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I just realized it’s been an entire year since I last posted. Time flies. Ive spent more time focusing on Morning Becomes Eclectic. You can listen to episodes here. There was a time where content ran my life. The need to document, share, video capture, snap pics and house it all on this blog. I even paid lots of money to maintain the space to house it all. Analytics are no more essential.

I’ve wondered If I lost that fire to share? I just figured that you can catch me on the radio weekdays with my pal Novena, or follow me on Instagram for the real time adventures. It’s a bit liberating. But when I scroll back, the amazing interviews with Tier 1 artists who were once Tier 4’s and 5’s, the Sounds For Plant Lovers series created during the time of uncertainty and all the dj gig pics.. It’s there, it’s my past and Im grateful for it.

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I’ll post from time to time here. Be safe! With Love.



Totally felt this weekend’s sets. New favorites from Tuzeint (Mexico), Baird, Marcel D2 (Brazil), James Blake and more. Hope you dig!

Saturday, October 17th // Listen
Duendita – Mind
Tuzeint – Break My Love
Ismael Rivera y Su Combo – El Que No Sufre No Vive
Oscar Brown Jr. – Brother Where Are You? (Matthew Hebert remix)
Soul Supreme – Check The Rhime
Benny Sings – Rolled Up (ft. Mac DeMarco)
Nathy Peluso – Buenos Aires
Baird – Beluga Baby
Sault – Uncomfortable
Nick Hakim – All These Changes
Gabriels – In Loving Memory (Instrumental)
Fat Freddy’s Drop – This Room (Lock In)
Liam Bailey – Champion (Black Thought remix)
The Moments – I’ve Got To Keep On Loving You
Orgone – The Way
The Flaming Lips – Approaching Pavonis Mons By Ballon
Carwyn Ellis and Rio 18 – Duwies y Dre
Bakar – Small Town Girl
Marcel D2 – E Manha (Vem)
Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff – When It’s Sweet
Common Saints – Idol Eyes
Omar Apollo – Kamikaze
Blanco Palamera – Sola Con Mi Voz
Shay Lia – Irrational
Cool Company – Floatin w/ Nick Hanson
Rufus – Stop On By (Disco edit)
Slum Village – Players (instrumental)
James Blake – Do You Ever
St. Panther – Infrastructure
Jitwam – I’m A Rock
Solange – Losing You
The Twilite Tone – I Still Need Love 
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Muneca
Yellow Days – Be Free
Noah Slinger – Journey
Cleo Sol – Rose In The Dark
Submotion Orchestra – All Yours
Bei Ru/Seven Davis Jr. – How To Let Go Of Bad Vibes
Bahamas – Own Alone
Shirley Ann Lee – There’s A Light
Bosq – El Carriqui
Dick’s Beat Market – Scorpio In Love (Saturday Love)
The Internet – Wanna Be
Labi Siffre – I Got The
Mama Ode – Wadada Lasts
Angela Munoz, Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Betty Wright – Old Songs (ft. The Roots)

Sunday, October 18th // Listen

Duendita – I’m A Get You
Luther Davis Group – You Can Be A Star
Sly and the Family Stone – Everybody Is A Star
The Roots – Star / Pointro
Billy Hoyle – Canto De Xango
Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
Lucy Pearl vs The Bee Gees – Dance Tonight
Ge-Ology – Break Through
Hanni El Khatib – How
Omar Apollo – Kamikaze
Alberto Contientino – Onda
Elijah Fox – Barcelona (ft. Al Strong)
Liam Bailey – Fight
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Muneca
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble – Nao Lugares (Kofi remix)
Ricky Reed – Us (How Sweet It Was) (ft. Jim James and Duendita)
Hope Tala – All My Girls Like To Fight
D’Angelo – Really Love
St. Panther – These Days
The Smiths – Well I Wonder
Yusef Lateef – Love Theme From “Spartacus”
Aluna, Kaytranada, REMA – The Recipe
Hector Lavoe & Willie Colon – Timbalero
De La Soul vs Funkadelic – My Myself and I (Nick Bike edit)
Bei Ru – Pink Cookies
Bosq – El Carriqui
Aaron Childs – Peach
Kelela – Bank Head
Aaliyah – We Need A Resolution
Fhin – Picture Of You (Crayon remix)
Bobby Oroza – This Love (Pt. 1)
Bruxas – Tropicacovas
Anderson .Paak – Twilight
Verzache – Needs
Scrimshire – Whitney vs Loleatta (2009 Rum edit)
Mirror Gazer – Loaded Desire (Tim K remix)
Bjork – Joga
Kennyhoopla – Lost Cause
Randy Newman – I Love L.A.
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta 
Jarami – Company

Peace! So much new music this weekend that I’m truly excited to share this weekend on KCRW and KROQ. This week has been a hustle and grind with the podcast so excuse the small playlist this week but trust I’m digging for more. If you want the full perfecto audio experience, head over here to my Spotify page and make sure to like the playlist!

Back with new sounds and favorites plus a few curveballs from this weekend’s KCRW sets. Currently overwhelmed with the podcast, my other show on KROQ and production on a new storytelling podcast, but I hope you dig! Sunday’s show felt like one of my faves. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 10th // Listen
Labi Siffre – Bless The Telephone
Mac Demarco – Very Spooky
Hether – When U Loved Me
Sault – Uncomfortable
Snoh Aalegra – I Want You Around
Alberto Contientino – Onda
Hnny – So Good
Video Age – Shadow On The Wall
Jachary – Hospital
Mocky/Liliana Andrade – Feeling Like I Like
Trio Ternura – A Gira (Aroop Roy rework)
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
Justice Der – Crooked Tree
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Mira My Look
Eartha Kitt – Love For Sale
The Smiths – Rubber King
Noa Pino Palo – Muero X Ti (ft. Clubz)
Ginger Root – B4
Souleance – The Bounce
John Lennon – Jealous Guy
The Beatles – Come Together (Daniel Crawford edit)
Bosq – Corazon (ft. Camilo Tumbao)
Jakob Ogawa – All I Wanna Do
Reginald Chapman – Starting Now
Mac Miller – Good News
Bahamas – Trick To Happy
Elijah Fox/Al Strong – Barcelona (ft. Al Strong)
Tuzeint – Birdz In My Eyez
Jason Joshua – La Vida Es Fria
The Twilight Tone – Taxi Cab Confessions
Toro Y Moi – Freelance
Mirror Gazer – Loaded Desire (Tim K remix)
Melba Moore – Love’s Comin’ At Ya
The Altons – I’ll Be Around
Social Lovers – Time Warp
Hope Tala – All My Girls Like To Fight
Julie Driscoll – Let The Soulpride In (Flipped Out edit)
Prince – When Doves Cry (Live in Utrecht)
Odyssey – Inside Out (Nick Bike edit)
Omar Apollo – Kamikaze
Rhye – Helpless

Enzo Dicarlo – Sem Flow
Lee Fields & The Explorers – Regenerate
Darondo – The Wolf
Elusive – Mental IMpression
Austenyo – Prosper
Ella y Elizabeth – Alegria (Yusek remix)
Vaudou Game – Anniversaire
Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge – Ao Redor Do Samba

Sunday, October 11th // LISTEN
Mildlife – Automatic
St. Panther – Infrastructure
Slave – Watching You
Chong The Nomad – On Fire
The Scorpios – Mashena
Funkadelic – Knee Deep (Nick Bike instrumental edit)
Joy Division – She’s Lost Control
Marcos Valle – Nao Tem Nada Nao (Aroop remix)
Blanco – Anakin
Celeste – Lately
Majid Jordan – A Place Like This
Daedelus – Cauldron (Elusive remix)
Toro Y Moi – Buffalo
PEven Everett – Testin Me
Lee Fields & The Explorers – Two Timer
Ismael Rivera y Sus Cachimbos – El Que No Sufre No Vive
Freestyle Fellowship – Brighter Days (Instrumental)
Aya Nakamura – Doudou
Latryx – Lady Don’t Tek No
Snoh Aalegra – Whoa (Esentrik remix)
Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
J. Rocc – Flight #2
Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou – Ecoute Ma Melodie (Bossa Afro)
Mac Demarco – Finally Alone
Mac Miller – Everybody
Hanni El Khatib – How
Bobby Bland – Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City
Elusive – Broaden Your Horizons
Omar Apollo – Friends
Shay Lia – All Up To You
Brandy – Full Moon
Benny Sings – Sunny Afternoon
Prince – Forever In My Life

Apologies. Slacked off a bit last week. The KROQ show has been amazing with it now in syndication in markets including NYC, Orlando, Miami, Vegas, SF, Sacramento, etc. Sunday nights are truly fun! I’m also back this weekend on KCRW during our pledge drive which I’m excited about. Also we are 3 episodes in on Public Space Podcast with episodes from Dj Shadow, Koffee and St. Panther. Things went from zero to sixty during lock down but Im happy to still be in a position that requires me to dig for new and latest releases. I hope you are well and amazing. If there is anything I can do to help, please reach out. Check out my Spotify playlist.

This week we have new and recent gems from the amazing Carla Morrisson, Puma Blue, Azymuth, Serengeti, Boy Pablo, Mocky + so much more. For the true listening experience, click here and make sure to follow my weekly New Music Friday playlist!

2020 is sounding amazing despite it’s challenges. Coming into the studio for the past two weeks have been hard. I’ve noticed the homeless population in my community increase, the amount of closed shops. And I take that all with me each time I’m sitting in the studio wondering what my first song will be, and how to reflect what’s happening while at the same time trying to help ease minds. But I’m here for it. We must not stop. And we must vote and continue to help one another.

I’m grateful to soundtrack your weekends. This new Vulpeck w/ Joey Dosik is fire! Also new Sault, Frankie Reyes (Stones Throw), Yellow Days, Omar Apollo, Hudson Mohawke, Okay Kaya and Cautious Clay all sound really amazing! Hope you enjoy!. Be safe + lots of love.

Saturday, September 19th // LISTEN

Finley Quaye – Even After All
J.Rocc – Flight #2
Mama Ode, Regional Omas Mamode IV & Jeen Bassa – Wadada Lasts
Vulfpeck – Lax (Ft. Joey Dosik
Daedalus – Cauldron (Elusive remix)
Sault – I Just Want To Dance
Fafa De Belem – Raca
Paul McCartney and Wings – Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
Doug Shorts – Get With The Program
Willie Bobo – Fried Neck Bones & Some Fries
Frankie Reyes – Alma De La Palma
Tropa Magica – Come As You Are
Dojo Cuts – Rome
Lizette & Quevin – Talk To Me
Hanni El Khatib – Room
Betty Davis – They Say I’m Different
Caixa Cubo – Lua Nova
Yellow Days – Be Free
Okvsho/Sreya – Descobrir
Orgone – The Way
Dwight Druick – Georgy Porgy (Disco version)
Enzo Dicarlo – Sem Flow
Rhye – Helpless
Schwey/Satchy – Freetime
Omar Apollo – Kamikaze
King Most – Rhythm Rug
Hudson Mohawke – Human
Foster Sylvers – Montego Bay
Okay Kaya – Comic Sans
Sans Soucis – Visible
St. Panther – Infrastructure
Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo – Eu Quero Meu Anel
KMD – Peachfuzz
LCD Soundsystem – 33 45 (Part Apt edit)
East Coast Love Affair – Don’t Be Afraid
Chaka Khan – Every Woman (Kon edit)
Guts/Vum Vum – Mucagiami
Jungle – Casio
Lous and the Yakuza – Amigo
Ben Chandler – Sad Boy
Cautious Clay – Agreeable
Curumin/Camoes/Lucas Alves – Bora Passear
Lee Fields & The Explorers – Regenerate
Mamas Gun – This Is The Day
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Diablo Rojo
Mac Miller – Good News
Chicano Batman – Pink Elephant
La Lupe – Fever
Devon Gilfillian – The Good Life
Pher – Murky
HAAi – Rotating In Unison

Sunday, September 20th // LISTEN
Okay Kaya – Comic Sans
James Vincent McMorrow – I Should Go (Ft. Kenny Beats)
Kimberly Anne – Show Me Love (Esta edit)
El Michels Affair – Reasons (Ft. Bobby Oroza)
Hanni El Khatib – How
Yeek – Shake
Baby Rose – Pressure
Mama Ode – Creole Brothers
Ahmed Fakroun – Nisyan
Ukokos and Jabco – Keep Rising All Night Long (Sunday Service)
Ezrakh/Olive – Love In Suspension
Linda Diaz – Honesty (Cool Company remix)
Jachary – Hospital
JMSN – Sunshine
Yellow Days – Who’s There? (Ft. Shirley Jones)
Ahmad Jamal – Swahililand
Sault – Little Boy
D’Angelo – Africa
Shintaro Sakamoto – Extremely Bad Man
Stevie Wonder – I’ve Got To Find Him
Surprise Chef – New Ferrari
Stro Elliot – Virginia Wolf
Aaliyah x Selena – Rock The Bom Bom (edit)
J Balvin & Bad Bunny – La Cancion
Phony PPL – Somehow
sir Was – The Sun Will Shine
Hector Lavoe – Calle Luna, Calle Sol (Nick Bike edit)
Vulfpeck – Lax (Ft. Joey Dosik)
Calypso Rose – Back To Africa (David Walters remix)
Mmyykk – Soulmate (Heartstrings)
Omar Apollo – Kamikaze
The Smiths – I Won’t Share You
Liam Bailey – Fight
Steve Arrington – All I Wanna Do
Thundercat – Black Quails (Ft. Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington)
Cautious Clay – Agreeable
David McCallum – The Edge
Devotchka – Straight Shot
Zella Barbosa – Funeral Of A Worker
Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
Prince – Xtraloveabe
Lady Wray – Smiling
Benny Sings – Late At Night (Moods remix)
Jakob Ogawa – Sunshine Girl
Drama – Billy
Donny Hathaway – Memory Of Our Love
Outkast – Pink & Blue
6lack & J. Cole – Pretty Friday Morning (Jengi Mashup)
Astrud Gilberto – Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
Daedelus – Cauldron (Elusive remix)



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So much new heat courtesy of Cautious Clay, Hudson Mohawke, Ambar Lucid, Serengeti, SAULT, Baby Rose, Flwr Chyld, Pink Siifu, Omar Apollo and more. Listen here for best listening experience. 


Alternalido, my weekly show on KROQ is now syndicated and can be found in different markets and cities starting this Sunday night! We will continue to support emerging artists and paying respect those who came before us in Latin Alternative music. More details here.

New sounds from Gabriel Garzòn-Montano, Black Pumas, DJ Babu, Omar Apollo, Video Age out of New Oreleans, DRAMA, St. Panther and some tribute cuts to the late great Toots of Toots and the Maytals who passed away this past Friday at the age of 77. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday Sept 12 2020 // LISTEN

Toots and The Maytals – Funky Kingston
The Meters – Hand Clapping Song
Ezrakh/Olive – Love In Suspension
Black Pumas – I’m Ready
Onra – Swish (Instr)
Omar Apollo – Kamikazi
Biig Piig – Don’t Turn Around
Earth Wind And Fire – Brazilian Heartbeat (Nick Bike Edit)
The Purple One – Kon’s Lets Go Crazy
Drama – Nine One One (Poolside Edit)
Video Age – Blushing
Idris Muhammad – Say What?
James Blake – Godspeed
Frank Ocean – Self Control
Bruno Major – The Most Beautiful Thing
Sango – Preto E Dourado
Still Woozy – BS
Toos and The Maytals – Bam Bam
St. Panther – Infrastructure
Brandy – I Wanna Be Down (Snips Edit)
Antonin – Caresser Les Chevaux
Sans Soucis – Visibible
Dj Babu – Higher
Gabriel Garzòn-Montano – Bloom
Kota The Friend, Kaiit – Away Park
Los Retros – Fruitful
Mac Demarco – Heart to Heart (Demo)
Mac Miller – Circles
Owusu and Hannibal – Lonnie’s Secret
Rhye – Helpless
N.E.R.D – Bobby James
Hector Lavoe – Calle Luna Calle Sol
St. Vincent – The Strangers
Otis Redding – It’s Too Late
Dj Rodgers – If You Didn’t Love Me (Don’t Go Away)
Mama’s Gun – We
Peter Cottontale – Keys, Wallet, Phone, God (Feat Jamila Woods)
Disclosure – Birthday (Feat Syd + Kehlani)
Cleo Sol – Shine
The Altons – Maldito
Tyler The Creator – I Think
Ray Camacho – Movin On
Bronx River Parkway – El Resbalon
Luedji Luna – Banho De Folhas
Rosalia – Untitled (Says Edit)
The Marias/Triatholon – Drip
Dino D’Santiago – Sofia (Branko Edit)
Werha – The Key
Parisian Soul – Temple of Disco

Sunday Sept 13 2020 // LISTEN

Mac Miller – Good News
K. Roosevelt – Real Soon
Massive Attack – Protection
Nina Simone + Lauryn Hill – The Sweetest Thing (Edit)
Prince – Pink Cashmere
MNDGSN – Browneez
Devon Gilfillian + Joseph – Crack In the Ceiling
Baianas De Ipioca – Noa Noite
Donny Benet – Girl Of My Dreams
Al Charles – Outstanding
Mama’s Gun – This Is The Day
Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Bloom
Omar Apollo – Kamikaze
Snoh Aalegra – I Want You Around (Jon Reyes Edit)
Os Impossíveis – Dando Fora (Edit)
Nubya Garcia – Pace
Kali Uchis, Tyler The Creator – After The Storm (Pete Rock Remix)
Orgone – The Way
The Meters – Find Yourself
Suff Daddy – Diamond Dreams
El Michele Affair – Hung Up On My Baby
Hanni El Khatib – How
Jakob Ogawa – April
Buno Major – Like Someone In Love
Mos Def – the Beggar
Free Nationals – Eternal Light
Ahmad Jamal – Swahililand
James Blake – Godspeed
Frank Ocean – Thinking Bout You
Sly And The Family Stone – Wishful Thinkin
Bakar – Small Town Girl
Claro Intelecto – Peace Of Mind
Ricky Reed + Terrace Martin + St. Panther – Real Magic
Stevie Wonder – Masterblaster Flip
Q Tip – Let’s Ride (Nick Bike Flip)
Jorge Ben – Curumin Todo Dia Era Dia Del Indio
Biig Piig – Don’t Turn Around
Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow – Fabus Foo Geemix
Dijon – Skin
Michelle/Arlo Parks – Sunrise
Nick Moon – Pink Moon
Paul and Linda McCartney – Dear Boy
St. Panther – These Days
Young Fathers – I Heard
Horatio Luna – Boom Boom
D’Angelo – Devil’s Pie (El Barrio Edit)
Video Age – Shadow On A Wall
Marcos Valle – Crickets Sing For America
Shimmertraps – Beta Club
Souleance – Les Mouches

It’s New Music Friday and I’ve got some recent releases and new discoveries from timeless favorites to keep you company this weekend. East LA’s Tropa Magica continue to push boundaries, James Blake releases his gem written for Frank Ocean and found some records that never crossed my radar till this morning. Listen listen directly here!

New week and new music. It’s been a long week of work with the shows, the live streams with Lucha VaVOOM and the Hollywood Bowl but you now have my attention. It’s been a solid week of new releases and here are some that I think you might dig! Here’s a direct link to the Spotify playlist!


New gems from Vic Mensa, Charlotte Dos Santos, Buscabulla, El Michels Affair, Pink Siifu, Omar Apollo + much more! Dropping these gems this weekend on the radio! Better listening experience listening here




Sat + Sun | 12-3pm | KCRW 
Sun | 8-10pm | KROQ w/ special guest Canyon Cody of Subsuelo




It’s been a minute but back with more sounds for plant lovers: radio recorded from home. When I first started this music series, it was recorded during a time of uncertainty and confusion, today, Im not sure where we stand with this pandemic or BLM movement, but Im grateful to help score you quarantine with music I’m happy sharing. It’s sounds you might hear on my KCRW or KROQ shows or neither. Hope you enjoy!


Infinite Bisous – Teen Version B
Whitney – Rain
Buena Puente La Playa Del Ritmo Canta
Aissa – Esto Es Por El Money
Flofilz – One4Winter
BlackDoe – Air
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou
Ace Roxwell – More Bounce To The Ounce (Remix)
J.Rocc x Flaunt Edwards – Take Me Baby
John Wizards – Jamieo
Stereolab – Baby Lulu Demo
Galaxy – Disco Funk
Fresh Bread – Coyotes (Live in Japan w/ Carlos Nino)
Frank Ocean – Blonde Theme (Instrumental)


I drove to the station feeling out of it. Maybe it was the boarded up shops that have gone out of business, maybe seeing the expanded homeless population. I gave it my all. Lots of these new records gave me life from emerging artists such as Austinyo, Buena Puente, Aissa plus favorites from Nick Hakim, Chaka Khan, Knox Fortune and Cal Tjader. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, August 1st // LISTEN

Nick Hakim – Qadir
Tammi Terrell – All I Do Is Think Think About You
Durand Jones & The Indications – Never Heard ‘Em Say
Whitney – Rain
Buena Puente – La Playa Del Ritmo Canta
Thundercat – Los Changes (Boi Jeanius Cumbia edit)
Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (remix)
Mac Miller – Good News
Hanni El Khatib – Harlow
Peter Cottontale – When I Get There
Benne; Kenny Beats; Bakar – Night Garden
Spencer. – Maybe
Bill Withers – Just The Two Of Us (F R A N C H I S E. Riddim edit)
Yarborough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
The Clash – Straight To Hell
Stan Forebee – Jump Around
Yellow Days- You
Celia Cruz – La Guagua
D’Angelo – Spanish Joint
Marvin Gaye x Khruangbin – Pelota
Aqatuki – Wakanoura
Maye – La Cancion
Aissa – Esto Es Por El Money
Celeste – Feel Like Makin Love
Joe Bataan – Ordinary Guy
Roy Ayers – Life Is Just A Moment (Part 2)
Luther Vandross – Better Love
L’Imperatrice – Fou (Poolside remix)
Wesley Bright & The Honeytones – You Don’t Want Me
Full Crate; Jaimes – Ill Ride
Vagabon – Water Me Down (Pamcy remix)
Branko – SDDS
Morrissey – Suedehead
Knox Fortune – Sincerity
Aforest – Seasons
A.K Paul – Be Honest
Diego Lorenzini – Maite
Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri – Black Orchid
Play Nice: Insightful – I Do
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Funkadelic – Knee Deep (Brukt edit)
Vaughan Mason – Bounce Rock Chic! (Nick Bike edit)
Lisandro Meza – Las Tapas
Janet Jackson – If (Nick Bike edit)
Shimmertraps – Jules Quesnel
First Beige – Not Gonna Feel The Way You Asked For
Junior Mesa – Losing My Grip
Pink Matter – Quicksand
Sam Truth – All My Dogs
Harvey Sutherland – Super Ego

Sunday, August 2nd // Listen

Play Nice: Insightful – I Do
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Sade – Love Is Stronger Than Pride
Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade De Melody Nelson
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge – Oi
Marcos Valle – Estrelar
Toro Y Moi – Blessa (Instrumental)
Jakob Ogawa – All I Wanna Do
Blackdoe; Chaanil; Yella – Air
Mosey – Something Freaky
99 Neighbors – Lock N Key
Tyler, The Creator – Earfquake (Jengi remix)
Nicola Cruz – Drom Tradisie
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
The Meters – Find Yourself
J Lloyd – If I Fall Under
Lady Wray – Guilty
Oscar Welsh – Sixteen
Hanni El Khatib – Gem
Badbadnotgood – Glide (Goodbye Blue Pt. 2)
Clubz ; Buscabulla – Caile
Jason Joshua & The Beholders – Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Willie Nelson – I Never Cared For You
Synthia; Lady Wray – Tonight You Might
Boy Dude – Modern Day Confusion
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
Peter Cottontale – Hi 5
Al Green – You Ought To Be With Me
Chaka Khan – I Know You I Live You
Joe Bataan – Muneca
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Debarge – I Like It
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Yellow Days – You
Austenyo – Computer Talk
Fat Night – Heart
Khruangbin – The Red Book
Mac Miller – Once A Day
Ty Dolla $ign – Famous
Knox Fortune – Help Myself
Full Crate – I’m Trying
Aaron Taylor; Benny Sings – Shooting Star
El Gran Combo – Lloraras
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Aguita
St. Panther – These Days
Beau Diako; Coco PM – Animal
Swing – Richesse
Ricky Reed, Jim James & Duendita – Us (How Sweet It Was)
Reyna Tropical – Dolor
Soko – Oh A Rainbow!
Nick Hakim – All These Changes
Sunny & The Sunliners – Cross My Heart
The Delfonics – La La (Means I Love You)
The Internet – Wanna Be
Free Nationals – Apartment (Instrumental)


Apologies for the absence here. The KROQ and KCRW shows have been time consuming and the Monk podcast is 98 percent close to wrapping! Whew. Also, Im just spending more time with plants and catching surf. Hope you might join me this weekend on KCRW from 12-3pm and then on KROQ this Sunday from 8-10pm. In the mean time, peep some of my current faves from St. Panther, A.K Paul, Katzu Oso, Ego Ell May + more. Listen here for a better experience!



It’s the best of Latin Alternative + music discovery Sunday nights from 8-10 pm on the World Famous KROQ! Los Retros continues to kill it with his latest amazing EP + gems from The Free Nationals, Yungatita, Tropa Magica and more! Ill be back this Sunday night and hope you might join me!


OC Hurricanes – My Love
Kali Uchis – Just A Stranger (feat Steve Lacy)
Karen y Los Remedios – Canario
QUITAPENAS – Campesino
Los Retros – The Messiah
Minyo Crusaders – Cumbia del Monte Fuji
Sotomayor – Cielo
Helado Negro – Lechuguilla
Junior Mesa – 3 AM
Ocote Soul Sounds – Primavera
Chicano Batman – Itotiani
Brainstory – Mnemophobia
Bostich+Fussible – Tengo La Voz

Free Nationals – Eternal Light
Buscabulla – Sono
Inner Wave – 1 4 2
Símon Mejía – Río Piedra
Mexican Institute of Sound – El Microfono
Katzù Oso – Secuestro Al Corazón
Pau Sotomayor – Somos Dos
Yungatita – Everyone Can See
Black Pumas – Old Man
La Santa Cecilia – Always Together
Ambar Lucid – Candy
MARINERO – Como Mariposas
Tropa Magica – Koopa-Cabras
Divino Niño – Quiero
Flamingosis – Brunch at the Bodega
Amantes Del Futuro – Cumbia Amarilla

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Last weekend was fun. Felt good breaking in new sounds from Ricky Reed, Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge, Spencer., Phony PPL, Nick Pagan + more. Hope you dig! Ill be on break for the next two weeks from KCRW but you can catch my Sunday night sets on KROQ from 8-10 in the mean time!

Saturday, July 4th // LISTEN

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Polo and Pan – Feel Good
Sault – Don’t Shoot (DB’s edit)
Burna Boy – Anybody
Kali Uchis – Angel
Talking Heads – Moon Rocks
Ron Basejam – Late Night Hunt
Jorja Smith – Rose Rouge
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (Matthew Law edit)
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul (Nick Bike edit)
The Whispers – Keep On Lovin’ Me
David Walters – Kyre Mwen
Arthur’s Landing – Love Dancing
Charlotte Dos Santos – Red Clay
St. Panther – These Days
The Dynamics – Move On Up
The Beatles – Reggae Rigby
Quantic – Time Is The Enemy
Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin & St. Panther – Real Magic
Manteca – Tremendo Boogalo
Toquino – Carolina Carol Bela (Ft. Jorge Bern)
Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day
Thundercat – Them Changes
Kool And The Gang – Summer Madness (Bossa edit)
Sly5thAve – Expatria (ft. Thalma De Freitas)
Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Spencer. – Maybe
Phony PPL – Somehow
Theophilus London, Devonte Hynes, Solange – Flying Overseas
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Hanni El Khatib – Dumb
Jerry Paper – Cholla
Clubz – Pronto
Khruangbin – Pelota
Kingdom of Kaffa – Dibo Di Bongo
Peter Cottontale – Hi 5
Kowloon – Wake Up
Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Ahmed Sirour Tribute remix)
Full Crate and Kyle Dion – Brandy
Snoh Aalegra – Whoa (Esentrick edit)
The Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale
George Benson – Love x Love (Young Pulse edit)
Doja Cat x Aaliyah – Say One Million (King Most edit)
Gap Band – Someday (Ron Basejam edit)
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Bachata edit)
Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted (Paul Mond & Tera Kora flip)
Wesley Bright & The Honeytones – Happiness
Nick Pagan – No Mames
Los Retros – Fruitful
Mac Miller – Everybody
Meshell N’Degeocello
Radiohead – Climbing Up The Walls (Fila Brazillia mix)
Zimbabwe Legit – Shadows Legitimate mix


Sunday, July 5th // LISTEN

Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin & St. Panther – Real Magic
Seu Jorge & Roge – Vem Me Salvar
Peter Cottontale – Find You (New Jerusalem)
Saucy Lady – Together (U Key Main mix)
Skinshape – The Place Upstream
Phony PPL – FKN Around (Ft. Megan Thee Stallion) (Cuppy remix)
Bosq – Mi Arizal (Ft. Dorkas)
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache (Grand Master Flash remix)
James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thang
Monte Booker – Baby (Ft. Ravyn Lenae)
Doja Cat – Say So (Nick Bike edit)
Tosca – Dr. Dings
Bad Bunny & J. Balvin – La Cancion (Bruno Borlone edit)
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Omar Apollo – Frio
Charles Bradley (Ft. Menahan Street Band) – The World Is Going Up In Flames
D’Angelo – Feel Like Makin’ Love
Free Nationals – Cut Me A Break (Instrumental)
One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
Khruangbin – Time (You And I)
L’Imperatrice – Voodoo
Sault – Don’t Shoot (DB’s edit)
Ray Barretto – Together
Nai Palm – Atoll
Natalie Slade – Humidity
The Temptations – Get Ready (adam Doubleyou’s ‘Teach Me’ edit)
Madlib – Young Warrior
Willie Bobo – Sunshine Superman
Quantic y Los Milicos – Hotline Bling
The Steady 45s – Sleepwalk
The Ohio Players – Funky Worm
Foreigner – Cold As Ice (Jim Sharp edit)
Wings – Arrow Through Me
Erykah Badu – Window Seat
Los Retros – The Messiah
Mononeon – Breathing While Black
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – The Healer
Otis Redding – Cigarettes & Coffee
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattison 2)
Femina – Brillando
Junior Mesa – Long Title
Rosalia & Travis Scott – TKN (Dju Dju edit)
La La – Morir Sonando
Ezra Collective – Footprints
Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Youssra El Hawary – Ghareeb An El Medina (Brenk Sinatra remix)
Blundetto & Chico Mann – Tengo Fe
Nils Frahm – A Place (Kalupke rework)
Epmd – You Gots To Chill
Mac Miller – Woods
Gal Costa – Teco Teco
Jazzanova – Summer Keeps On Passing Me (ft. Ben Westbeech)
Mamas Gun – You Make My Life A Better Place
Noname – Window (ft. Phoelix)
Farr – Bulletproof
Abstract Orchestra – Gobstopper

NMF 07.0220

I’ll be on the fm dail(s) this weekend with more music discovery but thought I’d give you a heads up here first. New JGreey, Melodiesinfonie, Terrace Martin with Robert Grasper, Ty Dolla teams with FKA Twigs + friends and more. Hope you enjoy! For the best listening experience, hit play here on Spotify!

Sat + Sunday: 12-3pm (pst) on 89.9 FM KCRW
Sun: 8pm-10pm (pst) on 106.7 FM KROQ


Back with more music discovery and throwbacks all mashed together with new releases from Peter Cottontale, Nathan Bajar, recently unearthed Thelonious Monk, Los Retros, Greentea Peng and so much more. Hope you enjoy! Back this weekend on KCRW with more from the record bag.

Saturday, June 27th // LISTEN

Skinshape – Amigoes E Inimigos
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (DJ Caution edit)
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Roy Ayers – Gravity
Rosalia – TKN (Ft. Travis Scott) (Dju Dju edit)
Maryam Saleh – Nouh Al Hamam
A Tribe Called Quest – The Love
Laurence Guy – Claudi
Peter Cottontale – Find You (New Jerusalem
The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Nothing But His Love
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Boi Jeanius Bachata remix)
Nathan Bajar – Anniversary
Thelonious Monk – Epistrophy (Live)
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Lance Skiiiwalker – In The World (Ft. Nick Hakim)
The Lewis Express – Clap Your Hands
Mounika. – Tender Love (ft. Ocie Elliott)
The Delfonics – Ready Or Not Here I Come
Nick Pagan – Hardly Use My Hands
Ezra Collective – Footprints
K-Os – Heaven Only KNows
Joe Simon – Joe’s So Fresh and Clean (Matthew Law edit)
Khruangbin – Dearest Alfred
N.E.R.D – Victory
Kelis – Scared Money
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Jason Joshua & The Beholders – Poor Boy
Mac Miller – Right
Sault – Hard Life
Los Retros – The Messiah
Twit One – Chayn Gang
Peter Cottontale – When I Get There (Ft. Jamilah Woods & Rex Orange County)
Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo – Ballade De Nuit
Mosss – What She Said
Gold Panda – Black Voices
Sumohair – 1992
Lady Wray – Smiling
Shay Lia – All Up To You
Clubz – Pronto
Aniceto Molina – Estrella
Justice – On N On (Jerome Baker edit)
Siti Muharam – Pakistan
Breakdown Brass – Mary Jane
Frank Ocean – Dear April (Justice remix)
The Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma
Richard Schneider Jr. – Hello Beach Girls
D’Angelo – Africa (Eli Escobar edit)
Souleance – Aquarelle
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattson 2)
Guli – Lava
Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir – Nobody Knows
Greentea Peng – Sane
Oscar Jerome – Sun For Someone
Anteloper – Bubble Under

Sunday, June 28th // // LISTEN

Mac Miller – Surf
Ceu – Forcar O Verao
Yellow Days – Love Is Everywhere
Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody?
Khruangbin – Father Bird, Mother Bird
Hanni El Khatib – Gem
The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
Jorge Ben – Taj Mahal
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie
Andre 3000 – Prototype
Natalie Slade – Sunday Morning
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Can I Get Your Name?
Kutcorners – Drifting Apart
Clubz – Pronto!
Tall Black Guy – Clovereque
Nina Simone – Baltimore (Tropical remix)
Exile – I Wish You Love
LA Priest – Beginning
Sault – Don’t Shoot
Brooklyn Sounds – Mirame San Miguel
Peter Cottontale – Way Up High
Lee Stone – What Is Life
Vanessa de Mata – Nao Me Deixe So
Victor Internet – U Got My
Omar Apollo – Frio
Thundercat – Them Changes (Cumbia edit)
Tyler, The Creator – Earfquake
Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinconneur Des Lilas
Willie Griffin – Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Erland Oye – Paradiso
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Someone
St. Panther – These Days
Sunni Colon – Satin Psicodelic
Akira Kosemura – DNA
Mad Man Jaga – Hankuri
Childish Gambino – Summertime Magic (Zikomo remix)
Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic (Disgo remix)
Fredfades And Jawn Rice – Travels Through
MK.Gee – Western
Jarami – Hear This
P. Funk All Stars – Pumpin’ It Up
Loleatta Holloway – Runaway (The Salsoul Orchestra remix)
Miraa May – Regardless
Snoop and Pharrell – Beautiful (Smoothie Roller Rink edit)
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Ambar Lucid – Story To Tell
Los Retros – Sweet Honey
Devon Gilfillian – Get Out And Get It
Devin Morrison – Casper
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattson 2)
Cheo – Todo El Dia En La Cama
La La – Morir Sonando
Skinshape – Amigoes E Inimigos
ATCQ – Cyh (DJ A1 Keep Bouncing edit)
Jerry Paper – Cholla
Blundetto – Bingi

NMF 26.20

Last week’s batch of newness was so good I decided to pull a few but keep the new gems and addd a few more. This new Khruangbin is fire. Also feeling the latest from Los Retros, Toro Y Moi, Clubz remixed (one of my faves from Mexico). Salute to Noname and J.Cole for utilizing their crafts in having a conversation through their music. Still 2 of the best to do it. Hope you enjoy. For the best listening experience, check out the playlist here.


Fun times on KROQ playing music of the Latin Alternative. Kicked things off with one of my favorite thats closet to 20 years old but from one of LA’s finest, Burning Star. Back next week with more finds to share!

Hour 1
Burning Star – Warriors (Will.I.Am Remix)
Los Retros – Friends
Mi Jardin – Girasol
The Sinseers – What’s Her Name?
Y La Bamba – De Lejos
Daniel Andrade – Gallo Pinto
Chico Mann + Captain Planet – Y Ahora Que
Buyepongo – Solo Yo
Kaina – La Luna
Katzu Oso – Secuestro Al Corazon
Rosalia – Yo x Ti Tu x Mi
Omar Apollo – Friends
Tall Juan – Atlantico
The Altons – Then You Go (That’s When You Know)
Combo Chimbita – Esto Es Real
The Steady 45’s – Sleep Walker

Hour 2
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Brainstory – Fruitless Trees
Quantic – Cumbia Sobre El Mar (El Buho Remix)
Buscabulla – NTE
The Marias – Over The Moon
Teo – Belong In The Sun
Dani – Donde Estas (Daniel Daniel Remix)
Systema Solar – El Vacile
Nick Pagan – No Mames
Clubz – Caile
Jasper Bones – Amor De Mis Suenos
Cuco – Feelings
Jason Joshua – Language Of Love
Kali Uchis – Solita


It was a positive week with peaceful protests and rallies were happening in the US and across LA. Coming into the studio and trying to create a set that touches on the human spirit and mood while still trying to help folks feels easy, but it’s not. I hope you enjoy this weekend’s sets + the Birthday Prince set on Sunday!  Ill be away for the next two weeks on KCRW but you know where you can catch me on Sunday nights!


Saturday // June 6 2020 // LISTEN

Gil Scott – Heron + Brian Jackson – A Song for Bobby Smith
Nick Hakim – Qadir
K-OS – Crucial (Kaytranada Remix)
N.E.R.D – Life As a Fish
Steady 45’s – Sleepwalk
Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas
Kali Uchis – After The Storm (Pete Rock Remix)
Nalthy Peluso – Buenos Aires
Lianne La Havas – Can’t Fight
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized
Pastor T.L Barret + The Youth For Christ Choir – Nobody Knows
Soul Supreme – Check The Rhime
Hanni El Khatib – Dumb
Roy Blair – Fantazia
El Chicano – Viva Tirado
Tony Allen and the Africa 70 – Hustler
Prince – Money Don’t Matter Tonight
Exile – I Wish You Love
Terence Etc. – Infinince or Infinity
Tommy Guerrero – Come Together
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Mos Def – Love
Ukokos + Jabco – Keep Rising All Night Long
Brenton Wood – A Change Is Gonna Come
Teo – Belong In The Sun (Feat Lido)
Pepite – Music De Carnaval
Maryam Saleh – Noch Al Hamam
The Clash – Washington Bullets
Donnie – Do You Know?
79ers Gang – 79ers Bout to Blow
Milton Nacimento – Louva A Deus (BKCLX Remix)
Harvey Touch – Could Ever Happen
Local Natives – Dark Days
Vanessa Da Mata – Nao Me Deixe So
Curtis Mayfield – Power To The People (Demo Version
Ron Basejam – Into My Life
Khruangbin – So We Wont Forget
Skinshape – Sua Alm A (Feat. D’Alma)
Grover Washington + Bill Withers – Just The 2 Of Us (Nick Bike Edit)
Connan Mockasin – I Wanna Roll With You (Gentle Dom Remix)
6lack + J Cole – Pretty Friday Morning (Jengi Edit)
Children of Zeus – No Sunshine Tomorrow
Jason Joshua + The Beholders – Poor Boy
The Altons – When You Go (That’s When You Know)
Mac Miller – Hand Me Downs
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Someone
Richard Swift – Dirty Jim
Bill Evans – Peace Piece


Sunday // June 7  2020 // Listen 

Curtis Mayfield – Power To The People (Demo Version)
Jason Joshua + The Beholders – Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
Lady Wray – Smiling
Jamiroquai – Emergency On Planet Earth
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover. (Happy B Day!)
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Pastor T.L Barrett + the Youth For Christ Choir
Willie Nelson – Uncloudy Day
Tall Black Guy – We Rollin For You
Mac Ayres – America! I’m For The Birds
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend (Happy Birthday!)
Mass Influence – A Yo! Atlanta Ya On (Instrumental)
Otis Redding – Cigarettes and Coffee
Mac Miller – Right
Jay Z – The Story Of OJ
Cassowary – Starlight
Bobbi Humphrey – Blacks and Blues
Cat Power – Sea Of Love
Gil Scott Heron – Save The Children
Dun: Crayon – Vicious Cycle
Natalie Slade – Sunday Morning
Frente Cumbiero – El Metodo de la Perdida
Prince – Joy In Repetition
Prince – I Feel For You
Prince – I Feel For You
Prince – Lady Cab Driver
Sheila E – Glamorous Life
The Time – Get It Up
Prince – Xtraloveable
N.E.R.D – Hypnotize U
Van Hunt – Out Of the Sky
Yellow Days – Love Is Everywhere
Pat Kalla and Le Super Mojo – Ballade De Nuit
Janet Jackson – Young Love (Funky Deps Edit)
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
DRAMA – Forever and a Day
The Elder Statesman – Trans Alpine Express
Phum Viphurit – Lover Boy
LA Priest – Beginning
Kowloon – Wake Up
Clubz – Pronto
Harvey Touch – The Wrong Mushroom
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Youssra El Hawary – Ghareeb An El Medina
Los Hermanos Armas – Cafe Mambo (Bigote Remix)
Khruangbin – So We Wont Forget
Djavan – Serrado
D’Angelo – Laaady (Tentendo Remix)
Franchise – Beba (Archi Edit)
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
James Brown – The Big Payback
Prince – Pop Life (Happy B Day!)
Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (Paul Mond Flip)

NMF ART 060620

It’s been a tough and challenging week at home watching the news and seeing what’s happening in the streets but every evening I make it a point to take care of my mind with music. Im still on the hunt for new sounds for my KCRW and KROQ shows. Here are a few that are recent releases. Hope you dig. Be safe! Listen to the Spotify playlist here to enjoy the full experience.

NMF 5.29.20

I think we can all say some new music can help take our minds off the world for a bit. I personally can feel the tension in the world and continue to find solace in sound. Ill be back on KCRW + KROQ this weekend so make sure to join me. In the mean time, here are some of my recent finds. For best listening experience, head over to Spotify. Be safe!


Fresh off last night’s get down on KROQ, had to lay down a new episode of personal favorites that collect dust in the record bins at home. This week we explore Ethiopia, Venezuela, South Korea, Brazil and around the world. Hope you enjoy! And Im back on KCRW for the next two weekends. Lets hang!

Vala FM: Tracklist 

Orquesta Epa – No Podrán Destuirme   | 1980 Venezuela
Smooth Operator 3000  – Chuva de Verato  Ben Esser – Promises (Paul Mond Remix)
Joao Donato – Manha de Carnaval. | 1965
Galcher Lustwerk – Cig Angel
Esta. – Lahai
Mid Air Thief – Crumbling Together  | South Korea
Arthur Russell – Answers Me
Deodato – Skatin | 1980
Eumir Deodato – Bebe | 1972
Peter CottonTale – Find You
Yves Tumor – Asteroid Blues
Matt Karmil – Smoke | UK
Free The Robots – Daku
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble – Sal Dos Ondas | Brazil
Sporting Life – Approach (Feat Nick Hakim)
Salami Rose Joe Louis – Rain Jacket Over Puddle
Menelik Wossenatchu – Tezeta   | Ethiopia  1971
Janius Paul – Ase
Injury Reserve – Jawbreaker (Instrumental)

This week’s set featured some favorites. Catch me Sunday nights on the World Famous KROQ playing music of the Latin Alternative. Ps.. Playing Manà had me emotional AF. Those guys deserved airplay on mainstream fm radio a long time.

Hour 1
Y La Bamba – Boca Llena
Kali Uchis – Tyrant
Katzù Oso – Secuestro Al Corazon
Still Woozy – Ipanema (Feat Omar Apollo + Elujay)
Chango Menas – Dias Negros
Buyepongo – Solo Yo
Ambar Lucid – Story To Tell
Cheo – No Quiero Ser Tu Amigo
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Brainstory – Mnemophobia
Ana Tijoux – Antifa Dance
El Pan Blanco – See U Again
Jessie Reyez – Intruder
La Chamba – Constelación
Inner Wave – Rose
Omar Apollo – Frio
Sumohair – Santa Lucia

Hour 2
Mana – Oye Mi Amor
Reyna Tropical – Como Fuego
Royaljag – 909
Jungle Fire – Atomica
Cuco – Feelings
Teo – Belong In The Sun (Feat Lido)
Chola Orange – Hot Cheeto Stains
The Altons – When You (That’s When You Know)
Quitapenas – Tranquilidad
Systema Solar – Quien Es El Patron
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Mexican Institute Od Sound – Dame Un Besito
Neon Indian – Toyota Man
Mon Laferte – Amárrame
Manu Chao – Claudestino

I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of anxiety in gettin this first episode to feel and sound right. Listening back felt good. That long exhale was truly lots of stress being pushed out of the body.

Here is hour 1 of last night’s ALTERNALITO on KROQ. Can’t wait to be back this Sunday night from 8-10pm!
Hour 1
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
Reyna Tropical – Dolor
Ana Tijoux – Mi Verdad
Cuco – Hydrocodene
Omar Apollo – Brakelights
Ozomatli – Eva
Y La Bamba – De Lejos
Nortec Collective – Olvidela Compa
Bomba Estereo – Fiesta
Ambar Lucid – Cambia
Inner Wave – Estrella
Plastina Mosh – Mr P Mosh
Boy Pablo – Dance, Baby!
Mexican Institute of Sound – Jalafe
Los Retros – Someone To Spend Time With
Manu Chao – Me Gusta

Hour 2
Brainstory – Beautiful Beauti
Mexican Institute Of Sound + Toy Selectah w. Kool AD

La Santa Cecilia – Nunca Mas
Jungle Fire – Comencemos (Let’s Start)
Rosalia – A Pale
Kinkny – Solo Tu
Girl Ultra – Dame Love (feat. Cuco)
Chico Mann – Dilo Como Yo
Devandra Barnhart – Santa Maria De Feira
Steady 45’s – So Long
Juana Molina – Cara De Espejo
Lido Pimienta – No Pude
Bruk Wine (feat. Soulfiya & Andre Da Tippa)
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Crawl
Cafe Tacvba – Futuro
Nick Hakim – Roller Skates

VFM 13

Fresh after last night’s KROQ’s debut of ALTERNALIDO, here’s a new home made mix of sounds to water your plants to. Hope you dig!

Vala FM : 013

Cassowary – Starlight
Nick Hakim – All These Instruments
Akira Kosemura – Komorebi
Onyx Collective – Manhattan
Mounika – Tender Love
Benny Sings – All We Do For Love
Floating Points – King Bromeliad
Jono McCleery – Before I Get Older
S. Maharba – Some Say
Jacaszek – Elegia
Nicolas Jaar – America, Im For The Birds
Nosaj Thing – U G (Les Sins Remix)
Mount Kimbie – Marilyn
Joomnji – Something Out Of Nothing


Back with another episode of Vala Fm and a big announcement in this episode!
Hope you enjoy!

Vala FM Tracklist: 012

Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (Mathew Law Edit) 
Matt Karmil – 210
Jono Mcleery – Before I Get Older
Ivan Lins – Abre Alas
Paul Mond – Sane
Frank Zappa – What’s the Ugliest Part Of Your Body? 
Lance Skiiiwalker with Nick Hakim – In The World 
The O’My’s – Lullaby
Arthur Russell – I Never Get Lonesome
Sleater Kinney – The Size Of Our Love 
Ty – Wait A Minute (Dwele Remix) 
Samiyam – Do What I Gotta Do 
Beastie Boys – Lighten Up 
Mac Miller – Right 
Lord Haiti – Altered Destiny 
Contour – Spring/Fall 
Submotion Orchestra – All Yours
Paul Cheery – Hello Again
Monsune – Jade
Nicola Cruz – Rio Branco


I’m not gonna lie, New Music Friday helps me remember what day it is. I also like finding new sounds. Here are some of my favorite new finds + current releases. Hope you dig! I’m back on KCRW this (and next weekend) from noon to 3pm so you might hear some of these sprinkled into the sets. You can also listen directly from Spotify. Enjoy + be safe!


It’s a new week and Im in the need of a good trip, so I figured for this week’s edition of Vala FM, we travel to Latin America and Africa with some of my favorite records. Hope you enjoy!

Vala FM Episode 11: Tracklist 

Boogaloo Assassins – No No No
Canario Y Su Grupo – Cortaron A Elena
Ruben Blades – Pedro Navaja
Black Rio Band – Cravo E Canela
Marco Valle and Azymuth – Não Tem Solução
Billy Hoyle – Tristeza E Solidao
Thalma De Freitas Maravihoso
Gnonnas Pedro – Yiri Yiri Boum
The Ogyatanaa Show Band – You Monopolise  Me
Cachao and Y Su Ritmo Caliente – Trombon Criollo
Sonora Dinamita – Eco En Stereo
Francis The Great – Look Up In the Sky
Julian Y Su Combo – Enyere Kumbara
Alejandro Duran – Cumbia Costena
Joe Bataan – Ordinary Guy
Zimbabwe Legit – Shadow’s Mix

Just wrapped up my set. Live streams give me anxiety to be honest. Technical glitches and not seeing your audience is challenging, but also liberating. I re-arranged my living room to make a set up proper for today’s session. Vashtie killed it with the old school jams and A-Trak, is just mo-f’kin A-Trak! Thanks to all who checked in and got down with us! That was truly fun. Thank you the sis Jasmine Solano and Patrick for making this happen.


Thanks for all the feedback. This was suppose to be a 5 episode passionate project but hearing first hand stories from folks affected by Covid-19 personally and financially, this has turned into a healing project for you and I both.  This week we travel to Brooklyn, Nigeria, Brasil, Stockholm and elsewhere.  I hope this mix eases your mind. If you need to take your mind off things this Saturday,  I’m also excited about joining Vashtie, A-Trak and friends for this amazing live stream!

Be safe!

Vala FM: Episode 010 | Tracklist 

Somni – Evergreen
Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know
Jonti – NY Ghosts II
Monika and Cavetown – Cut My Hair
Beastie Boys – I don’t Know
Baths – Wistful
Tabansi Studio Band – Aka Hi Ego Ga Anu Nwan
Thundercat – Fair Chance (feat Ty Dolla Sign + Lil B)
Jameal Dean – Omi Eje Ota
Jon Hassell – Toucan Ocean
Esther Phillips – That’s Alright With Me
DKVPZ – Lunar
Yussef Days – For My Ladies
Axel Boman – Eyes Of Mind
Carlos Nino + Miguel Atwood Ferguson
The Comet Is Coming


Influence: The Infamous
“Samples + Connecting of dots”

Grant Green – Maybe Tomorrow
Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst.
Dilated Peoples – Worst Comes To Worst
Barry Harris Trio and Al Cohn – Skylark
Al Green – I Wish You Were Here
Nas – Represent
Esther Phillips- That’s All Right With Me
The Fatback Band – To Be With You
The Spinners – I’m Tired Of Giving
Normon Connors – Starship
Grover Washington Jr. – Black Frost
Less McCann – Benjamin
Herbie Hancock – Jessica
Quincy – Kitty With
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones
Brethren – Outside Love


Back with some favorites sitting in the record shelves at the Casa del Vala. Hope you and yours are safe and these mixes can help you through uncertain times.


Vala FM: Sounds For Plant Lovers
Episode 009

VBND – Trying To Forget
Overmono – Quadraluv
Reyna Tropical – Oro
Unlisted: I Wanna Listen to Frank Ocean with u 5 Million Times
808 State – Pacific 202
Eli Escobar – The Music
Ivan Ave – Triple Double Love
Gene Russell – Up Up And Away
Buena Vista Social Club – Black Chicken 37
Lil Silva – Always Wonder (feat Cautious Clay)
Meernaa – 10/9
Nancy Wilson – You Don’t Know How Glad I Am
Flako – Wolkenlos
Nicola Cruz – Rio Branco
Please Wait, Ta-Ku and Matt Mcwaters – Cold
The Lewis Express – Clap Your Hands
Uphigh Collective – Blend (Feat. Delvis)
Nu Guinea – Nova Napoli
Aroop Roy – Flecha De Fogo


Back with Episode 8. I truly hope you enjoy these mixes recorded from hope. My routines consist of dog walks and looking for new music to share. I wont be on KCRW for another two weeks so in the mean time, enjoy these episodes! Scroll down to check out more of Vala FM!

Vala FM: Sounds For Plant Lovers
Episode 008

Serengeti – Dennehy (RIP)
Para – Let. You Go
VHOOR – 2 Descendo
Somni – Unravel
Harvey Sutherland – Superego
Spencer. – Too Much
Myoboku – Cosaguapa
Emma-Jean Thackray – Movement
Ranil Y Su Conjunto – La Tuctuructia
Skinshape – Heartache
Daniel T – Kabaluere
Jonti – Bonus Harmony Song
Dwight Druick – George Porgy (Disco Version)
Foshe and Horatio Luna – Feels
Pierre Akendengue – Sesi
Barrie – Chinatown
Jon Lucien – Rashida
Nick Hakim – Qadir