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Here we go! Loads of new music to share from Ryan Porter on the jazz tip, Dam Funk gives The Avalanches a little pow, Towkio delivers his long awaited LP and Thundercat gets chopped and screwed.  Also new gems from Little DragonAmber OlivierJordan RakeiLakim, and Kwes. 

Stimulator Jones – La Mano
The Avalanches – Because Im Me (Dam Funk Remix)
Amber Olivier – When It’s Over
Ryan Porter – Deja Vu
God.Damn.Chan – Smoke Break
PRhyme – Era (Feat. Dave East)
Big Yuki – Eclipse (Feat. Chris Turner)


Charlotte Day Wilson – Falling Apart
Thundercat x Ron C – Them Changes (Chopnotslop Remix)
Towkio – Disco
Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane Remix)


Aaron Childs – Tangerine (Channel Tres Remix)
Girls Of the Internet – When U Go
Mina – Allo
MJ x Jet Boot – You Rock My World (Edit)
Black Milk – 2 Would Try (Feat. Dwele)


Blood Orange – June 12th
Demo Taped – Insecure
Keys N Krates – Glitter (Feat. Ambre Perkins)
Oscar Key Sung – D.Y.T
Asir Leon – What It Does (J Kid Remix)


Little Dragon – Sway Daisy
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye (Dan Kye Remix)
J.D Reid – Just Know (Feat. Henry Wu and Venna)
Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down
Vesce – Here 2 Stat


Chrome Sparks – Still Think
Kero Kero Bonito – Cinema
Miraa May – Benji
Lakim – Nightfall
Michael Calfan – On You


Kwes. – Midori
Khruangbin – Como Me Quieres
Joey Dosik – The Night Before
Dramadigs – Fall In Love
Vesce – Call 2 Mind
Green Street – Don’t Deny It


Mankoora – Sonor Tropical
J.Kid – Call Me
DrewsThatDude – Journey
Laura Misch – Lagoon


Selebeyone – Are You In Peace?
Dimlite – Kalima Death Swamps


ABJO somehow and mysteriously pops up on my radar with amazing remixes and original cuts that end up on my Soundcloud stream. I always wanted to reach out to him and pick this kid’s head in terms of inspiration and especially his ear. We talk about his success in monetizing his work and what it’s like to create something that rests in his mind and making it come to life. You will definitely be hearing more from this kid in the coming months if not years.

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This week’s guest on the podcast is emcee Waldo. Waldo caught my attention with his unique style and various rhyming patterns but also his production via Sango. When the two work together on a track I think it’s fair to say there is nothing like it. Waldo is able to set a mood during the first few bars of any song and have been the soundtrack during some of my long drives and travels. Listen in as he discusses life in Grand Rapids, growing up in a religious home and what currently inspires him.

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Here it is! My top 10 albums of 2013 pulled from the KCRW site! I wanted to go a little deeper and reflect as to why these albums made my list.  Some of these might not have had major impact on radio or sales but they survived the test of time in my car and headphones. These albums moved me all year and stayed in nonstop rotation on my radio show or simply while doing my every day errands.  These lists are always are always hard to compile but It’s great to see Chance The Rapper drop a free album and make the list. I’m also glad to see indie artists like Sango and Skin Town make music that is not flavor of the moment but rather albums that make me excited about music again.  Okay! The List!


1. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return 
I can tell you the exact moment I popped this cd in and hit play. I was en route to grab dinner and track after track I was moved by every song! I made it to track 6 before grabbing food then jumped back in the car and continued through the rest of the album. Toro Y Moi kills with the drums and synths on Anything In Return even bringing in piano rave elements with vocals. One of the best elements in this album is hearing it explore different feelings and textures. It does not remain in anyone one element or genre. It travels! “Cola” is one of my favorite tracks! Its a free download!


2. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name 
Many years in the game since his days with the Clipse and still sounding hungry as ever! Something happens to rappers and lyricists when they grow a little older. We hear the hunger fade. Pusha T sounds fresh and displays skills in top form! Tracks like “Numbers On the Board”, “Nosetalgia” and “King Push” hit me in a place unlike most artists. Production is tight as well that allow Pusha to breathe and deliver each rhyme with ease.


3. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 
Real talk. I was not feeling this album upon first listening other than Neptune Estate. After a few late night listens after dj gigs this album began to sink in. Soon the guitars began to connect with me and Archie’s hieroglyphic lyrics began to parallel a mood or feeling I was experiencing.  And soon I could not wait to take those long late night drives with 6 Feet Beneath The Moon on play. It’s a wonderful album with guitars being super lush with massive reverb over vocals and instruments that take you into another world.


4. Jose James – No Beginning No End
With Jose you never know if your going to get a straight up jazz album, an electronic fused record or a soul cut. This is one of the qualities that I love about his appreciation for the wide musical spectrum!  This time around Jose James steps up the plate and hits it out of the park with amazing musicianship backing him up. With hint’s of D’Angelo’s Voodoo blended into the mix fused with Jose’s wonderful voice it’s super easy to throw this one in my top 10 of 2013


5. Chance The Rapper 
Fresh out of Chi Town Chance drops this self release with out the backing of a record company. It’s a free download that is not your average album. It pushes elements of Juke/footwork while letting Chance be free of the constraints of most rappers. Production if flawless and lets discuss Chance’s unique flow and vocal delivery!? In some ways he has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Pharcyde and it’s a valid point. But it’s 2013 when an single emcee can bridge 1993 and 2013 and own it then he get’s my kudos!


6. Maylee Todd – Escapology
I have been a fan of this artist’s work for some time now and it totally messed with my head when I found out in September that she had released this amazing record in April! Once I saw it, I grabbed it, hit play and bumped it nonstop! “Baby’s Got It” fuses that hard 4 on the floor channeling her inner Donna Summers but it’s “I Can’t Stand It” that haunt me every time I hit play. This album is a musical journey and perfect for a long drive. Maylee Todd was also a guest on my podcast. Get to know her! 


7. Skin Town – The Room 
Another previous guest on my podcast! I saw them when opening up for Tiny Hearts and fell in love with their sound. Heavy synths and drum patterns that accompany Grace’s vocals. Tracks like “Ride” and “Ice Crystal Palace” hit hard but the stand out track for me is “Midnight Lover” that is one of my favorite songs of the year. Excellent melodies and production from Nick Turco (Zola Jesus) that channel the 1990’s R&B, The Weeknd, The Dream but in a form that is it’s own.


8. Sango – North
North is a journey! It’s what I call a mood record. Vocals come in when they need to. Grooves pop on the next track that let you digest what you just heard. It’s a well sequenced record from start to finish and the most mature records on the Soulection label that will stand the test of time. Sango swung by the basement for a chat and it was great to learn the process of creating this wonderful album. “Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife” is still one of the best songs I have heard in the past 5 years.


9. John Wizards – John Wizards
This album is one of those obscure records that you can’t help bobbing your head to. Cape Town goes electronica on this self titled release. It’s a timeless record that explores many sounds. John Wizards is almost like Vampire Weekend making love to Four Tet while in the Jacuzzi! Word is bond.


10. Bonobo – The North Borders 
It’s Bonobo! Another artist who’s wide range of aresnal on the musical front is unlike no other! This album was on repeat at the station and especially on my show which is perfect after midnight record to drop anytime during my dj sets. Even in the clubs I had folks asking for the new Bonobo! I got to chat with Bonobo at SXSW earlier in the year and we discussed the process of making this record. Black Sands (his previous release) was a bit hard to top but somehow he pulls it off with tracks such as “Emkay”, “Cirrus” and “Heaven For the Sinner”


New newness from all over! Im digging this new Joey Bada$$ that dropped a few weeks back. Also big love to Kae (Italy), Christoff El Truento (New Zealand), Jazzy Sport (Japan) and GDNA out of LA for sending me some great work directly into my inbox. Also this new Skin Town record just dropped and played a couple cuts off the amazing album from the LA duo. Speaking of LA newness from Jo Def off the Soulection label and Souleance comes with it bringing some nice heat out of Paris. This new Arcade Fire is slowly growing on me. It’s a fun record and the lead single is definitely a banger with the tints of the James Murphy sound.  And peep the new Bosq track getting remixed by Tall Black Guy! Thanks to Ubiquity for passing this my way at the very last minute!

And speaking of international flavor, thanks again to all the KCRW listeners for participating in the visual exchange of snapshots of your listening environments! This is the 3rd week of you guys sending me pics of your listening environments and It’s always fun to see you guys in action, parking your car, your waking environment in Europe or your “end of the day” space in Asia.  I truly believe that Monday nights is a place for a unique blend of sounds but also a creative and visual hub of listeners where we can all connect!  Check out all the pics here!  Until next week!


Pharrell Williams – Can I Have It Like That (Shackles Remix)
Lakim – Make Time For You
Disclosure X Tensnake – Mainline Fire (King Most Edit)
J Rocc – Star (Latin Remix)
Warren Xcience – Examine Me (Feat. Etta Bond)
Pepin – Morioka Kalimba
Semicolon – Yanga (okongwu)
Kae – Spark
Color Film – Until You Turn Blue (Michna Remix)
Jo Def – Tookitthurr
Mitsu The Beats – Le Rhone


Souleance – Mais Um
Alunageorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
The Foreign Exchange – All The Kisses (Feat. Paris And Amber Strother)
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing X Whisper
Jazz Spastiks Feat. Sleep Sinatra – Time To React
Prince – Breakfast Can Wait (Buttermilk)
Christoph El Truento – One Day Your Heroes Will Fall Over
Janet Jackson – Rock With U (FS Green Rework)
Jazz Spastiks Feat. Sleep Sinatra – Leaders Of The New School


 Skin Town – Midnight Lover
Skin Town – Ride
Doc Daneeka – Walk On In (Ft. Ratcatcher)
DJ Angola – Bailalo (Quantic Mix) [Feat. Ico Mananero]
Masters At Work – I Can’t Get No Sleep


GDNA – Fall In Love (GDNA Rework)
GDNA – Mad Mutha FUcka Feat. Waju, Frank Leone, And Macon Hamilton
Seventh Wonder – Feeling U
Tiny Hearts – Snow Cold
Joey Bada$$ – Hillary $wank
Michoacan – In The Dark


Bosq Of Whikey Barons – Paciencia De Jo (Tall Black Guy Remix)
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Bambooman – Sun (Eckoclick Remix)
MNDSGN – Phyllis (What U Won’t Do Edit)
Tom Trago – For The Children


King Krule – Neptune Estate
Miguel – My Piece
Cults – Go Outside (Menahan Street Band Remix)
Bunny Wailer – Iron Shirt
Toro y Moi – Grown Up Calls
Jonwayne – You Can Love Me When I’m Dead
Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do
J-Louis – When I Make It
John Wizards – Luska By Night (LV Remix)
Dean Blunt – I Run New York


BLK JKS – Lake Side
A Race Of Angels – Michael And The Force
GB – Simply So (Feat. Spacek)
Prefuse 73 – Choking You
Scienz Of Life – Hot Bananaz
Seu Jorge – Mania De  Peitao
Jay Dee – DFTF


Roni Size – Share The Fall
Tricky – Yoga (Feat. Bjork)
Erik Trufaz and Sly Johnson – Come Together
Citizen Cope – Sideways
Nujabes  – Ordinary Joe
Kutmah – Dusted Soul

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