Tag Archive: Music

Diggin’ This: Newbody – “Telephone”

  All hail the incoming—and long overdue!—two-step revival!       Newbody Records is a brand new, Los Angeles-based urban dance label that focuses on soulful house music and two-step garage.   The label’s head… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: WOKE (Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, and Thundercat) ft George Clinton – “The Lavishments of Light Looking” (Free Download)

  Is this real life?     Three of my all-time favorite otherworldly music entities—Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, and Thundercat—have come together via Adult Swim to form the musical Voltron that is WOKE.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ryan Egan – “Watercolor”

  Love those bass murmurs, that clicky-clacky ambient percussion, that early evening pastoral guitar, and those thirty-foot walls of synth washes on “Watercolor,” a brand new song from New York City’s Ryan Egan.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: DJ Paypal – “Awakening”

  That 80s TV show theme footwork!       Having strong links with Chicago’s Teklife crew and the UK’s LuckyMe camp, in addition to his own Mall Music collective, footwork producer DJ Paypal recently signed… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Scuba Diva (Lorde’s Keyboardist) – “What’s the Point?” (Produced by Silicon)

  When he’s not playing keyboards in Lorde‘s touring band, Paraparaumu, New Zealand’s Jimmy Mac aka Scuba Diva makes brooding, wavy, washy, indie-funk excellence.       “What’s the Point?” is produced by… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Made of Oak – “Pinebender” (Official Video)

  This one sounds as if it was made especially for Low End Theory.       Made of Oak is one half of Sylvan Esso: Durham, North Carolina-via-Milwaukee, Wisconsin producer Nicholas Sanborn.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Stuart McCallum ft JP Cooper – “City” (Official Video)

  Former Cinematic Orchestra member, guitarist, and composer Stuart McCallum pens a jazz-laden, soul-infused, electronic music-tinged ode to his home of Manchester, UK.       Cannot get enough of those delayed drums,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Syv – “Knockin'”

  Primo Baker and Thomas Quemby are Syv.   The UK duo’s new track “Knockin’” is a remarkably effective bass-heavy breakbeat swing workout.   Perfect for revitalizing dancefloors everywhere.   Track of the day.… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: Nuyorican Soul – “I Am the Black Gold of the Sun” (Dan Digs’ Losangelican Soul Refix) (Free Download)

  One of my favorite songs of all time gets a Losangelican Soul refix!       Had to chop up that amazing piano line over some dusty boom-bap drums.   As premiered… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz ft Novej – “Memory” (Free Download)

  Any track that samples Minnie Riperton is going to get an immediate click from me.       Check out this new collaboration between Rapper Big Pooh and Nottz, featuring Novej, that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Japanese House – “Clean” (Official Video)

  19-year-old UK singer and producer Amber Bain is The Japanese House.       Her brand new song “Clean” is soupy, emotive, and brilliant, like an amber bath.   Track of the day.… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Love You I Do” (Hiatus Kaiyote Re-Edit) (Free Download)

  Boom-bap drums, Japanese jazz fusion keys, and vocal inspiration from one of my favorite bands in the galaxy: Hiatus Kaiyote.     As premiered on the #DanDigsShow on Dash Radio last night. Listen back to the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dusky – “Skin Deep” (Global Communication Remix)

  One of my very favorite DJs and producers, Tom Middleton, has resurrected Global Communication (the name under which he used to produce decade-defining 90s ambient electronica along with Mark Pritchard) to remix Dusky’s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kacy Hill – “Foreign Fields” (Produced by Jack Garratt)

  I was wondering why I instantly liked this song so much. Obviously Kacy’s shimmering, delicate vocals had a lot to do with it. But then I found out it was produced by… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Empress Of – “How Do You Do It” (Official Video)

  Much like Grimes, NYC’s Honduran-American singer-songwriter-producer Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of fuses upbeat melodic experimentalism with a firm DIY sensibility, the results of which always sound brave, fresh, and boundary-defying.       Very… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Demo Taped – “Not Enough” (Official Video)

  With “Not Enough,” 17-year-old Atlanta producer Adam Alexander bka Demo Taped has created a genius vapor&B half-speed future funk jam.       Love that brass key stab plugin that keeps “Not Enough” bouncing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Zak Abel – “Running From Myself”

  This has been on repeat since I first heard it via a tweet from Joker late yesterday.       Produced by Karma Kid, Zak Abel‘s “Running From Myself” is an irresistible,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lightboxes – “Something Else”

  South London’s Donna Thompson and John Atterbury are Lightboxes.       Mightily diggin’ this uptempo beat, that upright bass, and those up-and-up handclaps.   Upstanding.   Track of the day.   Lightboxes –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Invisible – “Easy Now”

  Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor are The Invisible.       Describing “Easy Now,” Dave Okumu says: “George Clinton once said, ‘funk is anything you need it to be to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Floating Points – “Silhouettes” (Official Video)

  Neuroscientist-turned-music producer Sam Shepherd bka Floating Points is preparing to release his debut album, Elaenia.       The first song to be aired from the upcoming LP is “Silhouettes,” an edited version of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: BASECAMP – “Mara”

  Nashville future electronic&B trio BASECAMP recently signed with Skrillex’s OWSLA label, but there’s nary a drop, wobble, step, scary monster or nice sprite to be found here.       I stopped… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Naytronix – “Mister Divine” (Official Video)

  This slice of sun-bleached, low-slung indie-soul from Tune-Yards bassist Nate Brenner aka Naytronix is making this cloudy August Friday morning in Los Angeles all kinds of great.       Hear “Mister… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dexter Story ft Yared Teshale – “Lalibela”

  LA producer Dexter Story spins many a plate; in addition to making music he’s worked as the product manager for Snoop Dogg, Meshell Ndegeocello’s day-to-day representative, and has performed with artists such as Dwight Trible,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bastien Keb – “Beat Without A Heart”

  Only had to hear the first five seconds of this one to know it was something special.       Bastien Keb aka Seb Jones’ “Beat Without a Heart” has me immediately diggin’ those… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Peter Lyons – “Envy”

  Love this surging, glitchy cut of indie electronic beat tapestry from London’s Peter Lyons.       Strings are a nice touch, too.   Track of the day.   Peter Lyons – “Envy”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Slum Sociable – “All Night”

  Mightily feelin’ this turntable jazz-hop soul from Melbourne, Australia’s Slum Sociable.       The greatness of this gently psychedelic, nocturnal trip-hop cut only confirms my suspicion that Melbourne is one of the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Darren Keen – “The Way I Look”

  The future is footwork!       Can’t get enough of this Martian-barbershop-cooing, 808-hit-ridden, pitched-down-swagger-vocaled, juke gem from Brooklyn-via-Omaha, Nebraska producer Darren Keen.   Track of the day.   Darren Keen –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: J-Felix – “Keep On (We Ain’t Here For Long)”

  This boogie funk strut!       Brighton-via-Bristol dub, hip-hop, and d ‘n’ b head Joe F Newman used to tour internationally as Alice Russell’s guitarist. Now under his J-Felix moniker, he’s hit… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jamie Woon – “Sharpness”

  Ever since first hearing this song’s premiere on Pharrell and Scott Vener’s very first Othertone radio show on Beats 1, I have been telling every friend, colleague, barista, parking enforcement official, pilot,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Wallace ft Sampa the Great – “Beauty”

  If you dig the sounds of Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, and Electric Wire Hustle, you need need need need need need need need need need need need need need need need need need… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Prep – “Cheapest Flight”

  Let PREP put all of the pep in your steps!       With only ten tweets to their name at last count, this newly-minted London four-piece is comprised of a hip-hop producer, a classical… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: Starling – “Take It Down” (Dan Digs Remix)

  Ever since hearing this beautiful song by London songstress Starling on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 recently, I’ve been thinking it could do with some MJ Cole-ish garage drums in the background,… Continue reading

Goggi & Orri from Sigur Ros – “Lila”

  If you’ve ever listened to Sigur Ros but thought to yourself that the music, while closely resembling auditory transcendence, could do with being a little more uptempo and housey, well, you’re in luck.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: <KAEB (Geoff Barrow from Portishead) ft Jonwayne – "There’s No One" (Official Video)

  Bristol, England’s Geoff Barrow—best known for being a founding member of the band Portishead—has just released a split EP featuring two tracks from his other band BEAK> and—plot twist!—two tracks from BEAK>’s “alter-ego”: <KAEB, which is… Continue reading

Get the Free Dan Digs App!

  Stoked to say that the official Dan Digs app has arrived!   Now you can get your Track of the Day, free music downloads, watch music videos, and listen back to every… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Aristophanes – “左右為難” (Left and Right)

  So I’m reading this very excellent article in the Fader about Grimes, and at the end of the piece there’s a scene in which she Skypes with Aristophanes, a Taiwanese hip-hop MC.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ruane Maurice – “Nomenclature” (Official Video)

  “Nomenclature” by Birmingham, England’s Ruane Maurice sounds as if Massive Attack had decided to make house instead of hip-hop.       Digging that textured percussion in the background, those big, chunky synth… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Josa Peit – “Constellation” (Max Graef & Glenn Astro Remix)

  In love with EVERY part of this song, from the swampy bass burbles at the start to that dirty cymbal to those weird found sound samples of birdsong to THAT MASSIVE JUNGLE… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The`ve – “Visions” (Official Video)

  Chicago’s The`ve is music producer, songwriter, and engineer “Dug” and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist “Sam Trump.”       T`ogether they m`ake f`uturist s`oul and R`&B of the h`ighest, h`aziest order, and “V`isions” is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dornik – “Stand In Your Line”

  Heavy MJ vibes on the verse, heavy JT vibes on the pre-chorus, and a beautifully lagging and nagging “line… line… line, line…” hook on the chorus.     Loving this new song… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Stephen Bradley – “Runaways”

  After nineteen years of providing horns, keyboards, and backing vocals for No Doubt, Stephen Bradley has released his first solo EP.       The lead single, “Runaways,” is a laid-back, effortless,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Say Yes Dog – “Stronger” (Offical Video)

  Hot Chip meets Chet Faker.     Say Yes Dog was started in 2011 by two Germans and one Luxembourger.     The Berlin-based trio’s brand new single “Stronger” has it all; playful bass squelches,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Grandbrothers – “Arctica” (Official Video)

  Let’s tesselate.     Mightily diggin’ this piano-led jazz beat from Dusseldorf, Germany’s Grandbrothers.   It has those Jazztronik “Samurai” vibes, which is one of my favorite tunes of all time.   Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jack Grace – “Hills” (Official Video)

  That glorious, stumbling beat.   Those mahogany piano pillars.     Love this new one from Sydney, Australia’s Jack Grace.   Track of the day.   Jack Grace – “Hills” (Official Video)… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Glass Arise” (Free Download)

  An early morning kind of thing.     As premiered on the #DanDigsShow on Dash Radio last night. Listen back to the show here.   Dan Digs – “Glass Arise”         Download “Glass… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bells Atlas – “Sugar for the Queen”

  I first got hipped to Bells Atlas earlier this week through Bandcamp’s brilliant new City Guides feature, which sees the music streaming and download service shining a light on exciting musical scenes in cities… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Szjerdene – “Find Me”

  Having previously provided vocals for the likes of Bonobo and Lapalux, Amsterdam-via-Hackney, East London songstress Szjerdene recently teamed up with NYC producer Quays to pen this ominous, skeletal, synth&B excursion.     Track of the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Novelist – “War”

  “Very, very, very on fleek…”   It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a grime cut as my Track of the Day!   Today’s selection fixes that.   Kojo Kankam is better… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: Pharrell Williams – “Freedom” (Dan Digs’ Freedrum DnB Remix)

  When I first heard the final studio version of Pharrell’s brilliant brand new track “Freedom” a few days ago, the first thing that came to mind was how that piano line was just… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Frances – “Grow” (Oceaan Remix)

  “Grow” by 22-year-old London songstress Frances gets a minimalist, percussive rework from 22-year-old Manchester-via-Brussels producer Oliver Cean aka Oceaan.     Track of the day.   Frances – “Grow” (Oceaan Remix)  … Continue reading