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.
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!
So a bit more time on my hands these days. This gives me more time to search deeper and harder for my weekend radio show. Instead of relying on on the same music that gets serviced to myself and the million of radio dj’s, I take great pride in digging in record bins, blogs and folks creating master pieces at home. Behold, 5 artists I came across the truly move me and hopefully move you!
Fresh out of London with a unique voice. Hell N Back has been on rotation on my KCRW sets and he has received co-signs from Elton John and Skepta. Check out his debut release BadKid when you get a chance!
I just picked up this Charlottesville singer/songwriter’s latest EP “I Dont Wanna Lose” and instantly fell in love with the lazy notes and chords sprinkled into this beautiful project. Another gem in rotation during my KCRW sets. Check out her soundcloud when you get a chance.
Looking forward to linking with this London singer/songwriter while she is in LA. Her latest EP titled Sensitive Soul moves me every time. I can think of the last time a new artist has sent chills down my spine with such meaningful harmonies.
Heard this cut in my yoga class and can not get enough of FARR. This lovely cover does justice to its cover of La Roux’s classic. More gems courtesy of FARR’s soundcloud.
While browsing through my emails and music submissions, this gem stood out. TIMEE has the guitar swag of Mac Demarco or Steve Lacey with 90’s drum samples and trap vocal samples. Not an easy task to pull off. Stevan hails from Wollongong and at the age of 18 manages to pull off off songwriting/production on his own.
Big ups to Penthouse Penthouse for this vinyl copy of the new Jefferson Park Boys LP! And hours before it’s release, the new Anderson Paak single somehow managed to work it’s way into my inbox! Also new SOSUPERSAM (heater!), Amber Mark, Towkio, Lakim, Zhu with Tame Impala, Cut Chemist, Little Dragon and Peggy Gou. I’m away for SXSW next week but enjoy this Pre SXSW mix!
Jefferson Park Boys – Gramercy Place
Jefferson Park Boys – Abadoned Camrys
Keys N Krates – Incio
Anderson .Paak – ‘Til It’s Over
JD Reid – Just Know (Ft. Henry Wu & Venna)
Black Milk – True Lies
Boerd – Blind
Francis & The Lights – Morning
Amber Mark – Love Me Right
Jose Roberto – Criola Multicolorida
In Love With A Ghost – Healing
Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back To Cali (J Rocc / J Dilla Motor City Blend)
Johnnie Taylor – You’re The Girl In The World
Towkio – 2 Da Moon (Ft. Grace Weber, Teddy Jackson)
Lakim – Nightfall
Zhu & Tame Impala – My Life
Kero Kero Bonito – Cinema
Aaron Childs – Tangerine (Channel Tres Remix)
Sza – The Weekend (B. Lewis X Rcade Remix)
Skin Town – Midnight Lover
SG Lewis – Aura
Miraa May – Benji
Cut Chemist – Home Away From Home (Ft. Laura Darlington)
Nosaj Thing – U G (Les Sins Remix)
Sosupersam – Drip
God.Damn.Chan – Supa Ugly
Jarreau Vandal X MR Carmack – James Joint (Rihanna Cover)
Little Dragon – Best Friends
Cashmere Cat – Victoria’s Veil
Peggy Gou – Han Jan
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye (Dan Kye Remix)
Flight Mode – It’s So Nice
G.Q. – Disco Night (Rock Freak)
Rhye – Taste (Mano Le Tough Remix)
Onyx Collective – Mambo Pancakes
Bootsy Collins – Worth My While (Ft. Kali Uchis)
Marta Kubišová – Tak Dej Se K Nam A Projdem Svet
Amber Olivier – Hey
Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down
DJ Taye – Truu (Ft. DJ Paypal)
Toshio Matsuura Group – L.M. II
Ryan Porter – Déjà vu
Kendrick Lamar – the Art of Peer Pressure
Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin
Wantigga – Meditation
Menahan Street Band – The Traitor
Penthouse Penthouse – Let Go (Feat. Carla & Love Logic)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Funeral
Gabriel-Garzon Montano – My Balloon
Femi Kuti – Corruption Na Stealing