Here are my favorite cuts of 2014! It’s been an amazing year playing all these incredible records and also building with a lot of these artists on my podcast. Big thanks to all the volunteers and behind the scenes folks who make this show into what it is! And a big thank you to all the folks worldwide who keep me company via social media and i real time! See you in 2015!
Statik Selektah – Slum Villain (Feat. Joey Bada$$)
Todd Terje – Preben Goes To Acapulco
Ty Dolla $Ign – Paranoid
Miles Bonny – She Was Design
Adrian Younge – Sirends
Hudson Mohawke – Chimes (Gammer Re edit)
Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Tufo – Teardrops (Massive Attack Cover)
Yamaneko – Noised In The Wave Wires Like Kissing The Sea
Dilated Peoples – Let Your Thoughts Fly Away
Schoolboy Q – Studio.
Dorian Concept – Ann River, MN
Axwell X Kenix – Never Found No One Like U (Will Rock Edit)
Liam Bailey – Stun Me
Mia Doi Todd – Menina, Amanha De Manha
Caribou – Our Love
Kendrick Lamar – I
Bonobo – Flashlight
Ray Lamontagne – Airwaves
The Paradise Bangkok Molam Internatinoal Band – Untitled
Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine (Daniel Crwford Remix)
Tinashe Feat. Schoolboy Q – 2 On
Swarvy – Dubious
Childish Gambino – Sober
Penthouse Penthouse – Let Me See That
D’Angelo And The Vanguard – Betray My Heart
Clap! Clap! – Ichnusa
Romeo Testa – With You
Tall Black Guy – I Digress
Snakeships – Days With You (Feat. Sinead Harnett)
J Cole – Apparently
Photay – No Sass
O.T. Genasis – Coco
Redinho – Playing With Fire
Jamil Zacharia – The Days Blur
The Roots – Act Too Abjo Refix
Daedulus – Onward
Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know
Les Sins – Talk About
Zhu – Faded (Lido Remix)
Octave Minds – Tapdance (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire
Thurz – Right Now
Pomo – On My Mind
Future Islands – Seasons (Badbadnotgood Edit)
Kassett Margo – Love Bites (LTGL Remix)
Christian Rich – Real Love
Little Dragon – Pretty Girls (Gold Fields Remix)
Alice Smith – Love Endeavor [Maurice Fulton Mix]
Jose James – U R The 1
Souls Of Mischeif – Time Stopped Ali Shaheed Muhammad Remix
Kindness – World Restart
Electric Wire Hustle – Bottom Line
SBTRKT – Problem (Solved)
Tony Allen – Moving On
Here we go! My TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014. Always a tough list to compile being I’m not fond of Top anything lists. My views always change and then I end up regretting or forgetting a title. An example being Liam Bailey’s Definitely Now album, which should have easily been in my Top 3. No question. But Im sitting in the airport and figured I have some time to do my annual justification of each record. Okay. Live from Terminal 1 Gate 11. Lets do this! Your feedback is welcomed! @AnthonyValadez.
Nick Hakim – Where Will We Go (Pt 1 and 2)
Okay, easily a cheater, 2 EP’s formed into an album. I had Nick Hakim on my podcast and we talked about this coming out at a full LP so technically this isn’t cheating. Maybe I am a bit biased being that I spent way too much time at dog parks and dealing with a few changes and these two EP’s where there and hit me in a way that music has not in a few years. It’s a journey with instrumentation on point. Nick’s voice is also a notable stand out that compliments the chords and guitar licks.
Fatima – Yellow Memories “Do Better“ was the first cut that hip to this record by blog darling Fatima. Fatima has been on my radar thanks in part to the UK support via radio and blog postings. But it was finally nice to hear a full LP from her in addition to remixes and singles. The album allowed the songstress to shine and show her depth from the villa-esque “Technology” to the playful “Biggest Joke Of All“
Majid Jordan- A Place Like This Another EP cheater. But hey! It’s so good! I mentioned these guys at the start of 2014 on WBUR’s Here And Now and was hoping that at some point the duo would get some stateside love. Still too early to tell but they rose to fame as featured on Drakes “Hold On, We’re Going Home“. It’s dark, soulful but the beats and sample flips are so on point!
Oceaan – The Oceaan EP/The Grip Following in the same steps as Majid Jordan w/ a twist of electronic blips, samples and chaos is Manchester’s Oceaan! Big thanks to Blah Blah Blah Science for passing me his work early on. Oceaan’s sounds at times become a little messy and somehow it’s perfectly mixed and easy on the ears. Think of a plane with massive turbulence then out of nowhere, easy sailing with a perfect landing. But not all tracks are this chaotic. Oceaan pieces it all together with his sultry falsetto. Peep below!
Les Sins – Michael I’m biased. Anything Toro Y Moi related gets automatic antvala love. But lets clear, Im also objective and really not that fond of putting an ably of 4 on the floor albums on this list. I can only tolerate so many minutes of boom boom boom boom before Im like “next”. Chaz Bundick aka Toro aka Les Sins masterfully adds the right amount of “umph” and synths to make it all work. But the track’s stand out single “Why” has been in my head nonstop upon first listening. And still my jam!
Silk Rhodes – Silk Rhodes
You know an amazing song based on if you can remember where you were when you first heard it. I can still recall getting this cut from PB Wolf and just hitting repeat about 19 times. When I heard the rest of the album not really sure of what to expect, well, it was a wrap! Musically all over the place. I dig that about this band! And how amazing is this video below?
Daedelus – The Light Brigade
When Daedelus drops a records I’m not sure if it’s going to be an electronic record that explores various bpm’s and time signatures. But being a fan of his work as “The Long Lost” it’s nice to hear him return to guitar driven ballads and the mellow mind state wit this album!
Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography
Having taken some time off with their own adventures, it was nice to see the super trio regroup for a releases on indie Rhymesayers. Dilated continued right where they left off. Content on point and the packaging was simply creative and well put together. If you have listened to my show or even live sets, odds are you might have heard “Let Your Thought’s Fly Away” somewhere tucked into the mix.
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba
Italian band “Clap! Clap! drop crazy dance floor heat, samples, in your face drums and bass on this. Just when you think you have this group figured out, in comes the slow melodies and ethnic chants that makes you think “is this a world album?” Clap! Clap! challenges me as a listener with this record.
Meshell Ndegeocello – Comet, Come to Me
Anything this woman drops is always music to my ears! Well, not everything but 90% of what she drops is flawless. Maybe 95%? Another example of an artist that you as a listener are never really sure of what you might get. This album is a bit of a return to “Bitter” and a few other recent releases. And how awesome is that Whodini cover of “Friends?”
It’s been fun holding down the turntables during First Fridays with some of the most incredible dj’s, bands and dancers coming through the doors of the Natural History Museum! Big thanks to all who came out and got down with us this past Friday night for our final First Fridays of the year!! But have no fear as the party continues with Summer Nights In the Garden! I’ll be back for a series of nights and you still get to explore the museum and have a ball! More info here.
Day Two was a little more hectic as we walked around and searched for some cool bands! NUVOtv Fam Bam was in full effect shooting scenes for a future episode exploring Austin on the music and locals front. First up was the amazing and angelic Ely Guerra at the House OfVans Mexico Showcase. Her presentation captivated the audience and was a much needed break from the madness on the streets. We then had a quick stop at Stubbs BBQ where I fell in love with the wing sauce! Moving on we hit up Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy Showcase where it was super loud. Tons of shredding, guitar solos and thrashing! Next up was Haven to see Banks who has easily become a Monday night KCRW favorite with the release of Warm Waters. The crowd was definitely feeling the set and vibes. I was equally impress with The Preatures who opened with a high energy set that reminded me a bit of the Yea Yea Yeah’s mixed with the official soundtrack of Footloose. Loved them! And last but not least another night with Machinedrum. This time it was a dj set. Big day ahead tomorrow! Check back for more snapshots!
Just waking up after a long night on the town and what a night! After a day of travel and meetings with the NUVO production crew I cruised around Austin and then found myself at AT&T’s Mobile Movement show featuring Reggie Watts, Sza, Machinedrum and Dj Shadow! The minute I saw these names on the bill I figured how impossible it might be to get in. Got in the badge line which circled around the block and within minutes I was in. That’s when that old SXSW badge magic began to kick in. Reggie Watts always blows me away with his comedic elements and soulful organic vocal made tunes. Top Dawg Entertainment’s latest signee Sza rocked the crowd with her melodic sounds while Machinedrum was impressive sonically! Dj Shadow, well, It’s DJ Shadow!!!
First things first, Happy 2014. A big thanks to the folks at Cana Rum Bar/213 Nightlife for making last night happen. My guest list was cut off and maxed out yesterday and I could not think of a more intimate setting than inside this wonderful venue that I call home on Thursday nights. If you were there then you saw my crazy 7 plus hour marathon mix that just about went into every musical direction I could think of. I wanted to snap more shots inside but the venue was so dam packed and I could not make my around. It was also great meeting lots of wonderful listeners of my radio show and podcast! Somehow when the cloud of smoke faded I found myself greeted by the morning day light sometime around 7 am. Great way to kick off 2014. Have a great year!
Super close to NYE! I’m looking forward to celebrating it with friends, new friends and family at Cana Rum Bar in DTLA. It’s intimate, cozy but known to house some of the best parties in LA on Thursday nights! 🙂 I’m breaking out all the party jams from across the musical spectrum. Cana is a member only venue but mention my name at the door or shoot me an email so I can confirm your spor in bringing in the new year with us! Indoor/Outdoor patio plus breakfast provided to those who can hang when the sun comes up!