Tag Archive: Best Music Blogs

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

Dan Digs’ Track of the Day: Silent Strike – “Singularity” (Video) – 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.         I… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Milosh – “Right Never Comes”

  Toronto singer Mike Milosh is one half of Rhye.       Based in Los Angeles, Milosh and Copenhagen producer Robin Hannibal make downtempo, orchestral R&B that sounds like having both too little… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sticky Fingers – “Just For You” (Official Video) (Free Download)

  Like Howard Moon fronting Black Grape after listening to Jagwar Ma on repeat and taking fashion cues from Justin Hawkins from the Darkness.         Love those pools of psyche-piano that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Potatohead People – “Blossoms” (Nick Wisdom Remix) (Free Download)

  Bastard Jazz, the label best known for global jazz ambassadors Captain Planet and Lord Echo, frisbees us a freebie in the form of a dancefloor-ready remix of “Blossoms” from Montreal producer and one… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Swindle – “Walter’s Call”

  I’ve been a fan of South London futurebound jazz-step producer Swindle ever since hearing his boisterous remix of Little Dragon’s “Klapp Klapp.”       Brand new track “Walter’s Call” sounds a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Julio Bashmore ft J’Danna – “Simple Love”

  Simple, subtle, and effective.         The airy “Simple Love” doesn’t contain a wallop-you-over-the-head bassline like Julio Bashmore‘s breakout 2012 track “Au Seve,” but it does have a similar churning… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Flying Lotus ft Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”

  Fly-Lo meets K.Dot.   If hip-hop production in 2014 suddenly decided to go the way of the future-focused jazz odyssey of “Never Catch Me,” I would be more than okay with that.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jordan Rakei – “Alright”

  This is more than “Alright.”   So very splendid and soulful sounds from Brisbane, Australia’s Jordan Rakei.       Like D’Angelo, Jose James, and Fat Freddy’s Drop’s Joe Dukie all rolled… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Barney Artist – “Beep Beep” (Official Video)

  Barney Artist is taking hip-hop in a new direction.         Far from the punishing kicks and lacerating snares of trap and miles away from the bully bass of grime,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jesse and Forever – “Good Morning!”

  Cali-born and Brooklyn-based, Jesse Scheinin weaves a magically warm beach blanket of sound with his band Jesse and Forever‘s brand new track “Good Morning!”         Completely diggin’ this alt-psyche-soul-jazz… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sam Gellaitry – “Paper”

  On “Paper,” Stirling, Scotland’s seventeen-year-old producer Sam Gellaitry takes an ornate piece of parlor piano and twists it into an instantly contagious, hiccuping, bit-crushed burp beat.       Sam Gellaitry – “Paper”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mndsgn – “Eggs” (Official Video)

  One of my favorite albums of this year, no question, is Mndsgn‘s woozy warmer Yawn Zen, released on the venerable Stones Throw label.   It has an experimental, hip-hop-influenced vibe similar to Endtroducing-era DJ Shadow… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Odesza ft Zyra – “Say My Name”

  After igniting the world’s interest with the release of “Memories that You Call” a month ago, Seattle duo Odesza again come up with the goods on brand new track “Say My Name.”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kool A.D. ft Toro Y Moi & Amaze 88 – “The Front” (Official Video) (Free Download)

  Free art!   Kool A.D. teams up with friends Toro Y Moi and Amaze 88 for a laid-back, off-the-cuff, old school rap sesh over a benign descending organ line and a Stevie… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: DJ Shadow – “Ghost Town” (Free Download)

  Even though everyone just wants to hear Endtroducing Part 2, it’s kinda cool how every new DJ Shadow release sounds nothing like DJ Shadow.       I’m diggin’ this bass-growlin’, squelch synth… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Juan MacLean – “A Simple Design”

  Diggin’ this brand new tune from DFA disco stalwarts The Juan MacLean.       It’s all about that tambourine, those breezy, easy peasy vocals from Nancy Whang, and that rolling space bass.… Continue reading