The Quiet Life (Ft. Bianca Fitzpatrick, Najii Person And Zado)
Yuno – Grapefruit


Young Fathers – Holy Ghost
Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush
Mike Chav – When The Time Comes
The Sylvers – Only One Can Win (DJ Archi Dilla Edit)
J Dilla – Two Can Win
Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More


Yo La Tengo – Ashes
Sango – Changing Channels (Ft. James Vincent McMarrow)
Sango – On Me (ft. Jon Bap)
Barry Biggs – Love Come Down
The Bad Plus – Hurricane Birds
Ravyn Lenae – The Night Song
Penthouse Penthouse – Koopa Beach
Fortune – Finesse
The Cyclist – The City Hangover
Ben Hauke – One For Goldtooth (2step Swing)
Oumou Sangare – Fadjamou [St. Germain Remix]
The O’Jays – I Love Music


Charlotte Day Wilson – Falling Apart
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down
Khurangbin – Friday Morning

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The first hour was all about connecting the dots musically. From Sly5thAve to Dre, Junie to Kanye, Meshell to a whole slew of 90’s R&B jams all bases were covered. Newness from System Olympia, Matthewdavid, SIR, James Blake, Tom Misch, Kaelin Ellis, ONRA, Chris Dave And The Drumhedz, Nils Frahm and so much more. Hope you enjoy!

Sly 5th Ave – Still Dre
Dr. Dre – Still Dre
Junie Morrison – Suzie Thundertussy
Kanye West – No More Parties In L.A.
Jackson de Ponto – Capoeria Mata Um (DJ Irie Edit)
System Olympia – 8


Meshell N’Degeocello – Tender Love
Force M.D.’s – Tender Love
Zapp – Computer Love
Bobby Caldwell – My Flame
The Notorious B.I.G. – Sky’s The Limit
The Jefferson Park Boys – Gramercy Place
Matthewdavid – Flow With The Go


James Blake – If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead
El Buho – Coro Del Amanecar
Sir – War
Jono McCleery – Gabriel
Roy Davis Jr. – Gabriel


Tiron And Ayomari – It’s A Trip
Kaelin Ellis – Move
Onra – No Questions
Scratch Bastard – Finesse X Do You Remember
Miguel – Come Thru And Dub (J Boogie Edit)
Chris Dave And The Drumhedz – Black Hole
Nils Frahm – Sunson


Tensei x ADAD – Danger
Gamboa Beatz – Malditas Melodias
Gabor Szabo – Spellbinder
Tek.Lun – Where I Wanna Be
Champion – World
1954 – Blue Boy


Eden – Crash
Young Fathers – In My View
Falty DL – Small Room (Fake Smiling Faces)
Tom Misch – Water Baby
Ta’Raach – Star Of The Story


Ady Suleiman – Not Giving Up
Timmy Thomas – My Sexy Woman
Groundislava – City Dream
Leven Kali – Do U Wrong


Evidence – Throw It All Away
Nightmares On Wax – Tell My Vision
Francis & The Lights – Faithful
Prince – Father’s Song


Khruangbin – Evan Finds The Third Room
Badbadnotgood – To You (Andy Shauf Cover)

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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. 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?”


I am honored once again to introduce the amazing Meshell N’Degeocello as she performs songs off her latest album entitled Comet, Come To Me. 13 songs that once again explore every human emotion possible in one’s lifetime in a matter 45 minutes. What stands out on this album is the instrumentation which continues right where she left off on her last album Weather. The grooves become more solid and Meshell takes control of this album with her lyrics and smooth bass delivery. If you don’t have this album, go grab it! If you have it and are in LA on the 21st of September then I expect to see you at the El Rey! Grab tickets here!


Dexter Story just about does it all. If you have seen live music anywhere in Los Angeles during the past 10 years, chances are you have seen him on stage playing bass, guitar or drums. I met Dexter while recording a session for Ammon Contact roughly 9 years ago. I instantly gravitated towards his positive energy and ability to access situations with a can do attitute. I know this sounds like a letter of reference but once you listen I think you will understand what It is I am talking about.  I later learned Dex also worked product management for some big releases as well as artist management. He is a friend, father and great guy. I’m sure his energy will travel from this soundcloud link and into your heart. Hope you enjoy this episode!

Follow Dex on twitter at @DexterStory for great updates and insight.

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Last night was exactly what I needed. In a week of debate on race, law, legislation, woman’s rights and budget talks I have to say it was nice to turn off the tv and head to the beach to hear Meshell. Ever since college I could count on her music to help me just sit and vibe with my self. Her latest album draws inspiration and is a tribute to the late Nina Simone. Nina’s spirit was in the air last night on the Santa Monica Pier. These songs put me at peace and as I would look out at the crowd I could see I was not the only one.  It was an honor to host this event and bring Meshell out.  Big love to the Twilight Concert Series for making these free concerts happen for the community.










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Hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

Nothing is more iconically SoCal than Summer Nights at the beach with friends, classic and emerging live band performances, pier fun, and beer gardens galore.  Now in its 29th year, the quintessential Twilight Concert Series will attract thousands of concertgoers from all over Southern California and throughout the country to the new and improved Santa Monica Pier – featuring new restaurants, gourmet food carts, shops, and more!

This ten-concert series will feature an eclectic mix of emerging and established artists from around the globe.  Plus, this year’s Twilight Concert Series will be live streamed so fans everywhere can tune in to check out these phenomenal acts!  KCRW DJs introduce each show.

Every Thursday, July 11 – September 12.  7pm.  For more information, visit


The Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401 [Map]


Limited parking is available in the 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Lot, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no parking permitted on the Pier Parking Deck. Concertgoers are encouraged to take the Big Blue Bus or to utilize the free bike valet, stationed next to the beach bike path just south of the pier.  Parking info at

Insider Tip: The municipal lots at 4th/Colorado helps you avoid traffic on the way out. Biking, skating, moonwalking highly encouraged.