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New favorites in this week’s KCRW mix including gems from Buddy, Fleet Foxes, Vince Staples, Serpentwithfeet, Sibisule Xaba, Kevin Morby and Terrrace Martin’s new get get down with The Pollyseeds! Hope you dig! Catch you next Monday night!

Dj Harrison – Kalimba Tale
Recordbreakin Ensemble – Brazil (Remix)
Fleet Foxes – Naiads, Cassadies
Slum Village – Players (Instrumental)
Abumba Masinki – Magali Ya Kinshasa
Showbiz and AG – Live With Show And A
Swell – Self Control (Frank Ocean Rework)


Seu Jorge – Babydoll
Buddy – Find Me
Cody ChesnuTT – Always Sebrena
Serpentwithfeet – Penance
Galimatias – Let Me Know
Washed Out – Hard to Say Goodbye
Mike City – I Rock Wit U (Feat. Dwele)
Bonobo – Bambro Koyo Ganda


Sibisule Xaba – Open Letter To Adoniah
Chon – Berry Streets
Bryson Tiller – Self Made
Benjamin Booker – Truth Is Heavy
Marti Nikki and Dj Drez – Jai Sri Radhe
Ibeyi – Away Away


Nick Hakim – JP
Vince Staples – Rain Come Down
Miguel – The Girl With the Tattoo
Iman Omari – Move Too Fast
OP Bastards – If I Was Your Girlfriend


Jarami – Ensoniq
Kendrick Lamar – Lust
Odesza – Meridian
E Rule – Listen Up
Blanquio Man – Cumbia Sobre El Rio


Tim Hardin – It’ll Never Happen Again
Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now
Illa J – Home
Matthew Halsall – Into Forever
Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseeds – Intentions


Psymun – Confetti
Zack Villere – You Don’t Care
Zack Villere – Cool
Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover (Mantanee Commune Remix)
Omar – Gave My Heart (Jazzy Jeff Remix)
Harris Cole – Djemba Djemba (Positive Remix)


Philippe Edison – Handz On Ur Drum
Goldie – Tu Viens Avec Moi
Golide – Truth


The Black Ivy Quintent – The Stolen Moments



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It was kind of hard to top last week’s playlist but some nice heat rocks dropped on this week’s KCRW set courtesy of Daniel Crawford beautifully recreating Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun + newness from SG Lewis, Toro Y Moi, Vince Staples, Omar, Phoenix, Vic Mensa and more!


The Midnight Band – A Dollar Nine
Serpentwithfeet – Redemption
Daniel Crawford – Black Hole Sun (Thank You Chris)
Calvin Harris – Slide (Zikomo Remix)
SG Lewis – Times We Had (Ft. Toulouse)
Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1)
Jarreau Vandal – Someone That You Love (Tek.Lun Remix)
Da-P And The Mind – Ms. Communication (Ft. Sun)
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister – Sun


Toro Y Moi – Girl Like You
Vince Staples – Bagbak
Jorja Smith – Imperfect Circle
Omar – Gave My Heart Feat Leon Ware (Scratch Professer Remix)


Phoenix – Via Veneto
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Childish Gambino – The Night Me and Your Mama Met
XO – Dandelion Kids (End)
Pat Lok – You Street


Nick Hakim – Farmissplease
Gizmo – Lift Me Up (Feat. Nick Hakim)
Vic Mensa – OMG (Ft. Pusha T)
Illa J – Home
Thornato – El Oro De La Tolita (Feat. Taribo)


Cody Chestnutt – Have You Heard Anything From The Lord Today
Jarami – Fredonia Drive
Bonobo – Bambro Koyo Ganda (Feat. Innov Gnawa)
Marti Nikko & DJ Drez – Explorers Of Infinity (Ft. Eddie Young)
Hector Plimmer – Bossa B


Dave Baker – Glow Of Love
Danny Krivit – Runaway (Danny Krivit Edit – The Salsoul Orchestra)
Thornato – Welwyn (Ft. Harry Vanvagen)
Nick Walker – 11 Winter Girl Saint Francis
Miles Bonny – The Way (Feat. Shhor) [Tall Black Guy Remix]


Kondi Band – Thank You Mama
Koffie – Nachthengst
Seu Jorge – Babydoll
Leven Kali – Smile
Koffie – Hard Times (Ft. Benny Sings & Emiel Van Rijthoven)


Funky DL – Fall In Love
Emanon – She Thinks
Ian O’Brien – Days To Come

I hate these things. Especially when 2012 was a year of great albums! And most importantly, what generates a great album of the year? I base it on wether it that album can stand the test of time. Can I listen to it over and over? In the gym? In the car? At home? In the headphones? Does it move me? Does it sonically fit into what I might enjoy? I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in the car for various long drives and flights and have enjoyed these albums through out the test of time.

Not only was this past year an amazing year for music but a great year for self releases. 3 of the albums below were self releases. While a couple others were released on smaller labels. Im also happy to see the big label releases put out something strong and new.  Im kinda kicking myself in the ass by leaving out other amazing album such as releases from Michael Kiwanuka, The XX, Poolside, Robert GlasperZulu Guru and Domenico and many others, but these are the 10 stand out’s with out any doubts. Let me know yours!  I hope you dig!



Quantic w/ Alice Russell – Look Around The Corner 
I remember Bobbito Garcia telling me how the title track was in constant rotation in his head. He was right. I can’t tell you how many times this song remained in my head. I’ll Keep My Light In My Window was the song that sealed it for me. I think this track remained in rotation for almost a month on my radio show. Quantic always tends to lay down vintage instrumentation true to authentic sound, but with Alice Russell on vocals it becomes something special and timeless. Listen to her guest dj set here from a few years back!


Rainy Milo – Limey 
It might be an EP but it stands out among the many releases of 2012. Im looking forward to hearing more from this London vocalist. Limey captures a certain vibe with mellow vibes. I was hoping for somewhere on this EP to pick up the pace but in retrospect I realized that each song blends into the next and continues the tone. And Rainy Milo’s voice is something different and new!  Here is a taste!


From the States with oversea’s flavor from a 17 year old. About You is one of my top songs of 2012 coming in at about 40-50 bpm’s a minute.  It’s a clean electronic record that explore’s various time beat structures and sounds. Watch this incredible video directed by Vash for About You.


Me’shell Ndegeocello – Pur Une Ame Souveraine – A Dedication To Nina Simone
Sure you might think I am biased with Me’shell. After Bitter, Comfort Woman and The World Has Made Me Into The Man Of My Dreams and Weather, I really could not tell what direction Me’shell might head into.  But a series of Nina Simone cover’s and renditions feels right. Me’shell reworks these songs with her flavor. When I first heard Feelin Good I instantly put this song on repeat. It was haunting, moving and just hit me like a rock.


Cody ChesnuTT – Landing On A Hundred 
I never thought I would hear a well produced and high end quality Cody record, then again I never thought I’d hear another Cody record in general. Stand out tracks like What Kind Of Cool (Will We Think Of Next) continue on the conscience narrative where Cody left off with this 2002 debut.  But Chip Down (In No Landfill) is hands down my favorite song of 2012!


Frank Ocean – Channel Orange 
I had the pleasure of sitting in a studio with Chris Douridas and Frank Ocean listening to this album from start to finish. I remember everyone in the room being speechless. I live tweeted the listening with tons of quotable from the young singer/songwriter. Songs like Pyramids and Crack Rock instantly struck me. It’s an impressive and mature sounding record complete with interludes that take you on a journey.


Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes 
Fly Lo continues to explore time signatures and the marriage between beats and live instrumentation like no one’s business.  I could hit track 1 and let it play on repeat and enjoy the looped journey.  UTQC shows Fly Lo’s growth and fearless path of going into new directions. In many way’s this album is this generation’s Bitches Brew.  Quote me on that!  Listen to a young Fly Lo in 2006 as we sat down during my college years at KCSN to talk about the beat scene, his ambitions and inspirations.


Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
Melbourne’s answer to all things hip and soulful across the the world. If you listened to my radio show this year odds are you heard one of the amazing songs on it.  Nai Palm, vocalist of the band, is a force to be reckoned with!  She recently recorded a live session in my living room which just sent shivers down my spine.  At times there are some amazing short pieces that I wish were longer but then BAM! You get hit with Mobius Streak or Nakamarra that just melt your heart to pieces.


Ana Tijoux – La Bala
Some folks can tell you where they were when JFK was assassinated. Some even remember where they were when Pearl Harbor occurred. I can tell you exactly where I was when I put La Bala into my cd player in my car.  I was stuck on the 10 heading to the Natural History Museum for a gig. Every song had blended into the next. Ana killed ever line! Every kick and snare hit hard. The mix was special! The soul was present. It was part world, soul, electronic, latin and hip hop. It was everything I loved in and from music but with attitude and delivered with ease.


Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid: m.AA.d City 
It’s been a minute if not years that I could pop in a hip hop album and listen to its entirety, let alone beyond the first verse. After giving this album several lessons I had come to the conclusion that this album is the equivalent of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda. This record has layers, levels and hidden worlds.  Songs exist in songs. The Art of Peer Pressure reminds me of Massive Attacks’s Blue Lines while Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst is easily the best hip hop song possibly of the past 10 years.  And just when you think a club banger like Backseat Freestyle is about to get fun and dumb, Kendrick changes up his pitch and vocal range keeping the listener on edge. Its an absolute journey from start to finish. And big kudos for the addition of Sonnymoon’s Anna Wise on Real and Just Blaze for the amazing production on Compton!


Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting
I spent countless hours attempting to make a record that sonically captured where I was at at that moment in my life. I attempted to create a body of music that was worthy of the amazing vocalist and musicians who lent their talents to this album. At times I thought I was a weirdo going into different directions but i had a vision in mind and looking back and listening to the album has me very proud. It’s a solid album!

Keep in mind, when he recorded “The Headphone Masterpiece” he had very little of a budget and had recorded the entire project in a bedroom.  At the time I was on air at KCSN and went to his house to talk music and got a tour of the bedroom which consisted of amps, keyboards, a microphone stand and a bed.  The Headphone Masterpiece was some of the most incredible sounds and melodies I have ever heard complete with bad recording quality, door slams, airplanes and out takes all mixed into this opus! It was magic of the moment!  So now the brother a little more shine, a Kickstarter to help fund the project and back after a hiatus from music.  I was not sure what to expect with this new project.

 I popped the cd into the car and drove. And for the next hour I was amazed! I don’t think one cant help but compare Cody’s vocals to Marvin. You just cant help it. They both channel the celebration of life and love.  Some of these songs have been floating around the internet but it’s nice to see them into solid song format with the addition of drums and various other instruments!  Most of the songs were recorded in either Germany or in Nashville. Cody takes us back to church and is still as playful as ever with his vocals. Landing On a Hundred drops October 30th and he is currently doing some shows in support!


I had this record sitting in the pile of new music and just opened the package and bam! New Meshell, Souljazz Orchestra, and Larry Graham feat. Prince! Looks like I might have to spend the day listening to these great new releases.  But today is all Meshell covering Nina. I heard a teaser of “To Be Young, Gifet and Black” featuring Cody ChesnuTT and could not wait to hear
the rest of the album. The opening track is Nina’s “Please Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood” which Meshell covers gracefully from start to finish.  The album maintains an over all soothing and chill pace of acoustic guitars and balance harmonies that do absolute justice to the legacy and sounds of Nina Simone.

“Feeling Good” does a great job of working it’s way into your soul though. Meshell works her haunting layered harmonies into this Nina classic.  This is the perfect album to say goodbye to the Summer and welcome Fall. The album features Lizz Wright, Sinead O’Connor, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae and Toshi Reagon.  The full length drops October 8th on Naive.

I remember hearing Headpphone Masterpiece and falling in total love of the melodies, the chord progressions and the raw quality of the cd.  At the time it was hard to find but I began opening for Cody around LA and got my hands on his cd and would constantly play his music at KCSN at the time.  I managed to get an interview with him and it was the most peaceful hour and a half of my life.  Sitting in his backyard and talking about God and the power of music.  We laughed and we talked about his recording process and I was mainly excited to see the bedroom where he had recorded this amazing album that has kind of taken on a bit of cult status among music lovers. There lied a giant mattress next to an old piano, amps, cables and his recording gear.  As a music journalist I was excited, but as a music fan I was giddy.

 A lot has changed for Cody but Im happy to see this brother grow and still making music. He is one of the most sincere and genuine voices of our time.  Maybe we threw on the expectations onto someone who didnt want them? Maybe he just wanted to do things his way? Cody is doing things his way and even has a kickstarter page to help with his latest project.  As I watched the documentary on Rodriguez I could not help but to think about Cody and his slept on brilliance. Peep the new video below to get a taste of whats to come!