(Behind the scenes: Kamasi Washington and an 8-piece band graced our studios for an incredible live session you can hear here.)
Kamasi Washington and the crew came through to KCRW in full high energy mode despite being an early morning sound check.
One by one each of the members checked their levels in the studio then ventured back outside. The conversations for the most part consisted …
Artists You Should Know »
I got hip to 79rs Gang via my friend Lefto who lives in Belgium.
He was crashing on my couch when he played something that instantly caught my ear and I wanted more! “Drama” was a song I would incorporate into my live DJ sets and eventually on KCRW.
79rs Gang are out of the 7th and 9th Ward of New Orleans and are composed of two different …
Del La Soul remixed by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez
Artists You Should Know, Best New Music, mp3 Stream, SXSW »
Ibeyi are Cuban-born sisters based out of Paris, France who expertly blend some of the most amazing world sounds with minimal instrumentation.
A simple percussion instrument known as the cajòn and piano layered with beautiful vocals makes for a unique sound that incorporates both English and Yoruba, which is the native language of Nigeria.
They share the music in their blood which came from their father, …
DJ Top Ten Lists, Uncategorized, Video »
DJ Anthony Valadez‘s “Top 5 Music Videos of 2014 I Could Watch Over and Over and Over”
Ibeyi — “Come To My River”
Beyonce — “7/11″
Editor’s Note: Anthony was so inspired by this vid, he did this:
Good morning! #Cardio #Bey
A video posted by Anthony Valadez (@anthonyvaladez) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:40am PST
Kendrick Lamar – “I“
Nick Hakim – “The Light“
Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me“
DJ Top Ten Lists, Uncategorized »
1 Nick Hakim — Wonder Where We Will Go
2 Fatima — Yellow Memories
3 Majid Jordan — A Place Like This
4 Oceaan — Oceaan
KCRW Exclusive, Uncategorized »
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 …