Tag Archive: Best Music Blogs

Diggin’ This: Jamie xx ft Romy from the xx – “Loud Places” (Official Video)

  Anyone want to go night skateboarding in London?       Jamie xx ft Romy from the xx – “Loud Places”         So much to love about this, most… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hudson Mohawke ft Irfane – “Very First Breath”

  I’ll be honest, it took me a while (as in a couple of minutes) to fully get into this brand new track from HudMo.   I couldn’t help but notice how the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ady Suleiman – “So Lost” (Official Video)

  I first heard about Nottingham, England’s Ady Suleiman when I came across “Longing for Your Love,” which I loved instantly and proceeded to hammer at every day party that I could because… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Roots Manuva – “Facety 2:11″ (Produced by Four Tet)

  UK hip-hop founding father Mr Rooty Tooty Manuva is back with his trademark flow on brand new cut “Facety 2:11.” The track’s stumbling, propelling beat is produced by Four Tet, who, after… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love” (Official Video)

  The last time I wrote about Portland, Oregon-via-New Zealand lo-fi psychedelic-indie-soul outfit and band-name-you-would-probably-find-somewhere-in-an-anime-movie Unknown Mortal Orchestra was back when they covered Lindstrom’s spacey and disco-y “Rà-àkõ-st.,” which was and still is amazing in every… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: One T – “Don’t Rush” (Free Download)

  Always, always, always a huge fan of a soul-funk-singalong-house-stomp with some yachty geetar notes and, crucially, that basement bass!       Diggin’ this one from Los Angeles singer-songwriter-producer One T.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Flako ft Dirg Gerner – “With Me Now”

  London-via-Berlin-via-Chile’s Dario Rojo Guerra is Flako.       Fresh from producing the fantastic “La Neta” for Fatima (which landed at #5 in my Top 100 Songs of 2014), Flako returns with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Beatsofreen – “Deliverance”

  This gentle, pastoral, uptempo beat jam “Deliverance” by Utrecht, Netherlands producer Beatsofreen is my track of the day.       Like Bonobo gone folk-boogie.   Love it.   Beatsofreen – “Deliverance”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kendrick Lamar – “Institutionalized” (Kindness Flip)

  The thing I like most about Kendrick Lamar‘s new album is that it makes music feel like art again.       While the world is still collectively absorbing To Pimp a Butterfly,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Haelos – “Earth Not Above”

  Love this new one from London band Haelos and their genius melding of those ominous synth waterfalls with those Chvrches-meets-Jungle (yes!) vocals and that beautifully rusty drum break loop.     Haelos – “Earth… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons ft Moses Sumney – “Vermillion”

  This new one from Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons featuring the vocals of Moses Sumney is making my Monday all kinds of brilliant.       The low-end on those drums… Continue reading

Dan Digs Live: Come Hang With Me As I DJ at School Night! in Hollywood

  Stoked to be DJing at the incredible School Night! at Bardot in Hollywood this Monday night!       I’ve long been a fan of School Night! and their superhero ability to magically… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Great Dane ft King Henry – “June 2nd”

  25-year-old beat producer, independent hip-hop head, and Low End Theorizer Dane Morris is Great Dane.     His new self-titled album, released on Alpha Pup a couple of days ago, is a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jai Paul – “Straight Outta Mumbai” (BenZel Remix)

  In the absence of real new Jai Paul, this remix of Jai’s “Straight Outta Mumbai” from his “maybe-album” by Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch aka BenZel more than satisfies.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Zero 7 ft José González – “Last Light”

  Beyond pleased to hear that two of my very favorite entities of chill, Zero 7 and José González, have teamed up yet again to create “Last Light,” a beautiful and peaceful Scandinavian winter… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Braille ft Angelica Bess – “Better Than Nothing”

  Ever since first hearing his music as Sepalcure (made in partnership with none other than Machinedrum), I’ve always admired Praveen Sharma aka Braille‘s wholly talented knack for creating rhythmically enticing, structurally clever, bass-driven… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: I’lls – “Fifty-Phiphti” (Official Video)

  Utterly entranced by this future organic-electro-jazz-dance excursion by I’lls.       Those rimshot clicks and egg shaker hits.   I’lls – “Fifty-Phiphti” (Official Video)       Hear more from the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pell ft LV Baby – “The Never” (Official Video)

  Pell is poised to blow up this year.   Already tipped on Complex’s Top 25 Rappers To Know in 2014, Pigeons & Planes’ Top 10 Rappers to Know Before They Blow, and… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Organic Donor (Body)” (Free Download)

  You got an organ goin’ there no wonder the sound has so much BODY.       As heard on the classic “extended overhaul” mix of DJ Shadow’s “Organ Donor.”   Dan… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ishmael Raps – “Creole”

  “And what this planet needs at this point is for something impossible to happen to show a better way…”       19-year-old Rochester, NY artist Ishmael Raps brings the jazz, the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Everything Everything – “Distant Past” (Official Video)

  Watching this video to Everything Everything‘s latest beautifully wonky experimental-anything-goes-breakbeat-pop delivery is a lot like trying to understand Cloud Atlas while listening to a sleep-deprived and high-on-too-many-bags-of-gummy-worms They Might Be Giants… which is to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jodie Abacus – “I’ll Be That Friend”

  Not a lot is known about Jodie Abacus (yet!) but this soaring, Beatles-ish, positivity-powered, indie-pop jam written by the London singer-songwriter (penned after battling pneumonia) cannot fail to put some July in your… Continue reading

Win Two Tickets to See Machinedrum Live at the Roxy in Los Angeles on Sunday March 1, 2015 + 30min Best of Machinedrum DJ Mix by Dan Digs

  Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum is bringing his incredible Vapor City live show to Los Angeles!       We’ve got two tickets for one lucky winner and a friend to see Machinedrum with special guest Objekt… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Araatan – “Coffee”

  Batkhuu Batzorig and Batbaatar Batzorig are two brothers from Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.       Together they craft some of the finest, most slinkiest, most strutting electronic jazz and soul under the name Araatan.   Araatan –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snoh – “Emotional”

  Swedish-Persian singer Snoh teams up with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA for this heartfelt, brass-backed slice of throwback soul.       If you liked Quantic and Alice Russell’s collaboration a couple of years ago,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kali Uchis – “Know What I Want” (Esta Remix)

  Kali Uchis emanates mid-century modern rainbows.     The Los Angeles-via-Colombia chanteuse melds the vintage Americana aesthetic of Lana del Rey with the day-glo color palette of Nicki Minaj.   Her debut album, Por… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: MKO x Yusuke Akai – “Jellyfish” (Free Download)

  “Exotic grunge soul”—a genre name which piques my interest immediately—trio MKO hail from Brisbane, Australia and recently contributed this tantalizingly textured track that features guitar work from Yusuke Akai to the newly released and very wonderful… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ibeyi – “Ghosts” (Official Video)

  Both twenty-years-old, both French-Cuban, and both twin sisters, Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz are Ibeyi, the Yoruba word for “twins.”       Together they make some of the best percussive, organic, heartfelt… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Beat Spacek – “Modern Streets”

  With a humming, heatwave bassline reminiscent of Wayne Smith’s “Under Me Sleng Teng” and made only using iPad and iPhone apps, UK vocalist Beat Spacek (fka Steve Spacek who landed the number… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: My Top 10 Albums of 2014

  It’s increasingly tough to land on a top 10 definitive list of favorite albums, especially when music nowadays is not only released as a collection of 11-ish songs, but more often than… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Roy Davis Jr ft Peven Everett – “Gabriel” (Dan Marshall Flip) (Free Download)

  Cardiff, Wales producer Dan Marshall‘s output has been flippin’ brilliant as of late; this Hiatus Kaiyote flip, this Natural Four flip, and now this flip of the seminal UK garage classic “Gabriel” by… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Shura – “Indecision” (Jungle Remix)

  Not content with having some of the catchiest singles of the year, Jungle step up to remix “Indecision” by BBC Sound of 2015 nominee Shura.     Spacey and dubby.   No… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Go Placidly” (Samples Mos Def/Yasiin Bey’s “Desiderata”) (Free Download)

  Heard Yasiin Bey‘s recent recital of Max Ehrmann’s 1927 poem “Desiderata” and thought I’d add some beats, bleeps, strings, and flutes.       Dan Digs – “Go Placidly” (Samples Mos Def/Yasiin… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lupe Fiasco – “Kick, Push” (Kojo Refix)

  Maryland producer Kojo pushes these kicks, horns, and keys into territory even mellower than the Lupe original.       Lupe Fiasco – “Kick, Push” (Kojo Refix)       Check out… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hiatus Kaiyote – “By Fire”

  Hiatus Kaiyote‘s brand new songs are so good it’s not even fair. They are my favorite band of the moment.       Large spherical synths, apocalyptic operatic vocals, Stevie funk keyboard… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jack Garratt – “The Love You’re Given”

  Future soul of the highest order from London’s Jack Garratt.       Love, love, love those 808 drum chirps, those layered vocals on the chorus, and that thing that sounds like… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Stray – “Since You’ve Been Gone” (Official Video) (Free Album Download)

  Sadly, this isn’t an electronic soul cover of Kelly Clarkson, however London drum ‘n’ bass producer Stray still knows his way around a strutting hip-hop beat oozing with mood and movement. Love the… Continue reading

DJ Mix: Dan Digs – 60 Minutes of House for Seattle’s Freq Note Radio (Free Download)

  Was a ton of fun cooking up this DJ mix for Seattle’s Freq Note Radio last week.     60 minutes of straight four-to-the-floor house. All are gems that I’m massively diggin’ right… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sons of Kemet – “Going Home” (Blludd Relations Version) (Official Video)

  One part acid house, one part Screamadelica-ish indie-dance, one part messing about on an 808.     Love this lo-fi, rhythmic, drum machine-happy percolator courtesy of London’s Blludd Relations on the remix for UK… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Azekel – “Chronophobia”

  “Chronophobia” by London’s Azekel is a hefty slab of raw electronic soul and r ‘n’ b, complete with bass growls, easy soul horns, and an assortment of tongue-click-clocking sounds on the chorus.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tropics – “Blame”

  London’s Chris Ward is Tropics.   His latest song, “Blame,” is a muted, light-filled, sand-sifting electronic soul affair that sits nicely alongside Rhye and How to Dress Well.       Tropics – “Blame”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Black Opera ft Georgia Anne Muldrow – “Beginning of the End” (Produced by Tall Black Guy) (Official Video)

  A heavily atmospheric, esoteric hip-hop cut from The Black Opera, complete with a brooding soul beat courtesy of Tall Black Guy, that is perfect for November.       The Black Opera… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Aywy – “Voyeur”

  Watery experimental house vibes soaked in oil and vinegar from Sydney, Australia’s Aywy (pronounced like the letters “a” “y”).       Aywy – “Voyeur”         “Voyeur” is taken… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Melé – “Learn 2 Love”

  Raving, I’m raving to this new one from London-via-Liverpool producer Melé and got so hype my headphones just did the running man off my head.       As his name somewhat suggests, I… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Track of the Day: Mesingnat – “Reduced to Matter” – Powered by Reverbnation

  I’ve been working with the fine folks at Reverbnation and over the past month I’ve been taking submissions from artists from all over the world to be featured here at DanDigs.com.         The final selection… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: BadBadNotGood – “Kaleidoscope” (Kaytranada’s Flip) (Free Download)

  I’ll be honest, whenever I see the words “Bad Bad Not Good” and “Kaytranada” on a track, I know my headphones are in for some quality.       Listen to the 22-year-old… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tkay Maidza – “Switch Lanes” (Produced by Paces)

  After releasing the M.I.A.-ish “U-huh” earlier this year, Adelaide, Australia’s Tkay Maidza pairs up with Gold Coast producer Paces for an Azealia Banks-ish blend of UK garage and R&B on new single… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Track of the Day: Parlez-Vous Anglais? – “London” – Powered by Reverbnation

  I’ve been working with the fine folks at Reverbnation and over the past month I’ve been taking submissions from artists from all over the world to be featured here at DanDigs.com.         This week’s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kormac ft Irvine Welsh – “Another Screen” (Official Video)

  On “Another Screen,” Dublin’s Kormac partners with legendary Scottish writer and author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh.   The result is a spoken word piece, underpinned with a jovial, strumming, strolling beat from Kormac,… Continue reading