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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




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!


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


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 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!

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 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

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Had a blast brining in my 42 year on Earth on air this weekend. Pulled a few new gems into the set but also a few from the crates to help bolster the mood into something foot tapping and energetic. New Jake Sherman, Natalie Slade, Omar Apollo and our girl Ambar Lucid just dropped an amazing project! Also feeling this new Nils Frahm album to help ease me through the series of events we call life. Hope you enjoy! I’m back in a couple of weeks on KCRW but new episodes of VALA FM coming up!


Saturday April 11th | Listen

Yasuko Agawa – It’s My House
Minnie Riperton – All This Love I Have For You (Young Pulse Edit)
A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
Poolside w/ Fatnotronic – Esperar Pra Ver
Little Dragon – Rush
Jake Sherman – Jaja
Natalie Slade – Love Light
Ranil – Cumbia En Tu Soledad
Omar Apollo – Imagine U
Kenny Rogers – All I Ever Need Is You
Brandy – Sitting Up In My Room (Dru Dru Edit)
HER Songs – 4 AM Disco
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – C Slide
Elmer Bernstein – April In Paris
Amber Lucid – Cuando
Los Sop – Extende Tus Brazos
The JB’s – Get Up Off That Thing
Harvey Sutherland – Superego
Thundercat – Funny Thing
Jessie Reyez – Intruders
King Krule – Alone Omen 3
Bruno Major – Old Fashioned
Mac Miller Woods
Nils Frahm – First Defeat
Chicano Batman – Pink Elephant
El Michels Affair – Tearz
Liam Bailey – Please Love Me
Q Tip – Life Is Better (Feat. Norah Jones)
Nate Smith – If Love Wont, Can We Forgive Ourselves (Feat. Van Hunt)
Van Hunt – Character
Adrian Younge w/ Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Nao Saia Da Praca
Olivier St. Louis – Runnin’ Wild
Joni Mitchell – Chelsea Morning
Bill Withers – Heartbreak Road
Sly And The Family Stone – Everybody Is a Star
Ivan Ave – Nu Path
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Sweet Thing
Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love (Edit)
Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong (Dju Edit)
Voodoocuts – Vibrations
Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Ahmed Sirour Remix)
Willie Colon – La Murga
J Balvin and Bad Bunny – La Cancion
Ana Mazzotti – Feel Like Makin’ Love
Raveena – Heartbeat
J Dilla – Don’t Cry
Duendita – One Of One
Laneous – Modern Romance
Frank Ocean – Godspeed
Son Little – Never Give Up
Brainstory – Cover It Up
Foshe and Horatio Luna – Feels


Sunday April 12 | Listen 

Common – Resurrection
Kenny Rogers – All I Ever Need Is You
Joao Gilberto – Tin Tin Por Tin Tin
Pat Rhoden – Livin For The City
Foster Sylvers – Misdemeanor
Little Dragon – Every Rain
Eddie Harris – Inside You
Childish Gambino – Sober
Yusek – Do Beijo
Acidslop – Lament for The Sky
Mahalia – Simmer (NAO Remix)
Bill Withers – Just The Two Of Us (Franchise Edit)
Chicano Batman – Pink Elephant
Ranil – Las Olados
Radiohead – Reckoner Z
Goldlink – Some Girls (feat Steve Lacy)
Toro Y Moi – Campo
Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
Nick Hakim – Qadir
Cleo Sol – Young Love
William Bell – I Forgot to Be Your Lover
El Michels Affair – Enfant (Feat The Shacks)
The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You
Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph (Instrumental)
Myoboku – WTF Cafe
Natalie Slade – Humidity
Hiatus Kaiyote – Nakamara (Feat. Q Tip)
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum (Hootie Remix)
Khruangbin x Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (Nick Bike Edit)
Ambar Lucid – The Garden Song
Gagle – Good To Go
Jessie Reyes – Far Away
Kool and the Gang – Summer Madness (Bossa Edit)
Bobby Caldwell – What You don’t Do For Love (Edit)
Y’skid – Sucker for Love
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Wind Surf
Mac Miller – Good News
Mac Miller – Circles
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Jon Bap – Don’t Run Into the Sun So Quick
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Celia Cruz – La Vida Es Un Carnaval
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely (Young Pulse Edit)
Chaka Khan – I Know You, I Love You
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
Cherelle – I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On
Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This
Los Exagerados – Panama Esta Bueno
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around
Bill Evans – Peace Piece








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I’ve done this gig hundreds of times. Being on air during the passing of Kobe and Nipsey, the fires in SoCal, the passing of my estranger mother, break ups, etc etc. But nothing could prepare me for the emotional weight under the current circumstances of the world and fresh off the loss of Bill Withers. I asked listeners to connect with me in real time on social media. The heaviness of messages, support and human emotions that tsunami’d through my inbox was humbling.  Grateful for all of you.

Saturday | April 4 | Listen 

Bill Withers – My Imagination
Amber Mark – Heart Shaped Box
Mac Miller – Circles
HER Songs – 4 AM
Jon Brion – Theme
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Forest Law – Vox Baixo
Phenomenal Handclap Band – Do What You Like
Trammps – Rubber Band (Jim Sharp Edit)
O’Donel Levy – People Make The World Go Round
Minnie Ripperton x Tribe Called Quest – Check Minnie’s Love
El Buho and Barda – Hornero
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Bruna Mendez – Corpo Miragem
Aldorande – Summer Body
Eric B And Rakim – Paid And Full
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Stevie Wonder – Hey Love
Braxton Cook – Aries
Holy Hive – Broom
Adrian Young + Ali Shaheed Muhammad – No Saia Da Praca
James Alexander Bright
Olivier St. Louis
Full Crate – Pump Up The Jam
Full Crate – Getaway
Super Combo – Moin Domi Derho
Kaytranada – If
DRAMA – Billy
The Joubert Singers – That’s How We Work
Whitfield Brothers – Let It Whip
Duendita – One Of One
Bill Withers – Make A Smile For Me
James Blake – I’ll Come Too
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – Midnight
Meshell Ndegeocello – Oysters
Little Dragon – Every Rain
Nonku Phiri – Sifo
Super Elcados – How Much I Love You
Hiatus Kaiyote – The World It Softly Lulls
Cleo Sol – Rewind
Contact Field Orchestra – Les Shamans Prosthetics
Nick Hakim – Qadir
El Michels Affair – Enfant
Joao Gilberto – Triste
Suff Daddy – On My Mind
Donny Hathaway – Jealous Guy (Paul Nice Flip)
Jay Z – Hard Knock Life
Bill Withers – You
Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands
Blackstreet x Quantic – No Diggity
Nightmares On Wax – 195 LBS
Thundercat – Black Quails



Sunday | April 5 | Listen

Shirley Finney – Lovely Day, Just A Little Talk With Jesus
Tom Moulton – Love Don’t Come Easy (Pied Piper Reboot)
Tess Henley – La La Land
Peter Ivers – I’ve Seen Your Face Before
Chicano Batman – Color My Life
El Buho and Thornato – Sky City
Duendtia – One Of one
Nick Drake – Northern Sky
Sly and The Family Stone – Wishful Thinkin’
Nick Hakim – Qadir
Anderson Paak – Til It’s Over
Justice Der – Astrothunder
Mac Miller – Good News
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone
Benard Purdie – What’s Going On? Lovely Day
Bill Withers – Kissing My Love
J Balvin and Bad Bunny – La Cancion (King Most Edit)
Dj Numark – Our Generation
Yarbrough and Peoples – Don’t Stop the Music
Flowervillain – Earf
Son Little – Hey Rose
Yaeji – When I Grow Up
Gorgon City – Nobody (Feat. DRAMA)
Doja Cat – Say So (Nick Bike Edit)
Father M.C – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Feat Jodeci)
Adolfo Echeverria – Sabrosa Bacalao
M.Ward – Migration Of Souls
The Isley Brothers – Who’s That Lady
Los Miticos Del Ritmo – Hotline Bling
Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Edit)
Snoh Aalegra – Nothing Burns Like The Cold (Feat. Vince Staples)
Toro Y Moi – Lilly
Miles Davis – So What
Frank Ocean – Cayendo
Jerry Paper – Puppeteer
Holy Hive – Blue Light
Cleo Sol – Young Love
Bosco – Champagne
Bruna Mendez – Imagem Em Mim
Van Hunt – Out Of the Sky
Prince – Pop Life
Syreeta – I Love Every Little Thing About You
The Soul Rebels Brass Band – Lovely Day
Bill Withers and Studio Rio – Loverly Day
Robert Roena y Su Apollo Band – Que Se Sepa
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots


Here are some clips sent in from listeners in their listening environments.

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It’s #NewMusicFriday (Thanks Tay for the kick in the butt) and it’s been a tough day (RIP Bill Withers) and a tough month (RIP Sanity), but the music continues to find it’s way into people’s ears and hearts. I’m curious to hear what music will feel and sound like 4 months from now. Thundercat and Nick Hakim seemed to have tapped into the mood prior to all this. Listen to the full playlist here. Be safe!


Wasn’t sure how often I’d do this but got positive feedback. I truly hope this adds value to your everyday lives. Ive maintained routines which include yoga in the living room, reading, dog walks and still looking for new and exciting sounds. I’m positive we will come out of this better people. You can check out more of my mixes here. If you missed Episode 1, enjoy!


VALA FM 002 : Tracklist

Sounds for Plant lovers –
Kate Tempest – Hold Your Own
Build An Ark – Equipoise
Phillip Owusu – Good Night
Dj Rodgers – If You Didn’t Love Me
Eunice Collins – At The Hotel


Clever Austin – A5
Khruangbin – White Gloves
Furns – Sparks
Donald Byrd – Close Your Eyes and Look Within
Clammbon – Imaginary Folklore (Nujabes Edit)
Tevo Howard – Politics and Romance


Munchi – Madre No Llores
King Krule – Alone, Omen 3
Lex Amor – Pink
Allysha Joy – Orbit
Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa

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Coming to you from the home base of Venice Ca. Wont be back on KCRW till April but wanted to share some heartfelt gems. No up tempo club sets but rather hand picked records that I hope brighten up your vibe.  Would love your feedback! Hit me on email, lets check in. anthonyvaladez (@)


Sounds for Plant lovers –

Bruno Major – Like Someone in Love
Girma Hadgu – I Can’t Live With Out You
Minnie Ripperton- Les Fleur
Bobby Glenn – Sounds Like A Love Song
Willie Griffin – Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love
Takashi Yoshimatsu – The Age Of Birds Op 25-3
Toro Y Moi – Cola


Ty Dolla Sign w/ Thundercat – Fair Chance (Unreleased)
Mac Miller – Nothing For Nothing (Billy Preston Cover)
Kid Koala – Moon River (Studio Version)
Aretha Franklin – Didn’t I
Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) – Rouge Tree (Solo Version)
Jhene Aiko – Mirrors (Remix)
Massive Attack – Exchange


The Strokes – Ill Try Anything Once (Demo Version)
Thom Yorke – Dawn Chorus
Space Ghost – Color Waves
Chamos : Talk Too Much
Andres: Jungle Pain
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day


One of my go- to records as of late is Suite for Max Brown by Jeff Parker and the New Breed. Today I broke out the MPC and chopped up some of the  drums. There are so many open parts of this record to sample from. Thought I test out the dusty fingers and chop some breaks..  I believe it’s Makaya McCraven on drums. Shout outs to Intl’ Anthem.


Here we go! A new batch of positive gems to help me/you get through the day. How are you by the way? I’ve been hanging with my pup, reading the Death of WCW, listening to lots of NTS Radio, Dublab, MBE and various other stations. Also taking lots of cool pics.  Okay, hit play and peep some of my favorite gems that lift my spirit. Hope the lift yours.


Children Of Zeus – No Sunshine Tomorrow 

UK’s Children Of Zeus struck with this one some time ago but it always gives me the chills. Feels timely.



Bruna Mendez – Corpo Miragem 

Sultry, soulful and beautiful. Can not get enough of this clip + song.



Contour – Stop Trying to Be God (Travis Scott Cover) 

Hailing out of South Carolina, this kid is creating his own lane. I’m a fan. He has new music out but this cover of Travis Scott is all the vibes I need today.



Joe Arroyo – Rebellion 

I remember visiting Colombia late last year and hearing this record through out Bogotà. It’s always been a dance floor killer here in LA but to hear it in it’s roots powerful. This one never gets old.


Yusef Lateef – Love Theme From Spartacus 

I know children that were born and couples that had their first dance to this beautiful gem. I remember hitching a ride to San Diego with Carlos Niño to meet brother Lateef.  He was a true humble spirit.


Synths + strings type of night.. Still working on this potential EP. 8 songs in the can.
Derek Taylor, I need those drums tho!


5 songs

Jay Electronica x Jay Z x Khruangbin – A.P.I.D.T.A

This has always been one of my favorite Khruangbin cuts but to hear Jay Z recite his brilliance and Jay drop knowledge on this made my week. I might have played this over 100 times in my headphones



Kate Tempest – People’s Faces 

This album has been the soundtrack for optimism. It’s also giving me hope in the future. The pain + optimism in her voice is comforting.



Jhene Aiko – Born Tired 

Jhene delivers on her latest album and this one just seems fitting during the past few days with all the rain in Venice. I listened to this on repeat on the way to KCRW during a rainy Saturday and put me in such a great place spiritually.



Thundercat – Fair Chance (Feat. Ty Dolla Sign + Lil B) 

I appreciate Cat + Ty continue to pay homage to Mac. Circles is still one of my (if not the best) album of the year. Ty’s voice is growing too, maturing and nurturing.



Nils Frahm – The Shooting 

Off the Victoria soundtrack. Gives me the chills every time.





Had an awesome Friday at our weekly dance party below Townhouse at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice. Chicago’s Dos Santos was in the building and got the party started big time with their latin fused funk/jazz/psychedelic sounds. Shout outs to International Anthem for releasing quality sounds.