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Norwegian-based producer Kygo stopped by the famed Village Studio to record a live session for KCRW after his Coachella debut.
The rising star of EDM brought three incredible vocalists (Brisbane’s Conrad Sewell, Austria’s James Hersey, and Brooklyn-based Parson James) for this stripped down set of his piano-driven songs.
During soundcheck, they played around with a couple Michael Jackson songs (“Beat it” and “Black and White”) but …
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Towkio – .WAV Theory
Chicago’s SAVEMONEY crew has been making some serious noise in the past couple of years.
Led by Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, SAVEMONEY are a hip hop crew at their core, but what makes them so special as a collective is their willingness to constantly reach outside that box.
Whether it’s the more traditional elements of hip hop like funk, soul, disco, …
Bombadil – “Framboise”
KCRW DJ Chris Douridas recently touted the new single from this Durham, NC trio, delighting in its “sweetness”. He says the writing really stands out and there is an element of surprise in the way they build the track.
Enjoy this quirky French pop ditty from their recently released album “Hold On”.
Britt Daniel double take!
Spoon – “Inside Out (Fabrizio Moretti Remix)
Spoon’s recent effort …
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Geoff Barrow is an intensely busy, moody dude.
When not making timeless classics with genre innovating project Portishead or newer projects like Beak, Drokk and Quakers or producing records for Anika and The Horrors or running his Invada label or railing against the man on Twitter, Barrow has somehow found time to co-score Alex Garland’s dark, new sci-fi future classic Ex_Machina.
Working with his Drokk collaborator, TV composer Ben …
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Superfood – “Don’t Say That” (Infectious)
I was working as Music Director at KLA, UCLA’s student-run radio station in the early ’90s, so I have a particular affection for the alternative music of that time. One popular style coming out of the UK was so-called “baggy” music, popularized the likes of Happy Mondays, the Charlatans & EMF.
British newcomers Superfood bring that sound into the 21st …
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Corsica Arts Club came on my radar last summer and, with word that they will be releasing their self-titled debut EP on June 9, I thought it was time to share.
The sunny synth pop track “Untamed” is my favorite so far.
It’s a dancefloor-ready track that would fit in perfect on any 80’s mix nestled up against songs by New Order and Erasure.
Brendan Thompson and …
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I can’t remember ever being more excited about the slate of upcoming releases than I am right now.
The next couple of months hold the promise of new albums from Hot Chip, Shamir, Mbongwana Star, HNNY, Jamie xx, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Major Lazer, De Lux, Kanye West (possibly), Chromatics (hopefully), Tanlines, and Hudson Mohawke.
Even if only half of these releases hit the mark, 2015 is …
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(Joy Williams is set to release her first solo album since the break up of The Civil Wars. She’ll be playing the El Rey on May 19 and wanted to share her love for LA’s Kan Wakan as part of our FANDOM series!)
“I have been listening to Kan Wakan’s debut album, “Moving On“, for almost a year now, since it released last June.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”
This Portland-based band keeps getting better and better with each release. On their newest single, they really bring the FUNK!
They go all in on “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” from the album “Multi-Love” out later next month on Jagjaguwar.
The album is an upbeat catharsis reflecting on the difficulties of being in a relationship. On this song, …
Andy Shauf is an artist that a lot of KCRW DJs are excited about. With comparisons to Elliott Smith, his music saddles up nicely next to Nick Drake in a radio set.
DJ Eric J Lawrence recently hosted a live session with the Canadian artist, saying he “comes from that tradition of certain singer/songwriters who don’t rely on theatrics to convey their point in their …