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Dark Entries Re-Issues Joe Crow’s Compulsion

Posted May 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 330 views]
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Over the last few years, San Francisco-based label Dark Entries has proven to be one of the sharpest new labels in the country. Although the focus is mostly dark synth music, it’s all rare, hard to find and previously unreleased work that deserves to be highlighted and reintroduced into the world.
Label head Josh Cheon’s longtime Goth passion inspired him to name his label after a Bauhaus single and he’s since …

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Three Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Beach Baby, XO, Hippo Campus

Posted May 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,577 views]
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Beach Baby – “No Mind No Money”
There’s something seductive about this song that just draws me in. Since I consider myself a beach baby at heart, I immediately liked their name and the music suits it.
Fans of Mac Demarco should really dig this one.
The band is based in London and have plans to play on our shores this Fall.

XO – “Flames of a Phoenix”
DJ …

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Song Premiere: Novalima – “Santero”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,367 views]
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One of the things we take great pride here in the KCRW Music Department is having introduced a lot of our listenership to captivating music from around the globe.
From Tom Schnabel’s role as one of the definers of the World Beat genre, to Raul Campos’ frequent hosting of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), to various other of our DJs remixing tracks from artists …

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Four Songs You Should Hear Right Now: Meg Mac, Seoul, Yukon Blonde, Mac Demarco

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,078 views]
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Meg Mac – “Roll Up Your Sleeve”
Jason Bentley has been spinning this track for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.
We were talking about it in the studio and, as he says, “it has an Adele soulfulness, but she totally owns it.”
This Melbourne-based singer is definitely one to watch and this track appears on her self-titled debut EP, out last month.

Seoul – “The …

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Tish Hyman: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,690 views]
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Last week I was poking around and hit on this video for Tish Hyman’s “Subway Art”.
I was floored.
Even if you didn’t speak English, you could feel what “Subway Art” was about. The pain and vulnerability in her delivery bleed through every note of the song.

Her talent as a rapper and singer are undeniable, then add the fact that there’s a real message in what …

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Pan Caliente: Kanaku y El Tigre

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,449 views]
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When the entire blog community all across South America, hails your debut as one of the best records of the year, it raises insurmountable expectations for a simple Peruvian band trying to play feel good American, folk music in Spanish.
One would assume that the “sophomore slump” or “curse” is pretty much inevitable unless… unless you’re incredibly grounded and have more to offer than just …

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Private Agenda: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,398 views]
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It’s about this time of year when people all over the world begin clamoring to declare a Song of the Summer™.
With that in mind, I’d like officially cast my ballot for “Deja Vu,” the debut single from Berlin-based trio Private Agenda

I’ve listened to this song A LOT, and I still get a deep sense of satisfaction every time I hear the opening notes which …

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Song Premiere: Hercules & Love Affair Remix Sylvan Esso – “H.S.K.T. (Bleeps and Vox Mix)

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,649 views]
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The combination of Amelia Meath’s traditional folk style of singing and Nick Sanborn’s electronic beats, made Sylvan Esso one of the brightest spots of 2014.
Many of us here at the station had their self-titled debut on heavy rotation & H.S.K.T. (Head Shoulder Knees Toes) was one of those songs that just about everyone gravitated towards. It’s just one of those tracks that you just …

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Roisin Murphy: Artist You Should Know

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,707 views]
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Irish artist Roisin Murphy has been getting spins on KCRW for about a year, ramping up in the last few months in advance of her new album “Hairless Toys”.
She first came to music fans’ attention as one half of the electro-pop duo Moloko, but she has become an acclaimed solo artist in her own right.
According to KCRW Music Librarian Eric J Lawrence, this new …

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Friday Free For All: Major Lazer, The Drums x RAC, & Duke Dumont

Posted May 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,559 views]
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Major Lazer – “Lean On” [Remixes]
You can always count on Major Lazer to come through with at least a couple of incredible summery, sun-kissed singles on every album.
On their first album, “Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do“, it was “Keep It Goin’ Louder” and “Can’t Stop Now” (you could also make a strong argument for “Pon De Floor” and you wouldn’t be wrong).
2013′s “Free The …

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