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You ever see those videos of DJs standing around, having a smoke and just hanging?
This might be the end of the era where the DJ had to match beats based on feeling, rhythm and foot taps. I see it weekly sometimes. And there is nothing wrong with it. You adapt or you fade.
But DJs like J Rocc are of a different cloth.
Constantly moving and …
One morning I was going through my iTunes and I got a message from Peanut Butter Wolf, founder and honcho over at Stones Throw, with an mp3 from a band that he was excited about.
It was the perfect song that I needed to hear at that moment.
It was the ultimate break up song complete with a haunting organ, wah wah guitar and strings with …
Best New Music, mp3 Stream »
I’ve been a fan of New Zealand-based duo Electric Wire Hustle for some time.
I can’t quite put a time stamp on it, but it was definitely before the release of their self-titled 2010 debut release.
The minute I got my hands on the album, it was on repeat every Monday night.
This was a band that captured synths, sexy bass lines and vocals that just consoled …
KCRW Exclusive, Video »
Editor’s Note: LA label Plug Research will be releasing the latest full length from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, called “In Search Of”, on March 18. He gives us a sneak peek behind the making of the video for the track “Searching For” featuring Miles Bonny.
This song captures exactly where I find myself at this point in my life.
Miles Bonny is an artist I …
Best New Music »
(AV previously spotlighted Action Bronson and here are a few more of his favorites to look out for at the fest)
These guys are bad! Super bad!
A jazz trio out of Toronto with previous collaborations with Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean, they are known mainly for their renditions and covers which are from another planet.
Having built a buzz thanks in part to …
Artists You Should Know, mp3 Stream, SXSW 2014 »
This Hulk Hogan of Hip Hop straight out of Flushing, Queens, New York.
Known for slamming crazy fans, stage crew and folks while rapping on stage, is set to perform at this year’s SXSW and I plan to be in the front row to witness any wrestling tactics by this emcee.
Having built a major buzz on the indie circuit, Bronson is pretty much everywhere now …
DJ Top Ten Lists »
Check out Anthony Valadez’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return (Carpark)
2. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name (Def Jam / GOOD Music)
3. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (XL /True Panther)
4. José James – No Beginning No End (Blue Note)
5. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (Self-released)
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 …