Hey all. Back with a Sunday pop up edition of VALA FM: Sounds for Plant Lovers. To be honest, I lost track of time and dates and thought it was Sunday but recorded on Saturday. The beauty of self isolation? Hope you are keeping safe in your confines. I put together this set with hopes of keeping you company for a little less than hour. And thanks to all who joined me during my Friday night IG edition of Quarantine Gardens.
Also – Make sure to check out previous episodes!
Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3
VALA FM FM 004: Tracklist
Shabaka and The Ancestors – Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable
Jay Electronica – The Never Ending Story
Contour – Distance
Phenomenal Handclap Band – Traveler’s Prayer
Tenderlonious – Maria
Onyx Collective – Where Or When (feat. Kesley Lu)
Nicola Cruz – Drom Tradisie
Michael White – The Blessing Song
Kristina Alcordo – Ride Or Die
The Quiet Ones – Ninguem
Manuel Darquart – Im Not Over You
Aura Safari – Rhythm Of Live
Theo Parrish – Carpet People Don’t Drink Steak Soda
Daedelus – Baba Yaga (Breathing Effect Remix)
Arthur Russel – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face
Hey friends + fam.
New Music Friday continues during such uncertain times but I truly hope all this music helps with a little escape. I just purged through old records to make way for new sounds. Listen directly via Spotify here. Canada comes in strong with the new PartyNextDoor and Jessie Reyez who has one of the freshest voices in music today. Also on the radar is new KNXWLEDGE w/ Anderson .Paak, And don’t sleep on Cleo Sol. Her whole production on this new album is timeless.
Wasn’t sure how often I’d do this but got positive feedback. I truly hope this adds value to your everyday lives. Ive maintained routines which include yoga in the living room, reading, dog walks and still looking for new and exciting sounds. I’m positive we will come out of this better people. You can check out more of my mixes here. If you missed Episode 1, enjoy!
VALA FM 002 : Tracklist
Sounds for Plant lovers –
Kate Tempest – Hold Your Own
Build An Ark – Equipoise
Phillip Owusu – Good Night
Dj Rodgers – If You Didn’t Love Me
Eunice Collins – At The Hotel
Clever Austin – A5
Khruangbin – White Gloves
Furns – Sparks
Donald Byrd – Close Your Eyes and Look Within
Clammbon – Imaginary Folklore (Nujabes Edit)
Tevo Howard – Politics and Romance
Munchi – Madre No Llores
King Krule – Alone, Omen 3
Lex Amor – Pink
Allysha Joy – Orbit
Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
Crazy times we I’ve in but the show must go on and the beat don’t stop. It’s New Music Friday to help keep us all sane and I couldn’t be more happier with my soundtrack. Normally I would be prepping for my weekend radio show and tonight’s gig but like Kanye once said “When you make plans, God laugh’s”. Please hit me via email if you need to talk, chat. I’m here.
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New gems from the Mac Miller deluxe release, Kutmah delivers on All City and a reissue from Hiroshi Yoshimura. Also new Villagers, Louis Prince, Sam Gendel covers as classic and Onipa with the world vibes. And big hometown love to Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhannad’s new project titled “Jazz Is Dead“. Hope you dig. Listen directly here.
Here we go! A new batch of positive gems to help me/you get through the day. How are you by the way? I’ve been hanging with my pup, reading the Death of WCW, listening to lots of NTS Radio, Dublab, MBE and various other stations. Also taking lots of cool pics. Okay, hit play and peep some of my favorite gems that lift my spirit. Hope the lift yours.
Children Of Zeus – No Sunshine Tomorrow
UK’s Children Of Zeus struck with this one some time ago but it always gives me the chills. Feels timely.
Bruna Mendez – Corpo Miragem
Sultry, soulful and beautiful. Can not get enough of this clip + song.
Contour – Stop Trying to Be God (Travis Scott Cover)
Hailing out of South Carolina, this kid is creating his own lane. I’m a fan. He has new music out but this cover of Travis Scott is all the vibes I need today.
Joe Arroyo – Rebellion
I remember visiting Colombia late last year and hearing this record through out Bogotà. It’s always been a dance floor killer here in LA but to hear it in it’s roots powerful. This one never gets old.
Yusef Lateef – Love Theme From Spartacus
I know children that were born and couples that had their first dance to this beautiful gem. I remember hitching a ride to San Diego with Carlos Niño to meet brother Lateef. He was a true humble spirit.
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New songs pulled from my recent KCRW set except for the Terrance Etc. cut. Peep below!
Terrance Etc. – Infinince or Infinity
This song has been on repeat nonstop in my ear buds. From coffee runs to dog walks, on the road or while sitting in the steam room at the Y during work outs. Terrance has directed amazing videos and behind HBO’s Random Acts Of Flyness. And to hear his sonic offering has been a blessing to my ears.
DRAMA – Billy
An oldie but goodie. Got the chance to hang with them in Chicago while working on the Place In Sound podcast. Now signed to Ghostly, we are witnessing their growth, but Billy will always have a home in my heart.
Hanni El Khatib – Stressy
With Hanni, you never know if your getting grit, soul or even something other. I love that about his music. Wait Wait Wait still remains a favorite. This beat reminds me of 90’s Chemical Brothers. There are lots of things happening in this one song. I dig.
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
The genius reigns supreme. Last night I played this song on KCRW and I wanted to figure out why I actually loved this song. Thundercat channels 70’s soul with 2040 lyrics. He connects worlds, but most importantly he’s having fun.
Ben Chandler – Sad Boy
Don’t know much about him, but I’m here for it!