I expect very big things for Chance The Rapper.
The Chicagoan, who is yet to be release an album, was most recently featured on the new Red Hot Fela compilation and has also teamed up with James Blake on a remix.
He’s being approached by many labels at the moment and this song is a great example of his style.
“Everything’s Good” is sonically and lyrically inspiring. It’s …
Tiny Hearts caught my attention via producer Waajeed.
Another lifetime ago, Waajeed was a dj/collaborator in Detroit hip hop group Slum Village. He then moved onto a project that went under the moniker of Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) which, at that time, caught the attention of many music journalists and DJs. It was nothing like his earlier production work — Rhodes, off tempo snares and …
Oddisee is one of those artists who has been on my radar for years, both as a producer and an emcee.
I’ve played many of his cuts on my show, but I think it’s time to spend a little more time talking about what he does.
He has worked with the likes of Jose James, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and countless others.
Oddisee mixes all …
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Editor’s Note: On Sunday, October 6, KCRW will host a night celebrating one of LA’s most influential record labels, Stones Throw Records. It will include an outdoor screening of the documentary “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records” and opening DJ sets from Garth Trinidad and Peanut Butter Wolf.
Buy your tickets here and download a Stones Throw mix courtesy of …
This guy might be the future of music.
Sango has been getting lots of love on my show Monday nights for the past year. And, as I write this, on my third draft, I’m realizing it’s hard to put the Michigan-based producer’s sound into words.
Ambient, slow 808′s and chill mixed with heavy 808′s and heavy bass.
One minute Sango unofficially remixes The Weeknd or Ginuwine and …
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(Los Girls is a new project from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez. He tells us how it came about and shares a track below!)
Los Girls came about while working on my follow up record for LA indie label Plug Research. I had these incredible sessions with multi-instrumentalist Nick Rosen, who would swing through my Venice studio from time to time.
We began creating these amazing outtakes …
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Editor’s Note: KCRW is hosting an outdoor screening of the iconic 1983 graffiti flick Style Wars at Oscars Outdoors in Hollywood on July 28, with live art by Mear One (hear his Guest DJ set!), b-boys and more . Our RSVP list is full, but we will have a stand by line the night of the event. Find out more info here.
From Anthony Valadez:
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I will never forget my Sophomore year in college and escaping the summer time heat thanks in part to a cheap air conditioner and some records that kept me sane. Every time I play one of these records at a party I time travel in my brain and think back to brutal times of sweat, beef on the grill and summer time jams.
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves …
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I was in a weird place on Monday night while doing my radio show, I think in part due to the Boston Marathon tragedy.
I was skimming through the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s latest album “Mosquito” and this song “Always” just kinda struck me.
It was this melodic hypnotic thing that pulled me out of the universe. It was like Karen O was on a unicorn and …
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SXSW 2013 will forever be the year that pierced my heart with memories. There are many that come to mind but I will stick with a couple that left me inspired and hopeful for the future of music.
First lets talk about the amazing performances:
Hiatus Kaiyote finally performed in the states as a full band to a room full of folks who were unfamiliar …