The sound of Twin Danger can most aptly be described as smoldering.
It’s a witches brew of noir jazz and midnight blues that seasoned novelists would describe to color a scene oozing with sexual tension or touch of mystery inside a dimly lit nightclub.
Vanessa Bley, daughter of legendary pianist Paul Bley, fronts the outfit with silvery vocals, perfect cheek bones, and copious amounts of lady …
DJ Top Ten Lists, Uncategorized »
1 Banks — Goddess
2 Little Dragon — Nabuma Rubberband
3 Meshell Ndegeocello — Comet, Come To Me
4 Hollie Cook — Twice
Admittedly, I’m experiencing quiet emotional turmoil each time a “great” musician passes.
The generation of musicians born circa WWll are undoubtedly some of the greatest that will ever live.
Every facet of post world war America in the 1940′s through the 60′s, from the celebratory consensus of victory to the tenor of hope and rebellion that sparked radical political, social, and art movements, changed the world …
KCRW Presents, mp3 Stream, World Festival »
KCRW couldn’t have picked a better line up to kick off this year’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Words like explosive and intoxicating best describe the intense output of all the artists set to hit the stage.
Janelle Monae has been lauded by press and peers as one of this generation’s most impressive live performers.
Her progressive approach to R&B, Funk, and soul is equal parts …
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Santiago-based MC Ana Tijoux has heart.
Since hearing her on mixtapes and demos, when I first admired her sexy rasp and slick intellectual rhymes in spanish and french, I could only make out a few words but felt she was coming from a deeper place – a deeply rooted place.
Similar feelings were evoked by Lauryn Hill during the golden era of North American hip hop …
Young, fresh, well accomplished British new-comer Zara McFarlane approaches jazz with a special reverence to tradition and standards, while deftly tapping personal inspiration from deep spiritual jazz (think Pharaoh Sanders) and the dub and reggae of her Jamaican family roots.
It’s no surprise that Gilles Peterson took an interest in 2010 and began releasing her exquisite brand of jazz on his Brownswood label.
On her sophomore …
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Check out Garth Trinidad’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree / Interscope)
2. Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return (Carpark)
3. Rhye – Woman (Republic)
4. The Stepkids – Troubadour (Stones Throw)
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Il (Jagjaguwar)
6. José James – No Beginning No End (Blue Note)
7. Superhumanoids – Exhibitionists (Innovative Leisure)
8. Jessy Lanza – Pull …
World Festival »
Summer is here again, knocking on our door, urging us to come out and play. What a pleasure it is to oblige in a place like Southern California. How fortunate an advantage that KCRW tends to its roots in such a magical place. And how fortunate for me to participate, invite family and friends, and enjoy music and fellowship under the stars as KCRW’s …
Artists You Should Know, mp3 Stream »
From KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad:
Portland-based Y La Bamba’s new album “Court The Storm” (2012, Tender Loving Empire) features a song that has fast become one of my favorites of the year.
“Bendito” is the album’s stand out track – an amplified folk groover that conjures up ancient rhythmic spirits of Spain and Mexico, with an undeniable rock tinged bounce and sublime vocal performance by Luz …
From KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad:
Last week, as part of a private session for Red Bull Music Academy, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of moderating a discussion with old school mega producers, the Mizell Bros, and new school funk luminary, Todd Simon.
The Mizell’s are known and respected for their work with Motown greats like the Jackson 5, jazz giants like Donald Byrd, …