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Brassica: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 116 views]
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Mysteriously named after the cruciferous genus of plants that give us cabbages and mustard greens, UK producer Michael Anthony Wright creates smart, emotive House as Brassica.
The classically-trained musician has spent the last few years deejaying, playing in bands, performing with the London Sinfonetta, remixing a slew of amazing artists and creating custom software as a foundation for his original series of EPs for the Civil …

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Shamir: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 242 views]
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Shamir (Bailey) is a 19-year-old, wilfully androgynous singer/songwriter/burgeoning dance music producer hailing from North Las Vegas.
Why has the music world not been completely consumed by this guy?
Granted, niche media is perhaps at it’s peak right now, and chances are that whatever weird thing that speaks directly to you will be represented somehow, somewhere (and almost certainly in the form of song). Your options for …

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Ghost Culture: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 306 views]
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Always under the excellent curatorial tutelage of Erol Alkan, UK based record label Phantasy has been around for 7 years but has hit it’s stride in the last 3 years.
Between the rise of wavy space cowboys Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, banging solo work by Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands, and Alkan’s own foray into producing original work…Phantasy is doing the damn thing.
And with the recent announcement of a full length …

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Ptaki: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 397 views]
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Polish DJ/production duo Ptaki (which means birds in Polish) flew into discerning listeners radars like a full on flock sometimes registers on an air traffic controllers screen awhile back with a ripping 7″ on the Very Polish Cut-Outs label a few years back. “Krystina” is a laid back groover that by edit standards stands out as a shimmering example of what a savvy editor can do …

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Artist You Should Know: Museum of Love

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,079 views]
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While James Murphy was the heart, soul, and face of LCD Soundsystem, drummer Pat Mahoney was it’s backbone.
Pounding the skins with metronomic precision for the group’s entire seven year run, Mahoney was the anchor of LCD’s muscular rhythm section.
Three and a half years removed from LCD Soundsystem’s final show at Madison Square Garden (immortalized in the film Shut Up And Play The Hits), Pat …

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James Bay: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 607 views]
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It was about a year ago when I first heard and met James Bay in Los Angeles. His first EP, “The Dark of The Morning” really drew me to him.
In the song “Move Together”, James sings with a thoughtful, old soul and his lyrics are beautiful. So when you meet him, you are amazed that he is only 24 years old.
With a deepness and …

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Boxed In: Artist You Should Know

Posted October 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 670 views]
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Boxed In is the brain child of London-­based producer Oli Bayston.
A friend of mine at Nettwerk Records made the mistake of playing some album demos for me earlier this year, and I’ve been overly eager to share these songs with you on KCRW ever since.
Originally I was told the album would come out this month (October), but it’s been pushed back to 2015. So …

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Cheerleader: Artist You Should know

Posted September 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 880 views]
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Early this year, KCRW DJ Raul Campos started spinning this band from Philadelphia called Cheerleader.
As their name might suggest, their tunes are straight up power pop.
I was really taken by the song “New Daze” and made a mental note to keep an eye on them.

Well, the quintet is back with a new track and it’s fantastic. It’s called “On Your Side” and I’ve been …

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Lauer: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 550 views]
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A number of years back, on the strength of some really strong, super wonky graphic design I picked up a 12″ by Lauer called “H.R. Boss“.
A chuggy, lush slice of beachy sunrise House, it turned out to be a set fixture for awhile.
Fascinated with all things Lauer, I started following the German artists output…Lauer, Hotel Lauer, Tuff City Kids (his project with Running Back label boss …

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Jane Weaver: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 851 views]
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Born in Liverpool and based in Manchester, electronic psych folk artist Jane Weaver is – and has practically always been – steeped in the ether of musical history.
From her early 90s Britpop project to her current female folk minded record label Bird, Weaver has long been part of a musical family that includes Badly Drawn Boy, (her partner) Andy Votel, doves, Elbow and Cate Le Bon. Recently, …

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