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Friday Free For All: MEGA POST!

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 511 views]
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Free For All post, so I thought I’d clear the decks and blow it out with a giant MEGAPOST!
Here’s (almost) everything you need to be caught up:
Hanni El Khatib x Freddie Gibbs – “Satin Black”
Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs teamed up for an killer new single that’s been getting a lot of love on …

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Shelf Life: Liam Hayes, BC Camplight, Andy Shauf

Posted January 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 693 views]
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Liam Hayes – “Slurrup” (Fat Possum)
Chicagoan Hayes has been hanging around the periphery of rock stardom for over 20 years, with critically-acclaimed, but under-heard recordings under his own name, as well as Plush (he can even be spotted in the film “High Fidelity“).
But his latest album may be his most focused, with short, sharp, 60s-inspired tunes that could very well break though.

BC Camplight – …

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Marcus Marr: Artist You Should Know

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 783 views]
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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 …

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Gaussian Curve: Collaboration You Should Know

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 827 views]
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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.
That …

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The Return of Django Django

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,119 views]
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UK band Django Django’s 2012 self-titled debut was one of my personal favorite albums of that year.
Unlike a lot of their wavy peers, The Djangos take the high road with their sun-kissed psychedelia, exploring lightness instead of being mired in the din of a heavy fuzz.
Where some might be sitting on the ground sorting it out, Djangos is the sound of taking off running through a field …

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Shelf Life: Clap! Clap! , Sloan, Jaga Jazzist

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,029 views]
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Happy 2015! Here in the KCRW Music Library we are excited about all of the new records that just beginning to trickle into our hands this year. But the holiday break gave me a chance to catch up with some records from the end of last year.
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba (Black Acre)
Italian producer Cristiano Crisci aka Digi G’Alessio offered up his debut album …

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Premiere: Bells Atlas Cover Future Islands’ “Little Dreamer”

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,235 views]
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A phenomenal Future Islands remix was unleashed at the end of 2014 by BadBadNotGood and now Oakland’s Bells Atlas is taking on a track from their 2008 album” Wave Like Home”.
The Baltimore band’s slow synthy album ender is given a fresh take thanks to the sweet vocals of singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu.
They speed it up into a multi-layered pop tune with stop-start drum punctuations and …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Tropics, Twerps, Guards, Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,106 views]
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Tropics – “Rapture”
“Rapture” is a seductive song by producer Chris Ward, aka Tropics.
It’s the title track from his forthcoming album, set for release February 17 on local label Innovative Leisure.
What I really dig about this dreamy song song are it’s many layers. It locks into a steady groove for the first half and then at exactly two minutes, another beat kicks in on top …

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Temples, Restructured Beyond (the Wizard’s Sleeve)

Posted January 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,580 views]
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Erol Alkan and Richard Norris’ Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve project presaged the modern psych-rock explosion with their EPs of fuzzy, warm edits of glammy psych-outs.
Their time warp excursions felt (and still feel) like loopy trips to a Carnaby Street club that never switched formats just got weirder and weirder over time.
Temples , out of Kettering, UK, are cut from this cloth.
Their debut album “Sun Structures“ came out …

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Lapsley: Artist You Should Know

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,504 views]
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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 …

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