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Friday Free For All: Nas, Chromatics, Glass Candy

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 247 views]
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Nas – “The Season” (prod. by J Dilla)
Not that he ever really went anywhere, but Nas is back!
Last night Nas dropped “The Season“, a brand new track showcasing the rapper in vintage form backed by a beat produced by J Dilla.

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Dilla’s horn-heavy beat originally appeared on his 2005 album “Donuts” as “Gobstopper”.
“The Season” arrives on the heels of Nas’ label, Mass Appeal, …

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Pan Caliente – Dia de los Muertos/Halloween Playlist

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,526 views]
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The time for ghosts, ghouls and sexy anything & everything is here.
Ahhh yes… Halloween.
Of the “holidays” or celebrations, Halloween is one of the few, much like Christmas, that actually has a soundtrack.
For me, my playlists are peppered with tons of great music of the macabre.
Oingo Boingo, The Cramps, The Misfits, Rocky Horror cast recordings, and any other eerie sounding bands that inspire the candy …

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Harriet Brown: Local Artist You Should Know

Posted October 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 745 views]
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Part of the local Feels So Real family of artists, run by LA’s retro-sensual R&B outfit Rare Times, comes enigmatic, talented mulit-instrumentalist Harriet Brown.
Channeling wavy purple synth funk that’ll appeal to anyone vibing on the 90s MTV R&B of artists Toro Y Moi, Blood Orange, Kindness, The Artist Known as Harriet Brown is intending to set off a new era of sensual funk.
Below you’ll find …

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KCRW’s Top 25 Most Played Albums For the Week of 9/29/2014

Posted October 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,052 views]
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Jungle – “Jungle”
Jungle is the July 2014 release from the British duo.

2

Aphex Twin
“Syro”
 
Syro the 2014 studio album by the British electronic musician Richard D James.

 
 

3

The Juan MacLean
“In A Dream”
In A Dream is the September 2014 release from the American electronic musician.

4

SBTRKT
“Wonder Where We Land”
 
Wonder Where We Land is the upcoming second studio album from the British producer.

5

Alt-J
“This Is All Yours”
This Is All Yours is the …

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Jane Weaver: Artist You Should Know

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 852 views]
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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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FYF Fest 2014 Preview

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,976 views]
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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).
Like wow.
There isn’t a single kink in the line-up, so you …

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Richard Norris Comes Out From the Shadows to Get Freaky

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,077 views]
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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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Los Porcos: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,037 views]
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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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Jeremy Sole + Atropolis Remix Dom La Nena – “Batuque”

Posted August 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 2,193 views]
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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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Jason Bentley on Jon Hassell

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,694 views]
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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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