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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.


Devin Morrison 

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!!



Mac Miller

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!

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Newness from Majid Jordan w/ DVSN, Four Set, Maylee Todd, Tennyson, Shigeto and Yaeji who is making her presence felt in the blogosphere. Big fan of her work. Also Nai Palm delivers once again + the WU is back! Also, this Knox Fortune is gold! Catch you next Monday night!
Ghetto Dub – World Dub
Unno – Drink That Butter
ABRA – Pull Up
Sevdaliza – Other Girl
Twit Uno – Chayn Gang
Majid Jordan – One I want
Danny Watts – Pill
Jaubi – Time: The Donut Of The Heart
Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen
Maylee Todd – AFANYALA
yaeji – New York 93
Jhene Aiko – While We’re Young
Masego – Tado
Makaya McCraven – Papaya
The Black Madonna – We Can Never Be Apart
Tennyson – Pancake Feet
Shigeto – There’ A Vibe Tonight
Mathias Lamfa – Lost My Edge
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf
emawk – someone
Iman Omari – So Real
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Pink Skies – Gettin Old
Troyboi – Don’t Want
Tusken – Cerulean City
Alemayehu – Alteleyeshegnem
Nai Palm – Homebody
Mr. Dibiase – Delayed Flight [89]
Daye Jack – Easy
Little Dragon – Peace Of Mind
Connor Pearson – Why
Daphni – Face To Face
Annabel (lee) – Paris, Room 14
Yaeji – Drink Im Sippin On
Quadrupolar – Yusuke Hirado Prospect
Rapsody – U Used 2 Love Me
SAINTS – Blind, I
Primitive Trust – Fallen Down
Wu-Tang Clan – Lesson Learn’d
Mass Influence – Analyze
Jitwam – Alone
Knox Fortune – No Dancing
Nosaj Thing – How We Do
Hundred Waters – Wave to Anchor
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It was kind of hard to top last week’s playlist but some nice heat rocks dropped on this week’s KCRW set courtesy of Daniel Crawford beautifully recreating Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun + newness from SG Lewis, Toro Y Moi, Vince Staples, Omar, Phoenix, Vic Mensa and more!


The Midnight Band – A Dollar Nine
Serpentwithfeet – Redemption
Daniel Crawford – Black Hole Sun (Thank You Chris)
Calvin Harris – Slide (Zikomo Remix)
SG Lewis – Times We Had (Ft. Toulouse)
Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1)
Jarreau Vandal – Someone That You Love (Tek.Lun Remix)
Da-P And The Mind – Ms. Communication (Ft. Sun)
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister – Sun


Toro Y Moi – Girl Like You
Vince Staples – Bagbak
Jorja Smith – Imperfect Circle
Omar – Gave My Heart Feat Leon Ware (Scratch Professer Remix)


Phoenix – Via Veneto
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Childish Gambino – The Night Me and Your Mama Met
XO – Dandelion Kids (End)
Pat Lok – You Street


Nick Hakim – Farmissplease
Gizmo – Lift Me Up (Feat. Nick Hakim)
Vic Mensa – OMG (Ft. Pusha T)
Illa J – Home
Thornato – El Oro De La Tolita (Feat. Taribo)


Cody Chestnutt – Have You Heard Anything From The Lord Today
Jarami – Fredonia Drive
Bonobo – Bambro Koyo Ganda (Feat. Innov Gnawa)
Marti Nikko & DJ Drez – Explorers Of Infinity (Ft. Eddie Young)
Hector Plimmer – Bossa B


Dave Baker – Glow Of Love
Danny Krivit – Runaway (Danny Krivit Edit – The Salsoul Orchestra)
Thornato – Welwyn (Ft. Harry Vanvagen)
Nick Walker – 11 Winter Girl Saint Francis
Miles Bonny – The Way (Feat. Shhor) [Tall Black Guy Remix]


Kondi Band – Thank You Mama
Koffie – Nachthengst
Seu Jorge – Babydoll
Leven Kali – Smile
Koffie – Hard Times (Ft. Benny Sings & Emiel Van Rijthoven)


Funky DL – Fall In Love
Emanon – She Thinks
Ian O’Brien – Days To Come


Wells Fargo Center (333 S Grand Avenue)


A fresh addition to the Bunker Hill scene, the bi-weekly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez. The series, which runs every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, April through June, provides a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Grab lunch, sit back, and enjoy the show!


April 19: Tropi Corillo with Anthony Valadez
May 3: Buyepongo with Anthony Valadez
May 17: Subsuelo with Anthony Valadez
June 7: Very Be Careful with Anthony Valadez
June 21: Ethio Cali with Anthony Valadez



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This new Jonwayne is easily one of my favorites of 2017. PERIOD. Also new on the radar are the sounds of Toronto’s Young Clancy. Digging his mixture of soul into the blend of things. Also in the set are new works from Nao, Little Dragon, Electric Guests, SMINO and some edits from Kutcorners.  Also in the set is a new 4 on the floor track from Anna Wise which is pretty darn fresh!  Hope you dig this week’s set. See you next Monday night! Also, have you had a chance to peep my new series LOOPED? Watch it here. 


Scrimshire – Gi’s Tata (Scrimshire’s 7′ edit)
Jonwayne – Blue Green
Kendrick Lamar – For Sale? (Pools Edit)
Young Clancy – Always Have
Quelle Chris – It’s Great To Be (Feat. Bilal Salaam and Chris Keys)
Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
Fred Wesley – Four Play (Feat. Maceo Parker)


Jaw Gems – Peace Pipe
Sir OJ – Trabalho (Work Brazil Edit)
2 PAC – If My Homies Call
NAO – Get To Know You (Kaytranada Flip)
Anna Wise – Same Mistakes
Electric Guests – Zero
Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids
Dj Spinna – Music In Me (Feat Shaun Escoffery)


Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle (Kutcorners Dang! Blend)
Kutcorners – My Boo, Anthony (Kutcorners Edit)
SMINO – Anita
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Autumn Leaves
Evisbeats – Yureru (Feat. Dengaryu)
Karriem Riggins – Oddness
Anita O Day – Tenderly (Mocky Remix)
Alfa Mist – Sunrise (Pillow)
Omar – This Way That Way
Bob James – Look Alike


Bambooman – Irish Moss (Zack Christ Remix)
Young Clancy – Coming To U Live
Sampha – No One Knows Me Like The Piano
FKJ – Skyline
Plusma and Emune – Relax
Little Dragon – High


Bottle Tree – Open Secret
Gagle – Flow (Feat. Takuya Kuroda)
Jimetta Rose – Catch A Vibe
Lord Echo – Whoa! There’s No Limit (Feat. Mara TK)


Lee Fields And The Expressions – Just Can’t Win
The PLAYlist – Chasing Goosebumps
Gizmo – Dancing
Nick Hakim – I Bet She Looks Like You
Royce Wood Junior – Clanky Love


Attitude – Love Me Tonight (Kaytranada Remix)
The Time – Get It Up
Black Atlaas – Holding On


Hanni El Khatib – Miracles
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Crawl
Tall Black Guy – The Big Payback (TBG Flip)
Bonobo – No Reason








Looped is an audio & visual journey through the eyes of KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez. Explore the streets, beats and meet the people who make it happen.

Episode 1 takes us deep into the KCRW music library, with Anthony digging in the stacks to find his favorite records from the 90s. Watch!