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New footwork action via Al Fonts, Tek Lun + Iman Omari flipping Big Pun, Tom Misch teams up with Illa J and Bosq drops some cumbia flavor on his forthcoming album on Ubiquity.  Also new Eska, Jimmy Edgar, Kelela, Disclosure and more.  Hope you dig this week’s program.

ROY AYERS – Searching
WELDON IRVINE – Morning Sunrise (Al Fonts Edit)
JUSTO BETANCOURT – Pa’ Bravo Yo (Dengue Dengue Dengue!)
IMAN OMARI – It’s So Hard
FLAKO – Lonely Town Remix
SUZANNE KRAFT – Male Intuition (Blue Motel Edit)
TOM MISCH – Raise Your Hands (Feat. Illa J)


BOSQ – Cumbia En Bahia
NADASTROM – Two Extra Jacksons
MARK DE CLIVE LOWE – Nova Roda (Myele Manzanza Remix)
FULL CRATE – Special
STRAWBERRY JAM – Lot More Lovin’


ESKA – This Is How A Garden Grows
JIMMY EDGAR – Feel What It Is
MIEUX – Greek (We Sink Remix)
MILO MILLS – Skiesareopen
CLAP! CLAP! – Playfulness
DEXTER STORY – Eastern Prayer (Feat. Nia Andrews)


KELELA – Rewind
S3 – Movin’ On
PHAROAH SANDERS – Astral Traveling


RGRY – How Will I Know


MONTE BOOKER – May (Feat. Ravyn Lenae)
BROKE ONE – Chaos Engine
TEK.LUN – Where I Was Born


KID KOALA – Moon River (Studio Version)
MIGUEL – U R On My Mind (Feat. Blu)
SNAKEHIPS – All My Friends (Feat. Tinashe And Chance The Rapper)
UNNO – Walls
KNXWLEDGE – Onlijournitro


THALMA DE FREITAS – Maravilhoso (Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
HIATUS KAIYOTE – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk


A second podcast in week but with multiple brilliant minds covering ground on such topics as TIDAL, police brutality, Waco, Tech apps and silent meditation. I could not think of a better panel to discuss all these great topics with a sprinkle of humor that maybe 2% of you might get! But join in! Listen!

Shout outs to Novena Carmel, Zack Sekoff and Def Sound for joining me!


Here it is! The final show of 2013! Tons of favorites, slept on’s and recent digs from past years all compiled for Part 2. Did you listen to Part 1? It’s archived so go listen to it. Over 6 hours of gems for you to enjoy and say peace out to a great year of music! Hope you dig!


Switch Groov Exp – Spartacus
Hiatus Kaiyote – Nakamarra (Feat. Q Tip)
7 Days Of Funk – Let It Go
Joey Bada$$ – My Yout
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Dj Snake Remix)
Diggs Duke – Something In My Soul
Sly5thAve and The Club Casa Chamber Orchestra – Home
Jay Dee – Don’t Stop (Amin Payne Rework)
The Foreign Exchange – All The Kisses
Jose James – Sword +Gun (Falty DL Remix)
Sade – Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Remix)
Milosh – This Time
Miles Bonny – Tonight’s The Night (Kenny Dope Remix)


Chance The Rapper – Na Na (Feat. Action Bronson)
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Le Rhone
Yassin Bey – No Hay Nada Mas
James Blake – Retrograde
Flume and Chet Faker – What About Us
Childish Gambino – Pink Toes (Feat. Jhene Aiko)
Julien Dyne – December
JonWayne – Rap Robbery (Feat. Jeremiah Jae)
Andrew Ashong – Special
Peter Gabriel – They Do What They Are Told (Sweatson Klank Remix)
Noyce – Lucy (Lucy’s Song)


Sampha – With Out
Disclosure – January (Feat. Jamie Woon)
Joyce – Adela De Ogum (Psychemajik Remix)
L Louis – When I Make It
Oscar Key Sung – All I Could Do
Skin Town – The Ride
Dirg Gerner – What A Life
Ta-Ku – I Miss You
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man That Will Find You
Boyun – Bullet Proof Soul


Different Marks – Can’t Figure It Out (feat. Ben Westbeech)
Gagle – Good To Go
John Wizards – Friend
Lady6 – Shine On
Rachel Sweet – It’s So Different Here
Reva Devito – Should Have Known (Tall Black Guy Remix)
Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song
Tony Allen and Theo Parrish – Day Like This
Fulgeance – He Knows


Espacio – Cada Um Cada Um
Elvis Costello and The Roots – Cinco Minutos Con Vos (Karriem Riggins Remix)
Fatima – Circle
Roman GianArthur – i-69
Green Butter – Morning Green (Feat. Mini Smooth)
King Krule – Baby Blue
GDNA – Fall In Love
Maylee Todd – I Can’t Stand It
Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz
Moomin – The Story About You


Rihanna – Cake (Sweater Beats Remix)
Bird – The Whole World Knows
Four Tet – Unicorn
Stubborn Heart – Penetrate
Ryan Hemsworth – Yaeko Mitamura Is Lonely
Ben Fearce – What I MIght Do
Beyonce – Blow
Scoop Deville – Play At Your Own Risk
Kaytranada – Hot Jazzybelle
Owusu – Good Night





BEST OF 2013 PT 1

Here it is! Part One is now enjoyable on demand. Part Two’s playlist is up and possibly my greatest show ever in the history of being on radio! Hold tight for that stream. But this one was a great way to reflect back on all the releases that might be under the radar, above the radar, slept on’s and recent finds of old classics that got love on my show on Monday nights.  This one was super fun! Hope you dig!

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Fernando Gelbrard – Alevacolariea
Oscar Key Sung – Sure Things
Jeremih – 773 0 Love (Cashemere Cat Remix)
Disclosure – Latch (Feat. Sam Smith)
Seven Davis Jr – Leave A Message
Sly5thAve – Don’t Kill My Vibe
New Renaissance – Watermelon Man
Samuel And The Dragon – Rising Up (Slow Mix)
The Weeknd – Live For
Chance The Rapper – Everything’s Good
Roseaux – Missing You (Feat. Aloe Blacc)


King Krule – Neptune Estate
Nenah Cherry And The Thing – Dream Baby Dream
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
The Steoples – Even So
Toro Y Moi – Cola
Sango -Middle Of Things, Beautiful Wife (Feat. SPZRKT)
The Celestics – Charles Barkley
The Internet – Sunset (Feat. Yuna)


Lord Echo – Bohemian Idol
When Saints Go Machine – Iodein (Robin Hannibal Remix)
Pusha T – Numbers On the Board
Majid Jordan – Tea and Coffee
Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home
Souleance – Georgian Kiss
A Bossa Electrica – Nucelo Urbano
Busta Rhymes – Thank You (Feat. Q Tip)
Crayon – Give You Up (Darius Remix)


Le Sins – Grind
Rudimental – Spoon (Feat Mnek and Syron)
Todd Terje – Strandbar (Samba Version)
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Always
Computer Jay – Hardships (Feat. Orfeo)
The Robert Glasper Experiment – Calls (Feat. Jill Scott)
Salamm Remi – Making It HArd For Me (Feat. Corrine Bailey Rae)


Tall Black Guy – The Dark Streets
Reginald Omas Mamade IV – Do You
Thornato – Love your Neighbor
Jerome LOL – Tell You
Banks – Warm Water
Theophilus London – Rio (Feat. Menehan Street Band)


Brandy – Baby (Penthouse’d Remix)
Raleigh Richie – A Moor
MGMNT – Electric Feel (Gespleu Edit)
Dj Czarny and Tas – Dreaming At The Surface


Denetia and Sene – Casanova
Yasiin Bey – Auditorium (Feat. Slick Rick)
The Procussions – Virginia Wolf
Omar – Bully (Feat. Scratch Professor)
Dj Sun – Heart Seed (Feat. Leah Alvarez)
Tiny Hearts – Snow Cold
Jhene Aiko – The World
Yusef Latif – Love Theme From Spartacus

We do it again! Never a night like this where we just crush a party hard! KG Superstar joins me on the mic next Saturday night.  The amazing Liza Richardson rocks the turntables after!  Make sure to get there early. My set is from 8-10 pm then it’s off to The Sayers Club for more Saturday night fun! And its free to the community.  Make sure to swing through and say hi!  Hope to see you.


Wheeew! What a Sunday it was at UCLA for the Jazz Reggae Fest. The temperature was just right as folks began to enter for the long haul of great artists such as Grouch and Eligh, Jhene Aiko, Common, Santigold and has.  I kicked things off with an obvious Roy Ayers classic to kick off the festival. My man Thurz held down mic duties.  This is one of my favorites spots to play records at. Folks seriously move to just about anything!  Special appreciation to the folks who made this all happen and of course all the great folks who came out and brought some great energy to this year’s show! I managed to get some great shots. Hope you dig!




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Walked in just in time to catch Bun B of UGK doing Big Pimpin followed by Pusha T perform some Clipse classics and his verse on Mercy and then Kendrick Lamar rip through his catalogue of mixtapes before dropping verses from his Good Kid M.A.A.D City album.  It was a treat to hear him speak the day before with Elliot Wilson.  Texas Hip Hop shows are always fun when surrounded by the youth of the city. I managed to work my way in through the crowds and found a nice comfy spot only to find myself standing next to Austin Dj Chicken George. Small world!



Sometimes at SXSW you just have to be at the right place at the right time. I found myself in line with some great folks who provided optimism of getting into the free exclusive Depeche Mode show at Brazos Hall in Austin.  In support of the new DM album, the band held an awesome chat a few days back at the Convention Center discussing the history of the band as well as personal reflections of standing the test of time. It blew my mind!
But to watch the band perform new songs off the new record as well as a couple classics was absolute heaven! Peep pics!

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I intend on hitting SXSW as a person documenting the madness. But along the way I get these dj gigs. So Im packing all my camera and Serato gear into separate bags.  The minute I touch down I gotta fly to the Blah Blah Blah Science Party and rock a short set then head to the official KCRW jump off’s right after.  Im also playing all night Saturday at the Direct TV/Guitar Center Jump off at The Rattle Inn.  I’ve already lined up a few artists that Im excited about for the blog!  So make sure to follow me on instagram, twitter and the blog for updates!  Below are a few of the shows and panels ‘Im excited about!


:: Shows Im Excited to see! ::

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2012 was my second year at the Austin music festival and by then I had already become a pro at finding my way around town, finding cheap hotels, escape routes after hours from the traffic and where to eat. This year Im gearing up for my 3rd year at the festival and excited to blog and document all the madness for KCRW. I find it easy to plan lightly every morning via the schedule and just float like the breeze. Allow changes, sit in on music panels during the day and always, ALWAYS recharge at the Convention Center!  And purchase a music badge! Ive met so many artists, movers and shakers who avoid picking up a badge and complain how the festival sucked. The music badge gets you into events, avoid lines, receive a booklet with ALL the shows and guarantees you an amazing experience! Otherwise your stuck on 6th Street  or local bars. Not that anything is wrong with 6th Street! I find some great bands playing there but just trust me!  Purchase your badge here.

I was randomly searching through my pictures of last year’s pictures and found so many cool photos in my instagram feed. Das Racist, Miles Bonny, Theophilus London, Mobb Deep, Nardwaur, some toothless chola who offered me vices of my choice, Sonnymoon, The Stepkids, Homeboy Sandman , Fiona Apple and J Sole all popped up. I try to explain to friends that I approach SXSW as an adventurer and as a music fan. Id much rather bypass the smoozing and business card exchange in the VIP lounge for some live shows, loud guitars and photo snapping. It’s like that movie “Almost Famous” but on steroids.  If your out there I’d love to see you!  Give me a hollar!  Email is below!


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It’s the 16 song/15 minute playlist as aired on KCRW this past NYE. I have had a couple of requests in my inbox for a download of the mix. Your wish is my command! If you were not with us at the Viceroy then man you missed a party! Peep the pics. But if you were at home listening to these 1/2 time gems then odds are you  probably had the cops knocking on your door telling you to turn it down!  And yes, that Rick Ross verse is heat!  Enjoy!

Jeedo – Hood Tech
Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut
Rick Ross – Cake Freestyle
TNGHT – Higher Ground
Digi G’Alessio – Mike Tyson
Ta-Ku – Hustle
Kenoe – Beez In The Trap (Instrumental)
Santigold – Unstoppable
The Weeknd – High For This
Machine Drum – U Don’t Survive
Camp Lo – Luchini (The Stuyvesants Remix)
Dadjes – Dadje Von O Von Non
Baur – Dum Dum
Sabo – Brooklyn Caribe
Artful Dodger – Please Don’t Turn Me On (Disclosure Remix)
Jessie Ware – No To Love (Todd Edwards Remix)

NYE is around the corner! Im stoked to be back at The Viceroy to bring in the New Year! Im hoping you might join us for what just might wake up the city of Santa Monica. Actually with this line up Im looking forward to shaking the city with fellow KCRW Dj’s Jason Bentley and Valida! 2 Rooms/Areas, good folks and an incredible venue. Info here.  All FAQ with details are here.


The Black and White Ball

Honoring 10 Years at Viceroy Santa Monica

Ring in the new year with Viceroy Santa Monica, featuring a premium hosted bar and decadent hor d’eurves from Whist’s Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo. Dance into 2013 with Los Angeles’ top DJs spinning poolside. Countdown to an exciting 2013 at the hottest New Year’s Eve celebration in Santa Monica. Purchase your ticket early. Event sells out every year. Presale tickets available until December 21, 2012.

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Jason Bentley
Jason Bentley is Music Director of NPR flagship KCRW in Santa Monica and host of their signature music program Morning Becomes Eclectic. An influential tastemaker here in Southern California and around the globe, Jason will ring in the new year at The Viceroy with a distinctive set of dance grooves and timeless favorites. Join us to celebrate the best of times with a soundtrack provided by a defining figure in the best new music and culture today.


Anthony Valadez
Los Angeles based Dee Jay Anthony Valadez has traveled the world doing what he loves most, sharing music. From Paris to London, Argentina to Panama, Shanghai to Rotterdam, Valadez has done just that on the turntables touring the world and sharing the stage with the likes of Sly StoneVan HuntLittle DragonRoy AyersTony AllenDj ShadowZap MamaBen HarperCut Chemist, Mix Master Mike, Dj Spinna, Kool Herc and and countless others.


Valida founded her first club night in LA in 2001 and was dubbed by as “one of the most important figures in L.A.’s nightlife scene” by 2006. Her worldliness is reflected in her varied music selections, a seamless blend of everything imaginable. She continues to tour the world as a DJ, including gigs in Paris, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Tokyo, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Barbados, and her native Bosnia.