It’s probably a safe bet that if you’re reading this right now, you are a fan of KCRW. You enjoy the fact that us DJs have the opportunity to play what we love! This freedom isn’t something we take for granted and it’s all made possible with YOUR support. As we enter the third day of our fall membership drive, we’d love for you to continue your support and renew your membership. Or perhaps, if you aren’t a member yet, now is the perfect time to get off the sidelines and become a monthly member today (you can do that here); thank you!
Now that you’re guilt free 🙂 here’s some new music to check out this weekend.
Tokimonsta – “No Way” feat. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp and Ambré
Jennifer Lee, better known as Tokimonsta was diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal brain disease called Moyamoya at the end of 2015. After two successful brain surgeries, not only did she lose the ability speak, she also lost the ability to create music. In fact, in an interview with Pitchfork, Lee said the first time she heard music post surgery, “I remember being like, “Ooh, this is weird! This is metallic, harsh nonsense to me.” Well, she eventually regained her ability to speak, walk and comprehend music and has a new album coming out on Oct 6th. Lune Rouge is both a reclamation of her talent and an example of the power of human will. Tokimonsta has been a fixture on our airwaves for many years now so we are all very happy she’s back and healthy. Check out the latest single from the forthcoming album.
GENESEA – “Love You Better”
LA duo GENESEA consists of producer Itai Shapira and vocalist Kadhja Bonet. Itai has been a fixture in the LA music scene for well over a decade now and while Kadhja is still a relatively new name to many, she has quickly become a KCRW favorite. Itai brings a wealth of experience having worked with everyone from Richard Rudolph to Van Hunt and is currently part of another KCRW favorite, the band Rhye. Kadhja, simply put, has the voice of an angel. She is one of my favorite contemporary singers. As a solo act she both writes and sings as if she grew up in Laurel Canyon in the 70s. With GENESEA, the two combine their talents to create a seductive, future-soul outfit reminiscent of Little Dragon and Kelela. Check out the world premiere of their latest single “Love You Better” which dropped today.
Moses Sumney – “Indulge Me”
I can’t get enough of Moses Sumney. We can’t get enough of Moses Sumney. So when he announced his highly anticipated debut full-length a couple of months ago, all of us here at KCRW began to salivate. The latest single “Indulge Me” only reinforces our audio desires. It’s a sweet, delicate, pretty, ode to old lovers. Take a look at the visuals for the latest offering from the forthcoming, Aromanticism, due out next Friday, Sept 22nd; just ahead of his performance at KCRW’s final World Festival Concert this summer at the Hollywood Bowl on Sun, Sept 24th. Also on the bill: Solange, Blood Orange, Kelela and KING.