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Whether it be through his Phantasy label, DJing or production, Erol Alkan breathes pure dancefloor fire.
Now, he’s breathed twitchy acid vibes into Tame Impala’s already super trippy, breathy “Be Above It“.
It starts familiar enough but descends maddeningly into almost Broken-era Nine Inch Nails meets Surrender-era Chemical Brothers chaos, with the vocal loop swirling into whispery incantation amid a din of colliding drum loops. The track bubbles with acidic phrases and an …
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Xenia Rubinos first came to my attention via a text message KCRW DJ Chuck P sent me asking what I thought about her recent release. I was at a loss and a tiny bit embarrassed that I hadn’t yet heard of her. (I don’t know how Chuck P always hears about bands light years ahead of everyone else!)
Well, it didn’t take me long to …
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KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley shares his top 10 favorite Morning Becomes Eclectic sessions of the year!
Read the full list below and watch video highlights:
1. Jim James
In live performance, Jim James is a man possessed by the music. He completely throws himself into every song, and his set for KCRW this August was a great example of the My Morning Jacket frontman in top …
There is just something so damn sexy about this song.
On its own, it’s a slow, slithering, sandy, wet-hair cologne ad. Wait, I’m thinking of the video. I’m sorry but how can you not?
It’s right up there with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “U Can’t Touch This” as songs that are nearly impossible to draw upon in your pop culture synapses independently of their music video. In …
Midlake – “Provider”
I’ve been hearing about the band Midlake from Denton, TX for years. I’ve always liked their songs but nothing really grabbed me. Yet, I had numerous friends who were obsessed with them. I wondered what was wrong with me. But then, they released “Antiphon”. NOW I’ve joined the fan club.
The band underwent a major makeover recently – frontman Tim Smith left the …
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Our favorite Aussie DJ duo Flight Facilities have been putting out excellent single after single, having us chomping at the bit for more – and perhaps a full album.
Well, it looks like 2014 will be the year for FF fans!
From FF: “We’re half finished with our first large format release for mid-2014. We hate the term concept album, but it’s feeling a little like …
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Teen Daze – “Ice On The Windowsill”
This ambient electronica track is meditatively beautiful. I feel like I could listen to it on repeat for hours, staring up into the starry sky or out into the ocean.
It feels big, expansive – like anything is possible if you are open to it. The Canadian artist Teen Daze released it as part of an 8-track album “Glacier”, …
Every time I hear the women of Boy, I’m so impressed by how easy they make it all seem.
Not only does this duo from Germany understand what makes a good pop song, but they’ve also figured out the nuances of Americana. Coming from overseas, the result of this can be really good or not so much.
Their recognizable single from their debut album “Little …
Having attended most years of the first decade of the Coachella festival, I now feel like I can skip a year every now and again. 2013 was maybe going to be one of those years, as I had seen most of the bands that I cared to see already.
The exception was Lou Reed, who I had never seen before, and his presence alone was …
Five Songs You Should Listen to Right Now: Kelela, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Lorde + M.I.A., Tony Joe White
Kelela – “Bank Head”
This summer, DJ Travis Holcombe put together a mixtape of some of his favorite songs, including this track from Kelela (with producer Kingdom), which is now getting a ton of buzz after her performance at NYC’s CMJ Music Conference.
Kelela was raised on the East Coast, born to parents who moved to the US from Ethiopia in the 1970’s, and is now …