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New works from Daedelus, Actress, Goldlink, Tom Misch, Kendrick Lamar and the lush driving sounds of Ecuador’s Nicola Cruz who just dropped one of my favorite EP’s of the year. We also hear fresh newness from Karavan (Lefto and Free The Robots) + a hot new single by JMSN (the string section gives me the chills every time!) .  Shout outs to Recordbreakin and NewLos for the new gems! These record labels stay hustling.  New episode of LOOPED is up at the bottom of this page! Whoop! Catch you next Monday night!


Daedelus – Early Hours
Le Vasco – Soleil Noir
Beressi – Floral
Actress – XX22RME
Kelvin Sholar – Orange Yellow
Tom Misch – Day 1 (Ephemeral (Feat. Carmody)
Lord Echo – The Sweet Meditation (Feat. Mara TK)
Frank Ocean – Chanel
Nicola Cruz – Danza De Vision


Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4
Godchild – Hesoclean
Steve Lacy – Moron
Goldlink – Kakmoe Freestyle
ASO – Reflections


Karavan – Love You
Karavan – Lebanon
Toro Y Moi – Cola
Rick Ross – Scientology
Chaz Bundick Meets The Matson 2 – A Search


Hank Crawford – Baby This Love I Have
Thor Rixon – Death Pt 1
A.Chal – Gazi
Jamiroquai – We Can Do It
Mike Gao – Ruthless Power (Feat. Duvv)
Bambooman – Kyrian


Xavier Omar – If This Love
Ukweli – Bejila (Feat. Ibeyi)
Joey Badass – Rockabye Baby (Feat. SchoolboyQ)
Dj Platurn – Coming’ Down (Feat. E Da Boss, Ammbush, Kicker Dixon and Ishtar)
Sleepy Eyes – Sleepstakes
The Elder Statesman – Montreal Sunrise (Feat. Lord Echo)
Wayne Snow – Cooler
Sinkane – U’huh


JSMN – Where Do U Go?
Mount Kimbie – We Go Home Together (Feat. James Blake)
James Blake – I Never Learned to Share
Arthur Verocai – No Boca Do Sol
Sampha – Kora Sings


Nick Hakim – Green Twins (Live)
Tagi and Steven Beatberg – N.T (Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Grate Lakes – Look At You
Nicola Cruz – Bruxo
Yaeji – New York 93
Susso – Mamadou


Roane Namauh – Street Player (Roane Zone Remix)
Steve Watson – Born To Boogie
Attitude – Love Me tonight (Kaytranada Breakdance Lesson)
Recordbreakin Ensemble – Pleasure Pain Disgo
Sage Caswell – Take A day Call Back LAter
Daisuke Tanabe – TXSMN
Graves – Stay Tough (feat. JMSN and Elhae)



World traveler, dj, record collector and nerd/techie LeFTO swings by the basement for a chat about his insight on music, sharing sounds and his personal journey as a record collector. His perspective on life and music is always interesting and I have always wanted to sit LeFTO down and pick his brain about a few topics. Hope you dig!

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As one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer, and affiliated with labels Brownswood, Blue Note, !K7 Records, Stones Throw and Jazzy Sport, this bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. He doesn’t wait for the next thing to land on his lap, actively seeking it out – just take a peek at his playlists on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussel which received compliments from Rough Trade Shops and Gilles Peterson.

However, don’t assume that he’s only working futuristic angles – no sir. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His passion for jazz resulted in a remix album for Blue Note which was well received by the community. Lefto is forever moving forward but always has an ear in the past. Famed for his gloriously eclectic DJ sets, he switches effortlessly between hip hop, funk, breaks, neck-snapping beats, future bass, South-American influences, bruk riddims and some wild African rhythms. He’s not only a deejay and producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his own nights in Gent in collaboration with Democrazy.

World renowned, LeFtO regularly blesses sound systems from Tokyo to Seoul and Singapore to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has been a resident deejay for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festivals since 2008 around the world. Camera under the arm, he is also one of the few deejays on this planet who can deejay somewhere and have a nice movie on the internet a couple hours later, with over 250 videos on YouTube and Vimeo, it’s very impressive. The travels resulted in the Worldwide Family Vol. 1 compilation on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings with partner in crime DJ Simbad in 2011. In 2012, he has put out two compilations, one for American brand 101Apparel and the other one for Universal Music.

One of my best investments is my camera. Life is short. I often wonder what my seeds might think when they look back at this blog. Im not really sure I keep a blog. Sure I love art, culture, changing tides in fashion and music but this is more than that.  This is a documentation of time and space. From everything I play on the radio to being allowed to have the freedom to do the things that I wish to do (i.e interviews, mixes, chats) and just capturing all that surrounds me.  It allows me to do things my way.  It’s not always the best way but its my creative hub to do the things that I feel get pushed aside.

When I look at these pics I am reminded of folks who took art into a direction that made them content at that time. I was in the right place at the right time to snap these shots of them in a certain place and they were okay with that. The trust between an artist and person with a camera is sacred.  I am grateful to be able to capture these musical movements with a radio show and a camera but I prefer to be on the front lines with camera in two, microphone on and ready to record.  I love to be in that space of creation. Being able to document it with a camera is exciting!  I encourage you to create your blog! Capture whats around you. Create a podcast!  Enjoy these snapshots! Let me know what you think!

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