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Django Django Brings on Their Late Night Tales

Posted April 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 256 views]

Django Django have followed up their stellar self-titled debut with a gloriously woozy mix for excellent UK mixtape purveyors Late Night Tales.
An eclectic trip through their record collection (and no doubt influences) the mix features tracks from Outkast, Map of Africa, The Beach Boys, Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Harry Nilsson and hip-hop sample classic Bob James’ “Nautilus“.
The inspired mix additionally features a remarkably faithful (until it’s not) Django Django cover of The Monkees’ psychedelic …

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KCRW’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,201 views]

For the last 7 years, Record Store Day has been celebrated the third Saturday in April.
While digital formats serve their undeniable purpose, it’s the vinyl record that manages to fuse artifact with art.
The vinyl record was invented by Emile Berliner and first marketed in 1889 and is still collected 125 years later.And thus, Record Store Day carves out its niche on every calendar as …

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Artist You Should Know: James Tillman

Posted April 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 688 views]
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It’s been quite a while since I wrote something on our great blog
A few artists made me want to write something and I’d email blog editor Rachel to say “I am writing something for you”… then nothing.
Then something, someone… And I am now writing this to you.
I heard that something, that someone yesterday on the Soundcloud machine.
That someone is James Tillman. He is based …

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Luke Vibert: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 486 views]

For an artist as prolific and consistently phenomenal, Luke Vibert is criminally overlooked.
From Cornwall, like electronic music’s late 20th Century ultimate enigma and potentially most lauded and (dare I say) important figure Aphex Twin, Vibert is a bona fide genius who makes everything from Ambient to Acid to Disco to Techno to alternative Hip-Hop/Trip-Hop with ruthless aplomb under over half a dozen aliases.
Since the late 90s, …

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Friday Free for All: Pools + Freeway + Girl Talk

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 586 views]

Pools – “Innertubes” Mix
Breathe a sigh of relief. You made it, Los Angeles.
The chill of those 50 degree evenings are but a distant memory and it is time for us to put collectively away our hoodies for safekeeping for another 8 months.
The arrival of Coachella foretells the dawn of another season of pool parties, weekend barbecues, and way too many options every weekend.
Just in …

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Dauwd: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 630 views]

After a couple of  releases for Ghostly and remixes for Kompakt, London-based producer Dauwd, has just released his first EP for the Cologne-based dance music titan.
The “Kindlinn“EP sees the newcomer making a rather compelling shift from the UK sound he’s originally become known for and reinventing himself as a virtuoso of propelling house and romantic techno.
The title cut “Kindlinn” is a stunner that brilliantly echoes Matthew Dear’s groove, but has …

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Local Band We Love: Xu Xu Fang

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 986 views]

Xu Xu Fang — “Noir State Beach”
The start and stop of Xu Xu Fang’s “Noir State Beach” is seductive and hypnotic. The transition between the rock rumbling and the dreamy chorus really grabs your attention. A blast of pyschedelic droney rock with a sweetly sung middle. Like a raspberry filled chocolate bon bon.
The LA-based quintet recorded it in Mar Vista and it’s their first …

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Four Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Eno * Hyde, Woods, Supreme Cuts, Aztec Camera

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 771 views]

Eno * Hyde — “Daddy’s Car”
The announcement of a full album featuring a collaboration between super producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, and so many more) and Underworld’s Karl Hyde was enough to make Jason Bentley shout with joy and share the news on Facebook. (and I can tell you for a fact he doesn’t shout with joy very often). It seemed …

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KCRW Exclusive: Dawn Landes’ “Home” Video

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,078 views]
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Dawn Landes is touring with Bryan Ferry and if his vote of confidence is not enough, I’m here to tell you that her album “Bluebird” is one of my favorite albums this year.
They’re touring through the West Coast soon, with an LA date on April 15th at Club Nokia, and we’ve snagged the premiere of the video for “Home” as a treat for our …

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Tycho’s Dreamy Sophmore Release “Awake”

Posted April 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 765 views]

San Francisco graphic artist turned electronic music wizard Scott Hansen, Tycho has long been a KCRW favorite.
Hansen’s brand of shimmery, shoegazey ambient recalls Ulrich Schnauss and is every bit as hypnagogic.
Layers upon layers of lush melodies and slow atmospherics swirl creating the sonic equivalent of a perfect sunset.
On his brand new full length album, “Awake“, Tycho builds on the sound he toyed with on his Ghostly debut …

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