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Listen to Made Of Oak’s EXCLUSIVE mixtape for KCRW

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,067 views]
Made Of Oak (Partisan)

Without a doubt, one of my favorite discoveries of 2014 was the North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso. So you can imagine my excitement when I got word that SE’s producer, Nick Sanborn, was due to release an EP under the new moniker of Made Of Oak.
Made Of Oak’s Penumbura EP drops tomorrow (Friday, Nov 6). Nick also put together a mixtape (tracklist at the …

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Korey Dane: Artist You Should Know (+ Free Download!)

Posted July 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 4,088 views]

A few weeks ago I got an email from my friend Jamie Strong who is one of the label heads of Innovative Leisure (Hanni El Khatib, Rhye, Classixx).
He said, “I wanted to hip you to a new artist of ours by the name of Korey Dane. He’s a local kid and we haven’t announced anything yet, but his album will come out in October …

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Song Premiere: Hercules & Love Affair Remix Sylvan Esso – “H.S.K.T. (Bleeps and Vox Mix)

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,199 views]

The combination of Amelia Meath’s traditional folk style of singing and Nick Sanborn’s electronic beats, made Sylvan Esso one of the brightest spots of 2014.
Many of us here at the station had their self-titled debut on heavy rotation & H.S.K.T. (Head Shoulder Knees Toes) was one of those songs that just about everyone gravitated towards. It’s just one of those tracks that you just …

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Top 10 Slept on Records of 2014

Posted December 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,548 views]
Little Barrie

I made the conscious choice of not including any titles that any of us DJs have in our Top 10 of 2014, those are obviously all worth checking out. However, the following list expands the sonic spectrum and are albums not to be slept on!
1) Little Barrie -”Shadow” (Tummy Touch Records)
These albums aren’t in any particular order but I had to put this one …

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DJ Aaron Byrd’s Top Albums of 2014

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,163 views]

1 Little Dragon — Nabuma Rubberband
2 SBTRKT — Wonder Where We Land
3 Nick Mulvey — First Mind
4 Run the Jewels — Run the Jewels 2

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Top 10 EPs of 2014 by Aaron Byrd

Posted December 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 5,051 views]

Some of my favorite releases of this year were EPs. So this was even harder to put together than either of my TOP TEN ALBUMS lists.
Nevertheless, these are the 10 best EPs of 2014.
1) Shamir “Northtown EP” (GODMODE)
This EP might be my favorite discovery of 2014. The first couple of tracks are simply fun. Try not to feel good when you put this on…it’s …

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Audego: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 3,904 views]

About a year ago, I discovered a future soul duo based in Melbourne called Audego.
I was immediately seduced by Carolyn’s airy, ethereal vocals & the beat heavy, progressive production courtesy of Pasobionic.
Audego’s music is nostalgic yet contemporary.
The duo clearly has taken cues from early 90′s R&B from the likes of Aaliyah and En Vogue and infused those styles with modern sounds as you would …

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KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted December 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,563 views]

Check out Aaron Byrd’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return (Carpark)
2. Owiny Sigoma Band – Power Punch!!! (Brownswood Recordings)
3. José James – No Beginning No End (Blue Note)
4. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree / Interscope)
5. Romare – Love Songs, Pt. 1 – EP (Black Acre)
6. Rhye – Woman (Republic)
7. Laura Mvula …

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James Blake Returns to LA – at KCRW & the Music Box!

Posted September 15, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 2,772 views]

From KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd:
James Blake is pioneering a new generation of blue-eyed soul…and like Mickey D’s, I’m loving it!
What’s even more impressive is his ability to stand alone in this contemporary landscape of auto-tune, microkorg, vocoder and other forms of electronically manipulated vocals. The 22-year-old British singer and pianist somehow still sounds fresh and innovative.
His self-titled debut, which dropped earlier this year on …

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Trackademicks Guest DJ Set + Little Dragon Remixes

Posted May 11, 2011 by | 0 Comments | 6,159 views]
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From KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd:
I had the pleasure of having my man Jason Valerio, better known as Trackademicks, stop by for a guest DJ set.
Trackademicks is a MC and producer from the Bay (Alameda, CA to be exact) who’s spent the past few years crafting standout tracks for everyone from Mistah FAB to J*Davey to Kid Sister to Phonte of Little Brother.
The stylistic diversity …

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