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Vox: Artist You Should Know

Posted July 30, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 1,657 views]

Sarah Winters, aka Vōx, cold tweeted a SoundCloud link at me one day in late December, with a very bold: “Hey, I think you will like my music.”
It was her latest song (at the time) “Better” and something about her profile picture –where she is laying on the grass, enveloped in a stunning red robe — compelled me to listen.

The vocals-driven, stripped-down composition features a very …

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Artist You Should Know: Cannons

Posted June 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 3,089 views]

Artist You Should Know: Cannons

For fans of Grimes and DWNTWN. Get ready for some day time disco vibes

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KCRW Exclusive: Milo Greene — “Lonely Eyes” (Valida Remix)

Posted February 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 3,161 views]
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There is something about the title of this Milo Greene’s song that immediately caught my attention – “Lonely Eyes“.
It’s on their new album, “Control“, which came out at the end of last month.
I am a sucker for anything that sends “messy love” signals and this one had “messy” written all over it…
I fell for it at first listen.
The instrumentation is really gorgeous right from …

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Adna: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 4,042 views]

It is no secret that I have a soft spot for contemporary Scandinavian music.
If you happen to tune into KCRW on any Sunday morning when I host The Lab, you will be treated to at least one, but more likely several Nordic acts.
I am equally enamored with First Aid Kit’s tender folk lullabies as I am with Todd Terje’s iconic dusty disco tracks…or Lykke …

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DJ Valida’s Top Albums of 2014

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,395 views]


War on Drugs
“Lost In A Dream”


“Morning Phase”


“Blue Planet Eyes”


Jenny Lewis
“The Voyager”


The New Basement Tapes
“Lost on the River”


“Take Me To Church”


Juan MacLean
“In a Dream”




Todd Terje
“It’s Album Time”


Mr. Little Jeans

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KCRW Premiere: Henry Wolfe – “Encino”

Posted October 5, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,950 views]

It has been three years since Henry Wolfe’s last album, “Linda Vista“, and if I had to wait yet another month to hear new music by LA’s favorite recluse, I might have actually become proactive and called the man about it.
But, lucky for both, I didn’t have to resort to scare tactics — a new four-track EP (out 11/11) ceremoniously graced my inbox just …

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KCRW DJ Valida’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted January 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,804 views]

Check out Valida’s Top 10 of 2013. Find ALL the DJ’s Top 10 lists here.
1. Rhye  - Woman (Republic)
2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
3. Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare (Downtown)
4. Disclosure – Settle (Cherrytree / Interscope)
5. Classixx – Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure)
6. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God (ATO)
7. Treetop Flyers – The Mountain Moves (Partisan)
8. Duologue …

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Valida’s “Old Enough To Drink: Folk With a Touch of Rock” Songs of 2013

Posted December 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | 2,565 views]
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Valida’s “Old Enough To Drink: Folk With a Touch of Rock” Songs of 2013
1. Night Beds – “Ramona” – Country Sleep (Dead Oceans)

2. Escondido – “Black Roses” – The Ghost Of Escondido (Kill Canyon)
3. Eagles – “One Of These Nights (Righteous Trash ‘Random Access Memories’ Disco Edit) 

4. The Jayhawks – “She Walks In So Many Ways” – Single (Rounder Records)
5. Justine Bennett …

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“Runaway Dreams” Mix by KCRW DJ Valida

Posted December 6, 2012 by | 7 Comments | 4,303 views]

One of my favorite things about deejaying is coming across songs that sound good when they are played together. Looking back, I think it’s what got me into deejaying in the first place.
The moment I was able to lock the beats of two different songs and make them sound like one –that contained the elements of both– is when I fell in love with …

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A Triple Threat of Sonic Innovators at the Hollywood Bowl THIS Sunday

Posted September 17, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 2,477 views]

This Sunday, August 23rd get ready for the triple threat sonic innovators as Animal Collective, Flying Lotus and the Huun Huur Tu all make appearances as part of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
I have really been looking forward to this show with much anticipation. Not only is the Hollywood Bowl the perfect venue to hear these three acts but, given the size …

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