We begin this week’s Today’s Top Tune treats with a dreamy song by our very own DJ Anthony Valadez. Preoccupations, a current MBE favorite, shares a track. Moby gets angry on his latest album. We check out a new song from Mazzy Starr’s Hope Sandoval and share the first new song in four years from the legendary Mexican band Café Tacvba.
KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez takes a cinematic turn and adds strings to the mix on his latest EP. The contemplative collection features a bevy of fluid and emotive musical friends that includes Chicago emcee Adad — an artist Valadez has championed on his radio show – and offers a unique cadence and delivery on “Divide It.”
When Preoccupations decided to write and record its new album, each of the four members was going through his own growing pains, plus each had all moved to different cities. While the rest of their lives where coming undone, the band held them together and gave them the respite they needed. Fitting song titles indicate their emotional states: Anxiety, Monotony, Degraded and Today’s Top Tune Stimulation.
The title of the debut album by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir is quite telling. These Systems Are Failing turns his anger into a euphoric collection of protest songs. Moby lashes out on “A Simple Love.”
Hope Sandoval and collaborator Colm O’Ciosiog of My Bloody Valentine are tuned into a languorous style that is their unique signature. A standout track on the new album features Philly rocker Kurt Vile interweaving lines with Sandoval on a hypnotic “Let Me Get There.”
The first new song in four years from Café Tacvba is produced by the Mexican rockers’ legendary Argentine Grammy/Oscar award-winning producer Gustavo Santaolalla. “Un Par De Lugares” (A Couple of Places) alludes to the band’s everlasting support of environmental awareness.