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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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Another fun show in the books filled with new gems from YunaPaul McCartneyMilosh77 Karat Gold (Japan), Oscar Key Sung (Melbourne) Lord EchoInternet + classics via The Wu Tang ClanThe DelfonicsRoger and Zapp and so much more. Also make sure to peep the boogie set tucked away in the middle of things! Hope you dig this week’s show!  While you are at it, go take a look at all the pics from KCRW listeners who sent me their snapshots of the listening environments in which they enjoy the show from. This is my fun expirment to create a visual dialogue with listeners in real time.  Go look!  From Barcelona to Algiers and in my backyard pics were sent!
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77 Karat Gold – Love
Tony Allen, Theo Parrish and Eska – Days Like This Rework
Fulgeance – The Fan (Instrumental)
Milosh – This Time
Lord Echo Digital Haircut
Jhene Aiko – From Time (Crazy Love Edit)
Wiz Khalifa – Work (Myth Sizer Remix)
Sango – Until Saturday Feat. Ta-Ku & Tracey

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Skin Town – 2nite
Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do
Dbow – Get Involved
Stevie Wonder – Mastablasta Flip (Boyle Edit)
Wu Tang Clan – Can It All Be So Simple

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The Internet – Red Balloon
Jo Def – Tookitthurr
Jackson & His Computer Band – More
Maylee Todd – Successive Mutations
Iamnobodi – Lawd She Bad

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L’Orange & Stik Figa – Dusty Speakers
Orlandivo – Ondo Anda A Meu Amor
Systema Solar – El Amarillo
Pusha T – Numbers On The Board
Zo Aka La Chauve Souris – Be Alright
The Delfonics – La La (Means I Love You)
Zapp & Roger – Computer Love
Trishes – themefrom808

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Years & Years – You & I
Wookie – Battle (feat. Lain)
Ryan Hemsworth – Yaeko Mitamura Is Lonely
Black Milk x Akua – Puddles
Oddisee – One Thing Right

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Morgan Zarate – Kaytsu
White Water – Daylight (Domenico Torti’s Dub)
Mtume – Green light (Deep & Disco Edit)
Loose Ends – It’s All Over My Face
Lumbalu – Kumatilanye (Los Chicos Altos Remix) (feat. Andy)

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Kwes – 36
Yuna – I Want You Back
Paul McCartney – Looking At Her
Spacek – Roun Soun
IllaJ – TImeless
Derrick Hodge – Live Today (Feat. Common)
Machine Drum – Infinite Us

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Kronos Quartet w/ Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe and Stuart Bogie – Sorrow Tears + Blood
Jono McCleery – Ballade (Djrum Edit)
Robert Glasper Experiment – Worries (Feat. Dwele)
Jnerio Jarel – Let Get With It
Amp Fiddler – Unconditional Eyes
The Park – Belle

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Last night felt good! It was a crazy weekend and to just be able to hit the basement alone, dim the lights and play the music that I love felt good. Some serious healing for my soul and hopefully yours. New music from Tiny Hearts, Pusha T, Foreign Exchange, Elvis Costello w/ The Roots, The Foreign Exchange, Nosaj Thing, The Robert Glasper Experiment plus some Patti Smith, Los Pecos and Donell Jones in the mix .  I appreciate your ears and us keeping each other company every Monday night!  Hope you dig this!

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Tiny Hearts – Centerfold (Last week’s guest on the podcast!)
Ladi6 – People Talking
Nightmares On Wax – Master Plan
Pusha T – Nostalgia (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Mura Masa – Hustle Blood
Toro Y Moi – So Many Details (Maths Time Joy Remix)
Preservation – Summer Love

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JonWayne – The Ritz
Elvis Costello w/ The Roots – Cinco Minutos Con Vos
The Internet – Sunset (Feat. Yuna)
Def Sound – (A)gain (This week’s guest on my podcast)

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Majid Jordan – Hold Tight
Marvells – Rock Steady (This Is Tomorrow Remix)
Los Pecos – Cumbia Para Un Viejito
Ganz – Buggaboo (Ganz Edit)
Banks – Warm Water (Snakeships Remix)
Me Succeeds – That’s Why I Cast A Shadow

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The Foreign Exchange – The Moment
Nosaj Thing – Try (Kyle Hall Remix)
Augustas “Gussie” Park – No, No, No
Chance The Rapper-  Everything’s Good
S O H N – Lessons
Body Language – Carillon

The Pilots – Don’t Hurt Yourself
Gregory Porter – Time Is Ticking
Donell Jones – Where I Want To Be
Sango – Middle Of Things (Feat. SPZRKT) (Previous guest on the podcast)
A Race Of Angels – Just Begin
John Coltrane – In A Sentimental Mood (Happy Birthday Trane!)

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Chet Faker – Melt
Computer Jay – Hardships (Feat. Orfeo)
Hayden James – No Time
Sola Rosa – Misunderstood (Feat. Miles Bonny)
Suz – Distant Skies

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Robert Glasper Experiment – I Stand Alone (Feat. Common)
Camile Safiya – Midnight Murda
Metropolitan Jazz Affair – Yunowhatthisislifeez (Motor City Mix)

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Various Artists – Sorrow Tears and Blood (Red Hot Fela)
Bosq – Paciencia De Jo (Feat. TIta Lima)
Moonchild – Throwback
Deltron 3030 – The Return

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Patti Smith – Trampin
The Seshen – Oblivion
Kwes – 36
Disclosure – Second Chance
Spacek – Time
Dj Cam – Success (Kenny Dope Remix)

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Back after a nice vacation and stepped into the basement super amped laced with a fat record bag full of new gems. Lots of young producers and artists getting shine on this past Monday’s program including IAMNOBODY,Lakim, Def Sound, Zach Sekoff, King Most, Chance The Rapper, Abjo and more.  Also cool gems from Miguel, Mobb Deep, Warp’s Jono McCleery and Irma Thomas on the throwback tip. On the fresh out of the record bag tip, new Daft Punk, Mayer Hawthorne teams up with Jessie Ware and Japan’s Budamonk and Mistu The Beats from the Jazzy Sport camp.  Don’t forget you can download an hour of this set here.  Hope you enjoy!

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Amel Larrieux – For Real (IAMNOBODY Remix)
Kotkee – Angles (The XX Cover)
Discodeine – Aydin (Parra Remix)
Miguel – Do You?
Myron And E – Back And Forth
Budamonk and Tatumi X Minismoothe – 260412
Budamonk and Tatumi X Minismoothe – First Jam
Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (Feat. Jessie Ware)
Mitsu The Beats – Down To Business

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Elvis Crespo – Suavemente (Kennedy Jones Remix)
Schlachthobronx – Apizaco (Dj Stilllife Remix)
The Steoples – Even So
Jono McCleery – Fire In My Hands
Fay – Shadow I

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Natalia Clavier – Si Amor Llega
Omar – The Man (Scratch Professor (Remix)
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears
Amp Life – Dhea
Kid Sublime – Fruit Sugar

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Def Sound – Birds.I.View (Zach Sekoff Remix)
Lakim – On and On (Lakim Edit)
Laura Mvula – Green Garden (Osage Remix)
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (RAC Remix)
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines Feat. T.I and Pharrell
Illvibe Collective – Pictures (Lil Dave’s Moombah Remix)
Stevie Wonder X Chris Brown – Superstition (King Most’s Re Direction)
Mount Kimbie – Blood Form
Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest (Lakim Edit)

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Parallel Dance Ensemble – Occupied (Salax Peep Show Remix)
Duliatten Disco Dandia
Toro y Moi – Harm In Change
The Fatback Band – Goin To See My Baby
Gino Soccio – Try It Out (Tony John’s Edit)
Daft Punk – Giorgio By Moroder

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Salvatore Freda – Luv’ Can’t Hurt (Nebraska 79 Remix)
James Blake – Dim
Single Tear – Single Tear (Royce Wood Junior Edit)
French Fries – White Screen
Bosq – Up And Down (NYX 91 Mix)

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Chance The Rapper – NaNa (Feat Action Bronson)
Ikaz – That Girl (Pt. 2)
Extra Medium – Tonight (Feat. Zaki Ibrahim)
Abjo – Shots Sure (Beastie Boys Sure Shots Edit)
Dj Sun – HEart Seed (Feat. Leah Alvarez (Yppah Remix)
Jneiro Jarel – Breathin’
Mike Simonetti – The Magician
Jai Paul – Track 13
Bambooman – Soosh Missed You Tonight
Mike Slott – Home

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Mala – Changes (Harmonimix)
S. Maharba – Afternoon (Young Montana Remix)

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Tricky – Valentine
Dandy Teru – Burned (Feat. Sami K )
Bonobo – Emkay
Tokimonsta – Soul to Seoul