Various Artists – La.Ga.Sta Late Summer Compilation, Vol. 4
Sneaking in just days before the Autumnal Equinox, the La.Ga.Sta music blog has just released the fourth installment of its yearly Late Summer Compilation series, showcasing unreleased and overlooked tracks from some of the most exciting acts in electronic music and nu disco.
This year’s compilation is the best yet and I cannot recommend it enough.
Los Angeles …
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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The time has come, once again, per annual tradition, for KCRW DJ Marion Hodges and I like to share our personal FYF Festival picks.
This year is not a particularly easy one to cover as it’s possibly the best line-up the Fest has had to date (and arguably the best line-up of any festival in Southern California this year).
There isn’t a single kink in the line-up, so you …
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Leftfield UK dance stalwart Richard Norris has been in the game since the early days of Acid House, but unlike his peers Andrew Weatherall and Erol Alkan, Norris has maintained (and seemingly purposefully fostered) an air of relative anonymity.
The driving force behind The Grid, The Time & Space Machine and as half of Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (his collaborative project with Alkan) Norris has …
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Always a fragile and tenuous experiment, bands are an intimate relationship with all the ups and downs of a romantic relationship but multiplied exponentially and generally without the tension relieving outlet catalyst of sex to help weather the rough patches.
Consequently, when a band breaks up, there’s rarely any one thing that can members of the band can point (or are willing to share) as …
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Brazilian-born, Paris-based musician Dom La Nena made her U.S. radio debut on KCRW and we were all big fans of her album “Ela”.
When asked to remix a song, KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole said he would only do it if he could use “Batuque”. It’s totally unlike any of her other songs, favoring a Brazilian groove with ritualistic drums and chanting over her normal singer-songwriter …
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When I was in college, exploring new genres of music with a voracious mind, albums by Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and Brian Eno led me to this Trumpeter and Composer named Jon Hassell.
Hassell’s compositions were sprawling atmospheres, sampling his trumpet through effects and synthesizers (long before sampling techniques were commonplace), and incorporating world music influences to create a hybrid sound he called Fourth World …
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Editor’s Note: Over the long holiday weekend, DJ Anne Litt reflected on her favorite LA songs
Stream a Spotify playlist below as well as thoughts from Anne!
I love holiday weekends in Los Angeles. It’s the closest we ever get to tumbleweeds blowing down any LA thoroughfare. Over the July 4 weekend, I found myself taking different ways to and from KCRW – staying off the …
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Last week, KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad played a brand new track by the Long Beach, CA surf-rock trio Tijuana Panthers called “NOBO.”
On its surface, it’s a perfect lazy summer day stroll through vintage Southern California pop but beneath the low-fi buzz lay something a bit darker and distorted. Sort of a perfect euphemism for the city of Long Beach in general. With driving bass-line …
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Swedish born, U.K. raised and L.A. based; Eric Prydz is a DJ & Producer on the verge of a big year.
With a handful of new releases including a full-length Eric Prydz album, the 10 year anniversary of his own record label “Pryda” and a brand new single the hard-working DJ is finding little time to enjoy the summer weather in his new home of …