Artists You Should Know
John Talabot‘s mindblowing DJ Kicks compilation was not only one of the year’s most exciting mixtapes, it featured a number of notable tracks which, at the time, were unavailable and unreleased.
The Locked Groove rework of Pional’s “It’s All Over Now” was a highlight. Round’s “Glass“ was another.
Talabot’s Hivern Discs released a 12″ of Round tracks, which like most Hivern releases, are rare and highly sought after booty on Discogs.
KCRW DJ Chris Douridas has been spinning a singer named Nuela Charles, whose soulful vocals catch my ear every time he plays it.
I finally had to ask him, who is this artist??
Turns out, she’s based in Edmonton, Alberta and identifies as a “Canadian, Swiss and Kenyan singer-songwriter”, calling all the countries home.
Chris says she reminds him of “what Etta James must have been like.”
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 …
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 …
In 2013, London producer Marcus Marr released a phenomenal jammer called, “The Music”.
That single was a juggernaut and made Spin Magazine’s year end list of “The 40 Best Dance Tracks of 2013”, sitting comfortably at #3 just behind Daft Punk and Todd Terje.
No small feat, especially for a debut single from a new artist.
Now, in advance of a full length debut album later this year on DFA, Marr has released a rad new …
Although the year end list season is over, it bears repeating that Young Marco, Gigi Masin & Jonny Nash all released remarkable albums in 2014.
And, somehow, in the midst of touring, DJing and promoting, these 3 dudes carved out time to ALSO work on a dreamy collaborative album called “Clouds“.
If you’ve listened to any or all of their albums, you know they’ve all got pretty distinct individual, but totally complementary, styles.
Music Director Jason Bentley did a little digging for new music on Soundcloud over the holiday break and a track by Liverpool artist Lapsley emerged as his favorite.
He says the track “Falling Short” is already “on fire” in the UK and on the BBC’s hot list. The track leads her 4-song “Understudy” EP released this week.
Fans of James Blake should love this minimalist electronica …
Given my life experience there are like 3 or 4 notions I’ve come to accept as undeniable axioms.
For example, Pizza is the Dog of foods, the snooze button doesn’t work if you only hit it once and, most importantly in relation to this post, Swedes have pop melodies in their DNA.
20 year old Baba Stiltz has been releasing music since 2009, as dreamy-folkypop Bethlehem Beard Corporation and as producer for …
Over the years, KCRW has stood behind many UK artists and watched them excel beyond normal expectations to achieve worldwide acclaim.
Sam Smith, Alt-J and Clean Bandit are some recent examples of well-known musicians who we have supported since their early days.
Here are a few more artists from the UK that we are watching closely and from whom we expect great things.
This young man knows …
A tried and true tenured artist throughout DFA’s history, Black Dice has also arguably always been it’s most left-field. A truly one of a kind outfit, they’ve pretty much always done things their way without regard for trends or what is “cool.”
Although they started as an experimental noise project, like early Animal Collective or Tobacco, it was always hard to tell if Black Dice were a noisy dance music outfit tripping …