Real time Adventures // VALA FM



It’s been a minute but back with more sounds for plant lovers: radio recorded from home. When I first started this music series, it was recorded during a time of uncertainty and confusion, today, Im not sure where we stand with this pandemic or BLM movement, but Im grateful to help score you quarantine with music I’m happy sharing. It’s sounds you might hear on my KCRW or KROQ shows or neither. Hope you enjoy!


Infinite Bisous – Teen Version B
Whitney – Rain
Buena Puente La Playa Del Ritmo Canta
Aissa – Esto Es Por El Money
Flofilz – One4Winter
BlackDoe – Air
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou
Ace Roxwell – More Bounce To The Ounce (Remix)
J.Rocc x Flaunt Edwards – Take Me Baby
John Wizards – Jamieo
Stereolab – Baby Lulu Demo
Galaxy – Disco Funk
Fresh Bread – Coyotes (Live in Japan w/ Carlos Nino)
Frank Ocean – Blonde Theme (Instrumental)


It’s the best of Latin Alternative + music discovery Sunday nights from 8-10 pm on the World Famous KROQ! Los Retros continues to kill it with his latest amazing EP + gems from The Free Nationals, Yungatita, Tropa Magica and more! Ill be back this Sunday night and hope you might join me!


OC Hurricanes – My Love
Kali Uchis – Just A Stranger (feat Steve Lacy)
Karen y Los Remedios – Canario
QUITAPENAS – Campesino
Los Retros – The Messiah
Minyo Crusaders – Cumbia del Monte Fuji
Sotomayor – Cielo
Helado Negro – Lechuguilla
Junior Mesa – 3 AM
Ocote Soul Sounds – Primavera
Chicano Batman – Itotiani
Brainstory – Mnemophobia
Bostich+Fussible – Tengo La Voz

Free Nationals – Eternal Light
Buscabulla – Sono
Inner Wave – 1 4 2
Símon Mejía – Río Piedra
Mexican Institute of Sound – El Microfono
Katzù Oso – Secuestro Al Corazón
Pau Sotomayor – Somos Dos
Yungatita – Everyone Can See
Black Pumas – Old Man
La Santa Cecilia – Always Together
Ambar Lucid – Candy
MARINERO – Como Mariposas
Tropa Magica – Koopa-Cabras
Divino Niño – Quiero
Flamingosis – Brunch at the Bodega
Amantes Del Futuro – Cumbia Amarilla

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Last weekend was fun. Felt good breaking in new sounds from Ricky Reed, Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge, Spencer., Phony PPL, Nick Pagan + more. Hope you dig! Ill be on break for the next two weeks from KCRW but you can catch my Sunday night sets on KROQ from 8-10 in the mean time!

Saturday, July 4th // LISTEN

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Polo and Pan – Feel Good
Sault – Don’t Shoot (DB’s edit)
Burna Boy – Anybody
Kali Uchis – Angel
Talking Heads – Moon Rocks
Ron Basejam – Late Night Hunt
Jorja Smith – Rose Rouge
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (Matthew Law edit)
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul (Nick Bike edit)
The Whispers – Keep On Lovin’ Me
David Walters – Kyre Mwen
Arthur’s Landing – Love Dancing
Charlotte Dos Santos – Red Clay
St. Panther – These Days
The Dynamics – Move On Up
The Beatles – Reggae Rigby
Quantic – Time Is The Enemy
Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin & St. Panther – Real Magic
Manteca – Tremendo Boogalo
Toquino – Carolina Carol Bela (Ft. Jorge Bern)
Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day
Thundercat – Them Changes
Kool And The Gang – Summer Madness (Bossa edit)
Sly5thAve – Expatria (ft. Thalma De Freitas)
Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Spencer. – Maybe
Phony PPL – Somehow
Theophilus London, Devonte Hynes, Solange – Flying Overseas
Dijon – Sweet Thing
Hanni El Khatib – Dumb
Jerry Paper – Cholla
Clubz – Pronto
Khruangbin – Pelota
Kingdom of Kaffa – Dibo Di Bongo
Peter Cottontale – Hi 5
Kowloon – Wake Up
Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Ahmed Sirour Tribute remix)
Full Crate and Kyle Dion – Brandy
Snoh Aalegra – Whoa (Esentrick edit)
The Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale
George Benson – Love x Love (Young Pulse edit)
Doja Cat x Aaliyah – Say One Million (King Most edit)
Gap Band – Someday (Ron Basejam edit)
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Bachata edit)
Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted (Paul Mond & Tera Kora flip)
Wesley Bright & The Honeytones – Happiness
Nick Pagan – No Mames
Los Retros – Fruitful
Mac Miller – Everybody
Meshell N’Degeocello
Radiohead – Climbing Up The Walls (Fila Brazillia mix)
Zimbabwe Legit – Shadows Legitimate mix


Sunday, July 5th // LISTEN

Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin & St. Panther – Real Magic
Seu Jorge & Roge – Vem Me Salvar
Peter Cottontale – Find You (New Jerusalem)
Saucy Lady – Together (U Key Main mix)
Skinshape – The Place Upstream
Phony PPL – FKN Around (Ft. Megan Thee Stallion) (Cuppy remix)
Bosq – Mi Arizal (Ft. Dorkas)
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache (Grand Master Flash remix)
James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thang
Monte Booker – Baby (Ft. Ravyn Lenae)
Doja Cat – Say So (Nick Bike edit)
Tosca – Dr. Dings
Bad Bunny & J. Balvin – La Cancion (Bruno Borlone edit)
Angela Munoz & Adrian Younge – Feel The Same
Omar Apollo – Frio
Charles Bradley (Ft. Menahan Street Band) – The World Is Going Up In Flames
D’Angelo – Feel Like Makin’ Love
Free Nationals – Cut Me A Break (Instrumental)
One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
Khruangbin – Time (You And I)
L’Imperatrice – Voodoo
Sault – Don’t Shoot (DB’s edit)
Ray Barretto – Together
Nai Palm – Atoll
Natalie Slade – Humidity
The Temptations – Get Ready (adam Doubleyou’s ‘Teach Me’ edit)
Madlib – Young Warrior
Willie Bobo – Sunshine Superman
Quantic y Los Milicos – Hotline Bling
The Steady 45s – Sleepwalk
The Ohio Players – Funky Worm
Foreigner – Cold As Ice (Jim Sharp edit)
Wings – Arrow Through Me
Erykah Badu – Window Seat
Los Retros – The Messiah
Mononeon – Breathing While Black
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – The Healer
Otis Redding – Cigarettes & Coffee
Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Guy (Ft. The Mattison 2)
Femina – Brillando
Junior Mesa – Long Title
Rosalia & Travis Scott – TKN (Dju Dju edit)
La La – Morir Sonando
Ezra Collective – Footprints
Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free
Hanni El Khatib – Peace
Youssra El Hawary – Ghareeb An El Medina (Brenk Sinatra remix)
Blundetto & Chico Mann – Tengo Fe
Nils Frahm – A Place (Kalupke rework)
Epmd – You Gots To Chill
Mac Miller – Woods
Gal Costa – Teco Teco
Jazzanova – Summer Keeps On Passing Me (ft. Ben Westbeech)
Mamas Gun – You Make My Life A Better Place
Noname – Window (ft. Phoelix)
Farr – Bulletproof
Abstract Orchestra – Gobstopper

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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

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Last week’s batch of newness was so good I decided to pull a few but keep the new gems and addd a few more. This new Khruangbin is fire. Also feeling the latest from Los Retros, Toro Y Moi, Clubz remixed (one of my faves from Mexico). Salute to Noname and J.Cole for utilizing their crafts in having a conversation through their music. Still 2 of the best to do it. Hope you enjoy. For the best listening experience, check out the playlist here.


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)

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It’s been a tough and challenging week at home watching the news and seeing what’s happening in the streets but every evening I make it a point to take care of my mind with music. Im still on the hunt for new sounds for my KCRW and KROQ shows. Here are a few that are recent releases. Hope you dig. Be safe! Listen to the Spotify playlist here to enjoy the full experience.


Fresh off last night’s get down on KROQ, had to lay down a new episode of personal favorites that collect dust in the record bins at home. This week we explore Ethiopia, Venezuela, South Korea, Brazil and around the world. Hope you enjoy! And Im back on KCRW for the next two weekends. Lets hang!

Vala FM: Tracklist 

Orquesta Epa – No Podrán Destuirme   | 1980 Venezuela
Smooth Operator 3000  – Chuva de Verato  Ben Esser – Promises (Paul Mond Remix)
Joao Donato – Manha de Carnaval. | 1965
Galcher Lustwerk – Cig Angel
Esta. – Lahai
Mid Air Thief – Crumbling Together  | South Korea
Arthur Russell – Answers Me
Deodato – Skatin | 1980
Eumir Deodato – Bebe | 1972
Peter CottonTale – Find You
Yves Tumor – Asteroid Blues
Matt Karmil – Smoke | UK
Free The Robots – Daku
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble – Sal Dos Ondas | Brazil
Sporting Life – Approach (Feat Nick Hakim)
Salami Rose Joe Louis – Rain Jacket Over Puddle
Menelik Wossenatchu – Tezeta   | Ethiopia  1971
Janius Paul – Ase
Injury Reserve – Jawbreaker (Instrumental)

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


Back with another episode of Vala Fm and a big announcement in this episode!
Hope you enjoy!

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Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (Mathew Law Edit) 
Matt Karmil – 210
Jono Mcleery – Before I Get Older
Ivan Lins – Abre Alas
Paul Mond – Sane
Frank Zappa – What’s the Ugliest Part Of Your Body? 
Lance Skiiiwalker with Nick Hakim – In The World 
The O’My’s – Lullaby
Arthur Russell – I Never Get Lonesome
Sleater Kinney – The Size Of Our Love 
Ty – Wait A Minute (Dwele Remix) 
Samiyam – Do What I Gotta Do 
Beastie Boys – Lighten Up 
Mac Miller – Right 
Lord Haiti – Altered Destiny 
Contour – Spring/Fall 
Submotion Orchestra – All Yours
Paul Cheery – Hello Again
Monsune – Jade
Nicola Cruz – Rio Branco


Back with some favorites sitting in the record shelves at the Casa del Vala. Hope you and yours are safe and these mixes can help you through uncertain times.


Vala FM: Sounds For Plant Lovers
Episode 009

VBND – Trying To Forget
Overmono – Quadraluv
Reyna Tropical – Oro
Unlisted: I Wanna Listen to Frank Ocean with u 5 Million Times
808 State – Pacific 202
Eli Escobar – The Music
Ivan Ave – Triple Double Love
Gene Russell – Up Up And Away
Buena Vista Social Club – Black Chicken 37
Lil Silva – Always Wonder (feat Cautious Clay)
Meernaa – 10/9
Nancy Wilson – You Don’t Know How Glad I Am
Flako – Wolkenlos
Nicola Cruz – Rio Branco
Please Wait, Ta-Ku and Matt Mcwaters – Cold
The Lewis Express – Clap Your Hands
Uphigh Collective – Blend (Feat. Delvis)
Nu Guinea – Nova Napoli
Aroop Roy – Flecha De Fogo


After a short hiatus and busy with the KCRW sets, I’m back with Episode 7 of Valadez FM. In this hour set, we travel to Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Brooklyn, and around the world. Enjoy!

Tracklist: Vala FM Episode 007 

Somni – Shine
Suff Daddy – Pompette
Ivan Ave – Triple Double Love
Ace Hoshimoto – You Don’t Have To Call
Jeshi – Kiss The Flame
Mounika. – Im Sorry
Subito – E Tutto, Fino L’Ombra
Maribel Tarfur – Summer Dreams
Dj Mitsu The Beats – Ballistic
Erick Cosaque – Gaudelupe, Ile De Mes Amor
Jake Sherman – Day One
Nate Smith – Leaping: Believe
Blaque Dynamite – 2917 Fairmount St.
Dj Python – Te Conoci
Shirley Finney – Lovely Day Just A Little Talk with Jesus
24 Carat Black – Ghetto Misfortune’s Wealthy
Shintaro Sakamoto – Extremely Bad Man
Flowervillain – Earf






Hey all. Back with a Sunday pop up edition of VALA FM: Sounds for Plant Lovers. To be honest, I lost track of time and dates and thought it was Sunday but recorded on Saturday. The beauty of self isolation? Hope you are keeping safe in your confines. I put together this set with hopes of keeping you company for a little less than hour. And thanks to all who joined me during my Friday night IG edition of Quarantine Gardens.
Also – Make sure to check out previous episodes!

Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3

VALA FM FM 004: Tracklist

Shabaka and The Ancestors – Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable
Jay Electronica – The Never Ending Story
Contour – Distance
Phenomenal Handclap Band – Traveler’s Prayer
Tenderlonious – Maria
Onyx Collective – Where Or When (feat. Kesley Lu)
Nicola Cruz – Drom Tradisie
Michael White – The Blessing Song
Kristina Alcordo – Ride Or Die
The Quiet Ones – Ninguem
Manuel Darquart – Im Not Over You
Aura Safari – Rhythm Of Live
Theo Parrish – Carpet People Don’t Drink Steak Soda
Daedelus – Baba Yaga (Breathing Effect Remix)
Arthur Russel – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face


Hey friends + fam.

New Music Friday continues during such uncertain times but I truly hope all this music helps with a little escape. I just purged through old records to make way for new sounds. Listen directly via Spotify here. Canada comes in strong with the new PartyNextDoor and Jessie Reyez who has one of the freshest voices in music today. Also on the radar is new KNXWLEDGE w/ Anderson .Paak,  And don’t sleep on Cleo Sol. Her whole production on this new album is timeless.



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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Crazy times we I’ve in but the show must go on and the beat don’t stop. It’s New Music Friday to help keep us all sane and I couldn’t be more happier with my soundtrack. Normally I would be prepping for my weekend radio show and tonight’s gig but like Kanye once said “When you make plans, God laugh’s”.  Please hit me via email if you need to talk, chat. I’m here.

Slide into the dm’s/emails: anthonyvaladez (@)

New gems from the Mac Miller deluxe release, Kutmah delivers on All City and a reissue from Hiroshi Yoshimura. Also new Villagers, Louis Prince, Sam Gendel covers as classic and Onipa with the world vibes. And big hometown love to Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhannad’s new project titled “Jazz Is Dead“. Hope you dig. Listen directly here.



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.


New songs pulled from my recent KCRW set except for the Terrance Etc. cut. Peep below!


Terrance Etc. – Infinince or Infinity 

This song has been on repeat nonstop in my ear buds. From coffee runs to dog walks, on the road or while sitting in the steam room at the Y during work outs. Terrance has directed amazing videos and behind HBO’s Random Acts Of Flyness. And to hear his sonic offering has been a blessing to my ears.



DRAMA – Billy

An oldie but goodie. Got the chance to hang with them in Chicago while working on the Place In Sound podcast.  Now signed to Ghostly, we are witnessing their growth, but Billy will always have a home in my heart.


Hanni El Khatib – Stressy

With Hanni, you never know if your getting grit, soul or even something other. I love that about his music.  Wait Wait Wait still remains a favorite. This beat reminds me of 90’s Chemical Brothers. There are lots of things happening in this one song. I dig.


Thundercat – Dragonball Durag

The genius reigns supreme. Last night I played this song on KCRW and I wanted to figure out why I actually loved this song. Thundercat channels 70’s soul with 2040 lyrics. He connects worlds, but most importantly he’s having fun.


Ben Chandler – Sad Boy

Don’t know much about him, but I’m here for it!


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Gems from Belgium, Philly, South London and Queens. You can check out these artists on my weekend show on 89.9 FM in LA on KCRW or my various Spotify playlists which you can scroll down and find.





This new ep titled Madelyn from Belgium’s Jaguar Jaguar  has some sweet drum breaks and synths that touch on various genres and moods. The band spent some time in France away from civilization to record this new EP.  I dig.




South London continues to give us more under the radar – raw – singer songwriters that sound amazing. Inspired by Joni Mitchell, Marley and The Beatles, Cosmo’s utilization of the instrumentation is more of a blend of Liam Bailey meets King Krule. But in a very good way.




This one is a tear jerker. I first heard this and stopped everything I was doing. Played  it on my weekend radio show and again, stopped me. ALOHA is the new album and filled with feel good soul that can heal or help with the challenges of life. It’s honest, real and emotional, yet also a celebration of life. Philly artists always packages these elements together with grace.




Martha’s voice is chilling. If you get a chance check out “Fool”. Youtube won’t let me upload so, do yourself a favor, pull it up, grab the tissue and prepare for artist moody brilliance. Watch! 



This sultry songstress continues where she left off in keeping everything I loved about her last album, LUCID. MOONSTONE is her latest EP continues to keep me on my toes with what direction she may grow into. I’m a big fan of all her work and enjoy her evolution.

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Some new adds for this week’s playlist. It’s been a rather interesting weekend for me personally. Folks from my past resurfacing, a change of moods and battling a returning cold. Music helps us push forward, right? I’m challenging myself to set goals in addition to my physical work outs to help me get out of this funk. What works for you? Let me know.  Hope you enjoy these new adds.  Make sure to subscribe and you can listen directly on Spotify.



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Here we go! 5 artists with cuts that are freshly scraped from this weekend’s KCRW playlists. Every week I dig through record bins and the blogosphere to find something new and different. These artists carry that torch.



The return of the electronic producer known for his work with Hercules and Love Affair, Metronomy and others is back with a beautiful forthcoming LP. This single titled Illusion of Time stopped me in my tracks. It has hints of the Uncut Gems soundtrack but also has it’s own unique texture.


Phony PPL 

Been a fan for a minute then randomly stumbled into one of their shows last year at SXSW. Was a surprise to see them backing Megan Thee Stallion on NPR’s Tiny Desk late last year and I’m just super proud as a music fan to see their growth.




I know very very little about this artist but what I do know is his voice is all chills.  Out of Yorkshire, this amazing singer/songwriter opened for Billie Eilish during the European leg of her tour. I really hope this brother continues his amazing journey.



Tyler The Creator 

Fresh off his recent Grammy win for best rap album for IGOR, Tyler delivers what sounds to possibly something left off the album? Regardless, Best Interest is the jam! It’s got that soul sample element we all loved in early Kanye, the flip of the vocal speed at the start, the raspy verse of Tyler, the chord change we appreciate in Earfquake, and the subject seems to take us where we left off with Frank Ocean’s Self Control.




Melbourne continues to deliver top notch forward thinking soul. Self taught, dj/producer ACIDSLOP has such a unique grit that channels Fly Lo, day time disco and Sly Stone into one interesting body of work. Listen to more here.





Lots of new releases and finds in 2020 and only 14 days in. Don’t forget to follow my weekly Sonic Safari spotify playlists or keep tabs on my recent KCRW sets. In the mean time, here are a few stand outs found this week. More to come!



Just got hip to this creative out of North Carolina. Here’s a taste of Bedroom Hollywood. The minute I hit play on “The Kids” I got the shivers on my skin. Solid




Hailing out of Philly, this no over night success has been putting in work. Just popped up on my radar with his latest release titled Black Hole Rainbow which is produced from by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes/The War On Drugs).  It’s gritty, loose and feel good soul. The minute you hear Devon’s voice, you know you hit something special.




This iconic Brazilian singer/songwriter/producer has been in the game for over 50 years and at the age of 76 just released Cinzento which exemplifies his timeless ear for soulful sonics.


Devin Morrison 

I got to build with Devin Morrison last year and had no idea of his adventures and living in Japan. Recently featured on the recent Phonte solo album, I’m happy to see him continuing his journey and building his sound. Casper definitely sounds out of the box unable to label. I dig! And the layering of these harmonies!!



Mac Miller

This Thursday, Jan 17th is the release for Circles. The completed album by Jon Brion and a considered companion piece to Swimming.  I got tired of trying to convince folks who thought they had Mac figured out as another rapper. I mentioned his work with Thundercat, Fly Lo, Bilal + Little Dragon. I mentioned his ability to write actual songs with chord changes. I mentioned his ability to be a multi instrumentalist. This song is everything I tried to tell them.  And this video tho.



Honorable mention: STRETCH AND BOBBITO 

I mean, two of the biggest music lovers I know working with a full band (The M19’s) and covering some of the classics with heart and soul? C’mon!

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Here we go! 5 new favorites that crossed my path this weekend while browsing through my usual rabbit hole of finding new gems. From Baltimore to Brazil, Sydney to the Inland Empire, here’s what I found.


This video tho. I love the dynamics in this cut. Dijon has been on my radar for sometime but now, he’s in rotation. Insert hand clapping emoji here.



Natalie Slade

Her voice is like butter. Thanks to Si for passing this my way. Natalie should be on your radar. Worked with Simon from Hiatus Kaiyote and forthcoming album on Eglo in 2020! I’m sold on this Aussie talent.



In my head I thought MMYYKK was this vocalist from Philly, grown man on some grown man ish. Turns out his soundcloud account is full of gems and I think he’s young and from SoCal. The chord changes below tho. Fire.


Luedji Luna 

This voice. So strong, forceful and out of Brazil. I played this cut this weekend on KCRW and it just punched me in the gut. Good gibes coming from Luedji.




I went through the rabbit hole and found this amazing band. This trio hailing from Brazil are bringing something new to the table. More here.



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Here we go! 5 Artists with recent and timeless sounds that should be on your radar. I’ve been biking a lot more and these are the gems that are on repeat in the AirPods. Let’s kick this off, shall we?



Something Kaytranada minus the lo hi filters. An 8 person squad from Vermont. Who woulda thought? More here.



Heater here. Been playing this for some time on the radio. But Carsen has been on the grind since popping on my radar in 2018.



Something unique here. Video is dope too! Production is equally tight. Hailing out of London, former waiter with a love for ACDC and Guns N’ Roses.


Soft Glas

2-5 years from now this brother will be a house hold name. He seems to contribute or add production to just about every buzz record. He makes amazing videos too. More here.  BTW, here’s an old video but a testament to him being timeless.


Omar Apollo

He’s back with a brand new heater channeling our inner Bad Bunny. Fire tho!



Not only does this beat bump, but Brittany is dropping some serious knowledge on her experience as a bi-racial woman. I played this cut on Sunday’s KCRW show and almost lost my mind on the drums. Brittany is seriously pushing new ground outside of Alabama Shakes and I dig it.



Timing is everything. Give Daniela some time. I’m a fan of her sound and especially this video for Genesis. This Canadian singer/songwriter is creating her own lane utilizing Youtube and various other platforms as her creative outlet.



This new album is really hard to put into a box. One of the reasons why I appreciate it.



New release from Finneas. Thought this was some newcomer, did my research, and wow. Heavyweight! Lol. Still slaps tho!



Another heavyweight who should be on your radar. You have sung her hooks on classics but when she records on her solo material, she pushes boundaries with vocal loops, panning and just sonic goods.

Here we go! New week and new batch of favorites who have been on the grind for some time. You can listen to the cuts from last week’s KCRW sets here. But I wanted to give them some extra shine on the site. Hope you dig! Lets get down to this week’s 5!



I got hip to this band via Big Crown which has been one of my go to labels of 2019. The trio is from multiple parts of the US but sonically feel so connected with their passion for soul and folk.



My discovery of the band headed by David Loca came courtesy of Tyler The Creator who sampled part of their music for one of my favorite cuts of IGOR, Puppet. I searched from the original song and was blown away by Loca’s production and lazy sway of sounds. “It’s Alright With Me” sounds like it was pulled from the record bins from someone’s timeless 70’s record collection.



LA’s very own also part of the Big Crown family. I had the honor of hosting them for my City Beats music series and these are three of the most laid back artists I enjoyed talking music with. They know how to ride something and let it breath and groove but know when to twist it up into something special and different. Not an easy feast to do but similar in the vain of Hiatus Kaiyote.



This voice is so unique and special. I recently played Nostalgia on the air at KCRW and got the chills. Not sure if the warped sample, his voice or drum programming but it all mixes so well. Looking forward to hearing more of his work and collabs.



I was hesitant to putting Mac’s name on this list since he has already been getting lots of love on blogs and music sites but his music is just that dam good. I’ve gotten feedback that there are hints of a young D’Angelo or Smoky Robinson. He definitely has his own sound. LA, he’s coming to town in November!

So a bit more time on my hands these days. This gives me more time to search deeper and harder for my weekend radio show. Instead of relying on on the same music that gets serviced to myself and the million of radio dj’s, I take great pride in digging in record bins, blogs and folks creating master pieces at home. Behold, 5 artists I came across the truly move me and hopefully move you!



Fresh out of London with a unique voice. Hell N Back has been on rotation on my KCRW sets and he has received co-signs from Elton John and Skepta. Check out his debut release BadKid when you get a chance!



I just picked up this Charlottesville singer/songwriter’s latest EP “I Dont Wanna Lose” and instantly fell in love with the lazy notes and chords sprinkled into this beautiful project. Another gem in rotation during my KCRW sets. Check out her soundcloud when you get a chance.



Looking forward to linking with this London singer/songwriter while she is in LA. Her latest EP titled Sensitive Soul moves me every time. I can think of the last time a new artist has sent chills down my spine with such meaningful harmonies.



Heard this cut in my yoga class and can not get enough of FARR. This lovely cover does justice to its cover of La Roux’s classic. More gems courtesy of FARR’s soundcloud.



While browsing through my emails and music submissions, this gem stood out. TIMEE has the guitar swag of Mac Demarco or Steve Lacey with 90’s drum samples and trap vocal samples. Not an easy task to pull off. Stevan hails from Wollongong and at the age of 18 manages to pull off off songwriting/production on his own.

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Big ups to Penthouse Penthouse for this vinyl copy of the new Jefferson Park Boys LP! And hours before it’s release, the new Anderson Paak single somehow managed to work it’s way into my inbox! Also new SOSUPERSAM (heater!), Amber Mark, Towkio, Lakim, Zhu with Tame Impala, Cut Chemist, Little Dragon and Peggy Gou. I’m away for SXSW next week but enjoy this Pre SXSW mix!

Jefferson Park Boys – Gramercy Place
Jefferson Park Boys – Abadoned Camrys
Keys N Krates – Incio
Anderson .Paak – ‘Til It’s Over
JD Reid – Just Know (Ft. Henry Wu & Venna)
Black Milk – True Lies
Boerd – Blind
Francis & The Lights – Morning


Amber Mark – Love Me Right
Jose Roberto – Criola Multicolorida
In Love With A Ghost – Healing
Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back To Cali (J Rocc / J Dilla Motor City Blend)
Johnnie Taylor – You’re The Girl In The World
Towkio – 2 Da Moon (Ft. Grace Weber, Teddy Jackson)
Lakim – Nightfall


Zhu & Tame Impala – My Life
Kero Kero Bonito – Cinema
Aaron Childs – Tangerine (Channel Tres Remix)
Sza – The Weekend (B. Lewis X Rcade Remix)
Skin Town – Midnight Lover


SG Lewis – Aura
Miraa May – Benji
Cut Chemist – Home Away From Home (Ft. Laura Darlington)
Nosaj Thing – U G (Les Sins Remix)


Sosupersam – Drip
God.Damn.Chan – Supa Ugly
Jarreau Vandal X MR Carmack – James Joint (Rihanna Cover)
Little Dragon – Best Friends
Cashmere Cat – Victoria’s Veil


Peggy Gou – Han Jan
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye (Dan Kye Remix)
Flight Mode – It’s So Nice
G.Q. – Disco Night (Rock Freak)
Rhye – Taste (Mano Le Tough Remix)
Onyx Collective – Mambo Pancakes


Bootsy Collins – Worth My While (Ft. Kali Uchis)
Marta Kubišová – Tak Dej Se K Nam A Projdem Svet
Amber Olivier – Hey
Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down
DJ Taye – Truu (Ft. DJ Paypal)


Toshio Matsuura Group – L.M. II
Ryan Porter – Déjà vu
Kendrick Lamar – the Art of Peer Pressure
Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin
Wantigga – Meditation
Menahan Street Band – The Traitor


Penthouse Penthouse – Let Go (Feat. Carla & Love Logic)
Charlotte Day Wilson – Funeral
Gabriel-Garzon Montano – My Balloon
Femi Kuti – Corruption Na Stealing


Here we got! Recently I posted a complete list of all the artists I wanted to see at this year’s SXSW. I wanted to go deeper and actually share some of these artists that I think could have a nice buzz in 2018 and beyond. If you are out in Austin this year, let’s connect! Ill be around in search of the best coffee, tacos and also participating on the Co-Sign panel. Details here.


Anna Wise – Precious Possession
A.Chal – Love N Hennessy
Demo Taped – Not Enough
Suzi Wu – Speed
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye
Buddy – Find Me
Knox Fortune – Lil Thing
Stimulator Jones – Soon Never Comes
BLVCK SPVDE – Dance 4 Me
El Combo Chimbita – Puro Show
CAPYAC – Speedracer
Men I Trust – Tailwhip
DUCKWRTH – Get Ugly (Feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Homeboy Sandman – Bamboo
Nubla Garcia – Lost Kingdoms
Princess Nokia – Bart Simpson
Ezra Collective – Pure Shade
Jade Bird – Cathedral
2:00 PM: Extending Your Reach at College Radio
Moderated by: Jessica Weber (co-sign)
Panelists: Rodney Carmichael (NPR), Anthony Valadez (KCRW / TuneIn), Dessa (Artist)

Keeping what you do at your station relevant beyond the bounds of your campus involves thinking beyond just your on-air signal. Podcasts, on demand programming, online features and reviews; all these things and more help expand your programming and vision to a much larger audience. Learn how to do this, even with limited budgets.

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Here we go! Loads of new music to share from Ryan Porter on the jazz tip, Dam Funk gives The Avalanches a little pow, Towkio delivers his long awaited LP and Thundercat gets chopped and screwed.  Also new gems from Little DragonAmber OlivierJordan RakeiLakim, and Kwes. 

Stimulator Jones – La Mano
The Avalanches – Because Im Me (Dam Funk Remix)
Amber Olivier – When It’s Over
Ryan Porter – Deja Vu
God.Damn.Chan – Smoke Break
PRhyme – Era (Feat. Dave East)
Big Yuki – Eclipse (Feat. Chris Turner)


Charlotte Day Wilson – Falling Apart
Thundercat x Ron C – Them Changes (Chopnotslop Remix)
Towkio – Disco
Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane Remix)


Aaron Childs – Tangerine (Channel Tres Remix)
Girls Of the Internet – When U Go
Mina – Allo
MJ x Jet Boot – You Rock My World (Edit)
Black Milk – 2 Would Try (Feat. Dwele)


Blood Orange – June 12th
Demo Taped – Insecure
Keys N Krates – Glitter (Feat. Ambre Perkins)
Oscar Key Sung – D.Y.T
Asir Leon – What It Does (J Kid Remix)


Little Dragon – Sway Daisy
Jordan Rakei – Eye To Eye (Dan Kye Remix)
J.D Reid – Just Know (Feat. Henry Wu and Venna)
Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down
Vesce – Here 2 Stat


Chrome Sparks – Still Think
Kero Kero Bonito – Cinema
Miraa May – Benji
Lakim – Nightfall
Michael Calfan – On You


Kwes. – Midori
Khruangbin – Como Me Quieres
Joey Dosik – The Night Before
Dramadigs – Fall In Love
Vesce – Call 2 Mind
Green Street – Don’t Deny It


Mankoora – Sonor Tropical
J.Kid – Call Me
DrewsThatDude – Journey
Laura Misch – Lagoon


Selebeyone – Are You In Peace?
Dimlite – Kalima Death Swamps


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Gem discovery of the year comes from Melbourne’s 30/70 from a record that dropped a few years ago.  Also James Blake returns with a cover of a classic, plus Art Feynman kills it on a low fi four on the floor banger entitled “Shelter“. Still loving this Rob Roy single “Stick” and Notwolfy banger “Lawnliness“. I’m also all over Nilufer Yanya! Need to explore more of her catalogue but def amazingness from her.

Lou Johnson – Walk On By
Khurangbin – The Infamous Bill
30/70 – The Strut
Kiran Kai – Dusk
Notwolfy – Lawnliness (Reprise)
Kid Cudi – Solo Dolo (Nightmare)
Mr. Carmack – Watermelon Man


Vera – Life Round Here
Goldlink – Crew (Ft. Gucci Mane, Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy) (Remix)
Deffie – Gaskethead
Art Feynman – Shelter
Tek.Lun – Self Made (Baba)


Rob Roy – Stick
Felix Lenferink – Third Bouree
Uptown Funk Empire – You’ve Got To Have Freedom
Teddy Pendergrass – You Can’t Hide From Yourself
Kamandi – Goldie


James Blake – Vincent
Souleance – Manana (Deejay Irie Edit)
Os Incriveis – Uma Rosa Pra Dita
MR Jukes – Ruby
30/70 – Local Knowledge
Ravyn Lenae – Everything Above


Eric B & Rakim – Know the Ledge
Eddie Palmieri – Vamonos Pa’l Monte
Rodney O & Joe Cooley – Yeah Boy (Supercuts)
Manu Dibango – African Battle (J. Rocc Edit)
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Vaughan Mason And Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Melo Do Tagarela – Gang Do Tagarela (Rapper’s Delight Instrumental)
Maxwell – Ascension (AZ DJ Melo Moombahsoul Edit)


Chris Dogzout – Like I Do (Justin Timberlake Remix)
Rozwell Otw – New Phone (Ft. Masego And West Banks)
Senojnayr – Universe
Jesse Boykins III – Nobody On Jupiter (Ft. Dej Loaf)
Amine – Squeeze

Nilufer Yanya – Sliding Doors
Dil Withers – Tapehissbliss
Franko Xavier – Antes Pouco Que Nenhum
Jitwam – Somethingtochewon  (Feat. Henry Wu)
Daniel Caesar – Get You (Unsinkable Flip)
Mr. Carmack – Otis Otis
Jon BapZone Out
Intimate Disco – Animations


Omid Walizadeh – Radio


Build An Ark – Japan
BLK Sonshine – Ballalefi
Silentyjay X Jace XL – Just Waking Up
Wildflower – Flute Song

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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


For those who don’t know I stepped away from my weekly show on Dash Radio to pursue new ventures. My weekly KCRW show is still amazing but I still want to use the online platform to share new discoveries found in record bins during my travels. It’s been a minute since I dropped a Personal Favorites mix. Here’s my first of 2017! Enjoy!

Tracklist: Personal Favorites 2017

The Baka Forest People of South East Cameroon – Liquindi 2
Undersea Poem – Te Encontrar
Gwilym Gold – The Root (D’Angelo Cover)
Oumou Sangare – Ne Bi Fe
Moruf and Iman Omari – Fallen
Ryo Kawasaki – Bamboo Child
Maths Time Joy – So Many Details (Toro Y Moi Cover)
Norman Conners – You Are My Starship
Vic Mensa – Holy Holy (Feat. Ab. Soul and Bj The Chicago Kid)
Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
Nils Frahm – The Shooting
Ptaki – Krystna
Axel Boman – Let’s Get Nervous
Lill Lindfors – Feel Like Making Love
Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady (Stevie Wonder Cover)
Jze Baqti – Visions Of A New World
Nick Hakim – Green Twins (Live Version)

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Back from SXSW and loads and loads of new music that I honestly didn’t get a chance to sit with but played and discovered in my headphones while in Austin. New SMINO, Jonti with The Internet’s Steve Lacy, Drake reworks South Africa’s Black Coffee, Rick Ross delivers +  Howard Maple makes the beats that make the head nod! Hope you dig! Catch you next Monday night in the basement!

Petijee – Let Me Out
Fredfades – The Foundation
SMINO – Edgar Allen Poe’d Up
Jonti – Scrood (Feat. Steve Lacy)
Drake – Get It Together (Feat. Black Coffee)
Charlotte Dos Santos – Red Clay
Ella Jenkins – Little Sparrow (UFE Remix)
Lee Van Dowski – Sinon Toi


They. – Back Around
Rick Ross – Game’s Aint Based On Sympathy
Karriem Riggins – Suite Poetry (Feat. Jessica Care Moore)
Vex Ruffin – Hard On Myself
Nick Hakim – I Bet She Looks Like You (Live Version)
Howard Maple – Springtime
Howard Maple – Ninhas Hunt


Moonchild – Cure
Owen Pallett – Keep The Dog Quiet
KRS-ONE – MC’s Act Like They Dont Know
Monte Booker – Butta


Anna Wise – Balance In All
Oddisee – Rights And Wrongs
The Pendletons – Be Mine Again
Takuya Masumoto – Filo
Funk 4 + 1 – That’s The Joint
Funkmaster Flex – C’mon Baby (Ghetto Mix)
Lumbalu – Kumatilanye (Los Chicos Altos Remix)


6th Borough Project – In Memory Of
Gizmo – Elegua (A Prayer For Children)
Dirty Projectors – Winner Take All
Zimba – Baleka (The Comet Is Coming)
Celia Cruz – Quimbara


Fredfades – Come Ad Goes (Feat. Charlotte Dos Santos)
Abdelrahman “Abdo” Elkhatib and Solar – Ah Ya Zen
BadBadNotGood – Lavender (Katranada Remix Feat. Snoop Dogg)
Hector Plimmer – Let’s Stay


Steve Lacy – Some
El Nino and The Southern Oscillations – Number Stations
Dj Asparagus – 100 Ways (Disco Version)
SFV Acid – 818 (Beat)
Funkommunity – Pass It On
STWO – Anna
The Alchemist – Disappearing Ink


Gabriel Garzon Montano – Sour Mango
Takuya Kuroda – Promis In Love
Kutmah – Live At Sketchbook


B. Bravo – Starz In Your Eyez
Your Old Droog – Bangladesh (Feat. Seems)
Ondatropica – Come Back Again
Sjob Movement – Friendship Train