Recommended Gem: Charles Stepney: Out of the Shadows by International Anthem (Documentary)

  A recommended gem of a music documentary.       If you love “I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun,” one of the greatest songs in existence, then you already love Charles… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Little Dragon – “Frisco” (Ninja Tune)

  Into “Frisco,” a spare yet dreamy new electronic bop from Little Dragon, although I have it on good authority that locals would prefer that you just call it “The City” or “SF.”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kutiman ft Dekel – “Believe In You” (Siyal Music)

  I’m getting some worry-free New Zealand soulful dub vibes from this that recall the lilting beats of Fat Freddy’s Drop and the choral haze of Lord Echo.       “Believe In… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Warpaint – “Champion” (HAAi Remix)

  A deep, hypnotic rework.       Australian DJ and producer HAAi turns one of the best tracks from Warpaint‘s latest album, Radiate Like This, into a moody and relentless 2am thumper.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Daniel Allan ft slenderbodies – “Chasing Paradise” (Official Performance Video) (Too Future)

  Heavy shades of Jai Paul and JMSN.       Los Angeles artist Daniel Allan has teamed up with indie-pop duo slenderbodies to create “Chasing Paradise,” a future R&B cut with a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: SBTRKT – “Miss the Days”

  The latest track from SBTRKT sees Aaron Jerome going full 90s jungle.       “Miss the Days” is a glassy Amen break rinseout taken from his forthcoming Ruff + Ready series.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Katie Tupper – “Honey”

  A new single from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Katie Tupper.       “Honey” is a cool and confident R&B slow burn.     Katie Tupper – “Honey”           “Honey” is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: S. Raekwon – “Talk” (Father/Daughter Records)

  A loose and buoyant piano-led jam from NYC-via-Buffalo, NY musician S. Raekwon.       Love that flood of distortion at 1min 36sec.     S. Raekwon – “Talk”      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Park Motive – “Incident” (Spinny Nights) (Official Video)

  Gently melancholic two-step indie-bruk from Bristol, UK.       Sam Herschmann is Park Motive.     His latest track, “Incident,” features an unstoppable drum groove and synth bass tones that skip… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Biig Piig – “Fun”

  A bittersweet indie-jungle racer.        “Fun” is the latest single from London-via-Ireland artist and producer Biig Piig.     Biig Piig – “Fun”           “Fun” is out… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Carlos Niño & Friends ft Shabazz Palaces, Jamael Dean, Sharada – “Dreamsishappening” (International Anthem)

  First appearing as an instrumental on Carlos Niño‘s 2020 Bandcamp-only release Actual Presence.       “Dreamsishappening” is an expansive and otherworldly poetic constellation of orbiting percussion, choral hums, and cosmic rhyme… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Young Fathers – “Geronimo” (Ninja Tune)

  “I’m on the verge of something divine that’s gonna keep me alive.”       Edinburgh’s Young Fathers return with their first single in four years that starts off sounding like a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tendai – “Pressure” (Official Video) (0207 Def Jam)

  Next-level R&B from Canning Town.       Love the emotion-laden vocals and glossed beat bounce on “Pressure,” the fourth single from 22-year-old London artist Tendai.     Tendai – “Pressure” (Official… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Silvan Strauss – “Teeth” (Live Session) (Kabul Fire Records)

  BadBadNotGood meets Tony Allen.       “Teeth,” from Hamburg, Germany drummer and musician Silvan Strauss is a dub-infused, Afrobeat-inspired jazz wander.     Check out the video below that captures the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Andrew Goldring – “Sunshowers”

  Psychedelic Americana laced with golden guitar tones and a honeyed chorus that sounds like 1960s London multiplied by 2020s Nashville.       Love this latest single from Nashville-via-Utah artist and producer… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: DOMi & JD BECK – “WHATUP” (Blue Note Records)

  Your summer 2022 poolside playlist belongs to DOMi & JD BECK.       Metz, France keyboardist and Berklee College of Music alum Domitille Degalle aka DOMi louna met Texas drummer JD… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kibrom Birhane – “Mender”

  Enticing and mystery-laden Ethio-jazz from Los Angeles.       “Mender,” according to Kibrom Birhane, is a “homage to family and community.”     Kibrom Birhane – “Mender”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: boerd ft Venus Anon – “Tomorrow” (Blunda Records)

  A song about saying weird stuff in your sleep.       Sweden’s Bård Ericson aka boerd has teamed up with fellow Swedish musician Venus Anon for his new single. They met… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chinese American Bear – “星星 (Stars)”

  Melody’s Echo Chamber meets Dusty Springfield.       “星星 (Stars)” from Brooklyn duo Chinese American Bear is an ethereal and experimental indie-pop journey that draws from the best musical elements of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fug – “From Little Seeds We Grow” (4hero Folk Soul Remix) (RE:WARM)

  So thankful for new 4hero.        UK outfit Fug‘s downtempo organic electronica track “From Little Seeds We Grow” gets the 4hero remix treatment with those trademark lush strings and flourishing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Flying Lotus & Devin Tracy – “The Room” (Warp Records)

  A soulful R&B cut in 6/8.       Love that rippling bass guitar.     Love those impassioned vocals from Devin.     Flying Lotus & Devin Tracy – “The Room”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Stereolab – “Robot Riot” (Duophonic UHF Disks/Warp Records)

  A previously unreleased track from one of my very, very, very favorite bands.       With its supple guitar chords, synth whirrings, French lyrics, and driving drums, “Robot Riot” encapsulates the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Whitney – “REAL LOVE” (Secretly Canadian)

  Real, real love for that soaring vocal.       Featuring crunchy drums and dazzling organ keys, “REAL LOVE” is the brand new single from Julien Ehlrich and Max Kakacek, better known… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Greentea Peng – “Stuck In the Middle” (Produced by MJ Cole & Swindle) (AMF Records) (Official Video)

  Can’t believe we get three of my favorite music makers on one track.       I’ve been a fan of London’s Greentea Peng ever since she released the trippy, hallucinogenic future… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: George Riley & Vegyn – “Sacrifice” (PLZ Make It Ruins)

  West London’s George Riley‘s latest track is produced by the Frank Ocean and Duval Timothy collaborator Vegyn.       “Sacrifice” is a mellow yet pensive UK R&B cut.     Love those… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Moor Mother ft Melanie Charles – “Woody Shaw” (ANTI- Records)

  In honor of the legendary jazz trumpeter.       Philadelphia poet, rapper, and experimental musician Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother has teamed up with Swedish producer Olof Melander to create an… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ego Ella May – “The Morning Side Of Love” (Chico Hamilton Cover) (Blue Note Records)

  A South London Blue Note bop.       After thoroughly enjoying the first installment of Blue Note covers as reimagined by the best of the UK soul and jazz scene on… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sessa – “Pele da Esfera” (Mexican Summer)

  Swaying and sensual, minimalist Brazilian folk from Sao Paulo’s Sessa.       As Sessa’s Bandcamp page puts it: Sergio Sayeg (aka Sessa) has always been entranced by what he calls “the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rich Ruth – “Taken Back” (Third Man Records)

  Floating above the Nashville skyline to this.       “Taken Back,” a new track from Nashville artist Michael Rich Ruth, is an ambient jazz odyssey designed for teleportation.     Love… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mejiwahn ft LIV​.​E – “Heart String Special”

  Three songs in one.           Written by Dallas, Texas artist LIV.E (pictured above) and produced by Oakland-via-Minneapolis producer Mejiwahn (huge thanks to fellow Oaklanders Brijean and Dougie Stu… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Richard Russell – Liberation Through Hearing (Book)

  A recommended gem of a book.             An inspiring and invigorating history of running one of the world’s greatest record labels.       Label boss and producer… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rosa Brunello – “Jubiabá” (Domanda Music)

  A free-form, handclap-driven piece.        Featuring contributions by Yazz Ahmed, Maurice Louca, and Marco Frattini, “Jubiabá” by Italian bassist and composer Rosa Brunello is an uninhibited and fearless choral jazz… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Carlos Truly – “Vessel” (Co-Produced by Nick Hakim) (Bayonet Records)

  Rainy day indie-soul from NYC.       Co-written and co-produced by Nick Hakim, “Vessel” by Carlos Truly is a watery piano-led ode soaked in gratitude.      Carlos Truly – “Vessel”  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Yunè Pinku – “DC Rot”

  Shades of Yaeji and Disclosure.       “DC Rot” is a nonchalant yet uplifting pop-house raver from the London-based 19-year-old Malaysian-Irish artist and producer.     Yunè Pinku – “DC Rot”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Léa Sen – “I Like Dis” (Partisan Records)

  Hypnotic finger-picked guitar meets a weightless vocal.        Says the London, UK-via-Cergy, France artist and producer, “I felt the most innocent when I wrote this song… The fingerpicking was so… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jonathan Jeremiah – “Horsepower For the Streets” (Official Video)

  John Martyn-meets-Bill Withers-meets-early Michael Kiwanuka feels from North London’s Jonathan Jeremiah.       Love those strings courtesy of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.     Jonathan Jeremiah – “Horsepower For the Streets”  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Wallace – “Arcade Queen” (Produced by Turbo Chook of Close Counters)

  An ode to ruling the video game arcade back in the day.       I’ve been a fan of Wellington, New Zealand’s Wallace Gollan ever since I first heard “Beauty,” her… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Guohan – “Feeling” (Darker Than Wax)

  A new addition to the Darker Than Wax family.       “Feeling” by the Nottingham, UK-via-Ningbo, China producer Guohan is a fervently percussive deep house maneuver for the deep night.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brijean – “Shy Guy” (Ghostly International)

  Delicately deep wallflower house.       Much like “Moody,” a fave track of mine by Brijean Murphy and Dougie Stu, new song “Shy Guy” is a low-lit, late night affair with subtle… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Moonchild – “What You Wanted” (Kiefer Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

  A beautiful beat-driven rework of the LA-based trio from the producer and piano maestro.       Says Kiefer, “Moonchild are one of my favorite groups. Their sound is so unique and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gabriels – “One and Only”

  Love this retro-soul energizer from the acclaimed US-UK trio.       The pace and pathos of “One and Only” is very much in the vein of their breakout and beloved track “Love… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brandon Coleman – “Blast Off” (Brainfeeder)

  A supernova-sized cosmic funk explosion packed into just 1min 48sec.       No stranger to collaborations within the Brainfeeder family, the LA-based vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, and keyboard wizard has worked… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Motel Radio – “Wise” (Single Lock Records) (Official Video)

  A hook-laden, laid-back indie groove from the New Orleans band.       Can’t get enough of that crunchy breakbeat and earthy shaker that lets those flowering guitar notes bloom.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: S-Type – “Be Where You Are” (LuckyMe)

  Way into this extremely effective gospel-MPC beat workout from the Scottish producer Bobby Perman aka S-Type.       Looking forward to more of this on the debut album from S-Type due… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Santpoort – “Nothing But Time”

  Clockwork-hop.       Big love for “Nothing But Time,” an effortlessly relaxing, jazz piano-laden cut from the Dutch producer Santpoort, whose album Ocean Tales was number 13 in my Top 30… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Raelle – “Grace”

  South London symphonic soul.       Love this vulnerable yet empowering modern UK soul stirrer from Glastonbury Festival 2022 emerging artist Raelle.     Raelle – “Grace”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: SAULT – “Time Is Precious” (Forever Living Originals)

  A surprise album in more ways than one.       Released yesterday evening, AIR is unexpectedly an orchestral album.     Largely instrumental and cinematic in both nature and ambition, SAULT‘s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ural Thomas & The Pain – “Dancing Dimensions” (Bella Union)

  I remember being amazed when I first heard the voice of Ural Thomas on “In Quiet Moments,” his collaboration with Lost Horizons last year, which ended up at number 44 on my… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s by Simon Reynolds for Pitchfork (Writing)

  A recommended gem of an article.         Every so often I’ll get on a huge Boards of Canada kick and invariably cue up Music Has the Right to Children on… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lil Silva ft Sampha – “Backwards” (Nowhere Music) (Official Video)

  A new joint effort that features vocals and production from both UK producers.         Love that descending melody over that faithful piano and those vivacious drums.      Watch the… Continue reading