Lots of new releases and finds in 2020 and only 14 days in. Don’t forget to follow my weekly Sonic Safari spotify playlists or keep tabs on my recent KCRW sets. In the mean time, here are a few stand outs found this week. More to come!
Just got hip to this creative out of North Carolina. Here’s a taste of Bedroom Hollywood. The minute I hit play on “The Kids” I got the shivers on my skin. Solid
Hailing out of Philly, this no over night success has been putting in work. Just popped up on my radar with his latest release titled Black Hole Rainbow which is produced from by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes/The War On Drugs). It’s gritty, loose and feel good soul. The minute you hear Devon’s voice, you know you hit something special.
This iconic Brazilian singer/songwriter/producer has been in the game for over 50 years and at the age of 76 just released Cinzento which exemplifies his timeless ear for soulful sonics.
I got to build with Devin Morrison last year and had no idea of his adventures and living in Japan. Recently featured on the recent Phonte solo album, I’m happy to see him continuing his journey and building his sound. Casper definitely sounds out of the box unable to label. I dig! And the layering of these harmonies!!
This Thursday, Jan 17th is the release for Circles. The completed album by Jon Brion and a considered companion piece to Swimming. I got tired of trying to convince folks who thought they had Mac figured out as another rapper. I mentioned his work with Thundercat, Fly Lo, Bilal + Little Dragon. I mentioned his ability to write actual songs with chord changes. I mentioned his ability to be a multi instrumentalist. This song is everything I tried to tell them. And this video tho.
Honorable mention: STRETCH AND BOBBITO
I mean, two of the biggest music lovers I know working with a full band (The M19’s) and covering some of the classics with heart and soul? C’mon!
New adds this week top the playlist. Don’t forget to add the Sonic Safari for new finds, record bin discoveries and more.
Here we go! 5 new favorites that crossed my path this weekend while browsing through my usual rabbit hole of finding new gems. From Baltimore to Brazil, Sydney to the Inland Empire, here’s what I found.
This video tho. I love the dynamics in this cut. Dijon has been on my radar for sometime but now, he’s in rotation. Insert hand clapping emoji here.
Her voice is like butter. Thanks to Si for passing this my way. Natalie should be on your radar. Worked with Simon from Hiatus Kaiyote and forthcoming album on Eglo in 2020! I’m sold on this Aussie talent.
In my head I thought MMYYKK was this vocalist from Philly, grown man on some grown man ish. Turns out his soundcloud account is full of gems and I think he’s young and from SoCal. The chord changes below tho. Fire.
This voice. So strong, forceful and out of Brazil. I played this cut this weekend on KCRW and it just punched me in the gut. Good gibes coming from Luedji.
I went through the rabbit hole and found this amazing band. This trio hailing from Brazil are bringing something new to the table. More here.
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Here we go! 5 Artists with recent and timeless sounds that should be on your radar. I’ve been biking a lot more and these are the gems that are on repeat in the AirPods. Let’s kick this off, shall we?
Something Kaytranada minus the lo hi filters. An 8 person squad from Vermont. Who woulda thought? More here.
Heater here. Been playing this for some time on the radio. But Carsen has been on the grind since popping on my radar in 2018.
Something unique here. Video is dope too! Production is equally tight. Hailing out of London, former waiter with a love for ACDC and Guns N’ Roses.
2-5 years from now this brother will be a house hold name. He seems to contribute or add production to just about every buzz record. He makes amazing videos too. More here. BTW, here’s an old video but a testament to him being timeless.
He’s back with a brand new heater channeling our inner Bad Bunny. Fire tho!
Not only does this beat bump, but Brittany is dropping some serious knowledge on her experience as a bi-racial woman. I played this cut on Sunday’s KCRW show and almost lost my mind on the drums. Brittany is seriously pushing new ground outside of Alabama Shakes and I dig it.
Timing is everything. Give Daniela some time. I’m a fan of her sound and especially this video for Genesis. This Canadian singer/songwriter is creating her own lane utilizing Youtube and various other platforms as her creative outlet.
This new album is really hard to put into a box. One of the reasons why I appreciate it.
New release from Finneas. Thought this was some newcomer, did my research, and wow. Heavyweight! Lol. Still slaps tho!
Another heavyweight who should be on your radar. You have sung her hooks on classics but when she records on her solo material, she pushes boundaries with vocal loops, panning and just sonic goods.
Here we go! New week and new batch of favorites who have been on the grind for some time. You can listen to the cuts from last week’s KCRW sets here. But I wanted to give them some extra shine on the site. Hope you dig! Lets get down to this week’s 5!
I got hip to this band via Big Crown which has been one of my go to labels of 2019. The trio is from multiple parts of the US but sonically feel so connected with their passion for soul and folk.
My discovery of the band headed by David Loca came courtesy of Tyler The Creator who sampled part of their music for one of my favorite cuts of IGOR, Puppet. I searched from the original song and was blown away by Loca’s production and lazy sway of sounds. “It’s Alright With Me” sounds like it was pulled from the record bins from someone’s timeless 70’s record collection.
LA’s very own also part of the Big Crown family. I had the honor of hosting them for my City Beats music series and these are three of the most laid back artists I enjoyed talking music with. They know how to ride something and let it breath and groove but know when to twist it up into something special and different. Not an easy feast to do but similar in the vain of Hiatus Kaiyote.
This voice is so unique and special. I recently played Nostalgia on the air at KCRW and got the chills. Not sure if the warped sample, his voice or drum programming but it all mixes so well. Looking forward to hearing more of his work and collabs.
I was hesitant to putting Mac’s name on this list since he has already been getting lots of love on blogs and music sites but his music is just that dam good. I’ve gotten feedback that there are hints of a young D’Angelo or Smoky Robinson. He definitely has his own sound. LA, he’s coming to town in November!