Diggin’ This: Dorcha – “Horses” (Box Records)

  Anna Palmer, Beth Bellis, Stella Roberts, Meesha Fones, and Euan Palmer are Dorcha, a leftfield experimental pop quintet from Birmingham, UK.       “Horses” is my favorite song from the band,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: SHADEEMUS – “Clovis”

  Scott Xylo, Demigosh, and Adam are the Leicester, UK trio Shadeemus.       Science fiction psychedelic soul.     Love that guitar in the center, the rain downpour in the background, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Antonio Neves – “A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now)”

  Samba, jazz, bossa nova… it’s all here.       Antonio Neves – “A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now)”                      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kaelin Ellis – “Bebop”

  Love this entire project from Florida producer Kaelin Ellis, but if I had to pick just one donut from the box, it would be “Bebop.”       On repeat.    … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief Documentary (Video)

  This is how we chill: watching this recommended gem of a music documentary.       Filmmaker Shomari Smith interviewed the Hieroglyphics collective and hip-hop luminaries across the country about the Oakland group’s… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 24 – New Music from John Carroll Kirby, James Blake, Ivy Lab, Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham, Ultraísta, Dan Kye, Diggs Duke

  Show number 24!         LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 24!     A 60-minute mixture of my favorite tracks of the week including new music… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Biig Piig – “Liahr” (RCA Records)

  Indie d’n’b from London-via-Ireland’s Jess Smyth also known as Biig Piig.       Biig Piig – “Liahr”           “Liahr” is out now. Get it here and listen to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Common Saints – “Idol Eyes”

  South London psychedelic soul.       Only just been released. Already feels like a classic.      Common Saints – “Idol Eyes”           “Idol Eyes” is taken… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jim-E Stack ft Bon Iver – “Jeanie”

  Strong A.K. Paul synth feels.       Emotional.     Jim-E Stack ft Bon Iver – “Jeanie”                “Jeanie” is taken from Jim-E Stack‘s new… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pyramid Project – “Mangroves” (Contours Edit)

  What a groove.       UK producer Contours collaborated with Nairobi, Kenya’s Pyramid Project back in 2018.     The four track EP, Mangroves, is the textured, percussion-heavy result, recorded in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Routine (Annie Truscott from Chastity Belt & Melina Duterte aka Jay Som) – “Cady Road” (Dead Oceans)

  Lo-fi country music echoes meet rainy Manchester melodies.       Annie Truscott, who plays bass in Chastity Belt, and Melina Duterte aka Jay Som are the LA duo Routine.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Georgie Sweet – “What I Had Done” (Futuristica Music)

  Good vibes from the get-go.       Backed by a buoyant hip-hop beat from producer Marc Rapson, “What I Had Done” from the UK’s Georgie Sweet is laced with a neo-soul… Continue reading

Playlist: Dan Digs Cosmic Country

  Ethereal folk, emotive alt-indie, and astral Americana.         Come along on a voyage of discovery into the spellbound sound of cosmic country.       Dan Digs Cosmic Country… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Talks About His Favorite Drum Breaks for Pitchfork’s Under the Influences Series (Video)

  A recommended gem of a drum masterclass: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker gives the lowdown on his favorite drum breaks from Silver Apples to Stevie to Led Zep and more.       💎… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Vision ft Andreya Triana & Ben Westbeech – “Missing” (Defected Records) (Official Video)

  Kon and Ben and Andreya have got The Vision.   “Missing” is a bonafide disco boogie.       It’s all about that impromptu lights-out tambourine breakdown at 3min 5sec.    … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: At Home With Brittany Howard on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Brittany Howard talks with Zane Lowe about her favorite music on Apple Music 1.         This was a special one. Loved hearing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Svaneborg Kardyb – “Haven” (Blikflak Records)

  Chilled beyond chilled Danish electronic jazz.       Svaneborg Kardyb – “Haven”             Listen to “Haven” on my 2020 Essentials playlist here.        … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Special Request (Paul Woolford) In for Benji B on BBC Radio 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Special Request sits in for Benji B on BBC Radio 1.       4hero, Donald Byrd, SAULT, and cicadas.     💎      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chien Chien Lu ft Jeremy Pelt – “Invitation”

  Greatly enjoying the vibraphonic jazz of Taiwan’s Chien Chien Lu‘s new album The Path.       My favorite track so far is “Invitation” featuring Jeremy Pelt, closely followed by her cover… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties with Chal Ravens – Ep4: Jazzy Sport (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast episode: Chal Ravens chats to Taro Kesen, co-founder of one of my favorite record labels: Jazzy Sport, for Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties series.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jack Garratt – “Time (Rework)”

  JG with the UKG.       Jack Garratt – “Time (Rework)”         Listen to “Time (Rework)” on my 2020 Essentials playlist here.            … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: James Blake Presents Before – DJ Set for Boiler Room in Los Angeles (Video)

  Introducing a new series on this here website called RECOMMENDED GEMS!   In addition to music, I’m now going to be unearthing DJ sets, podcasts, books, TV shows, movies, and more that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chet Faker – “Low” (Official Video)

  He’s back.         Chet Faker – “Low” (Official Video)         “Low” is out now. Add it to your playlists here and check out my reaction to first hearing Chet Faker… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Machinedrum ft Jesse Boykins III – “Wait 4 U” (Ninja Tune)

  Crystalline drum ‘n’ bass from one of my favorite producers.       Machinedrum ft Jesse Boykins III – “Wait 4 U”           “Wait 4 U” is featured… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Quakers ft Sampa The Great – “Approach With Caution” (Stones Throw)

  Feeling this playful piano-plonking hip-hop heat from Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), Katalyst, and 7-Stu-7, otherwise known as Quakers, that features some fiery rhymery from Sampa the Great.       Quakers ft Sampa The Great –… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 23 – New Music from SAULT, Fabiano do Nascimento, The Donelson Broncos, Gabriels, Soccer Mommy (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix), HONNE (Jordan Rakei Remix), Triathalon

  Show number 23!     How’s it going? Hope all is good with you.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 23!     A 60-minute blend of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Another Michael – “Boring For The Times” (Run For Cover Records)

  Soaring optimistic indie-folk in the vein of Whitney.       Michael Doherty, Alenni Davis, and Nick Sebastiano are Another Michael, a trio from Philadelphia-via-Albany, NY.   Another Michael – “Boring For… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gabriels – “Love and Hate in a Different Time”

  Throwback vintage soul meets bedroom pop production from Palm Desert, California.       The result sounds timeless.   Gabriels – “Love and Hate in a Different Time”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Paul White ft Iyamah & Remi – “Smile (See The Light)”

  That psychedelic textured Paul White production.       Love that raw flute, that friendly bassline, those shakers, and that general sense of uplift throughout.   Paul White ft Iyamah & Remi… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dougie Stu (Brijean) – “Another One For Slug” (Ropeadope/Ghostly)

  Slow and steady boom-bap grooving from Brijean’s Dougie Stu.       Dougie Stu – “Another One For Slug”           “Another One For Slug” is taken from Dougie… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Simpson – “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”

  Very much feeling this stumbling beat behind the woozy funk of “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae” by Virginia’s Simpson.       Simpson – “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sons Of The Sun – “Underwater Dreaming” (BBE Music)

  Bumping this excellent new neo-soul from transatlantic duo Sons of the Sun.       Sons Of The Sun – “Underwater Dreaming”           “Underwater Dreaming” is out now… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Donelson Broncos – “Wave Country”

  Nashville’s answer to Khruangbin.         Less concerned with delving into the history of Thai funk than their Texan counterparts, The Donelson Broncos create airy, starry-skied instrumental jams that fit… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Quantic – “Theme from Selva” (Selva Records)

  Studio 54 Quantic is my new favorite Quantic.       Love those strings, love those horns, love that irrepressible funk-fronted groove.      Quantic – “Theme from Selva”      … Continue reading

Playlist: Dan Digs Country & Eastern – Country Music from the Land of the Rising Sun

  Three chords and the truth from Tokyo and beyond.         Listen to this selection of the best modern country and alt-folk songs from Japan.       Dan Digs… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Seba Kaapstad ft Quelle Chris – “Our People” (Mello Music Group) (Free Download)

  Love this piano-driven groove from South Africa.       Seba Kaapstad ft Quelle Chris – “Our People”           “Our People” is taken from Seba Kaapstad‘s new album Konke… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Apifera (Rejoicer Side-Project) – “Énék Hamaguro” (Stones Throw)

  Fusing the fusion of funk, soul, jazz, and drum ‘n’ bass.       Tel Aviv’s Apifera is a new project of Yuvi Havkin, better known as Rejoicer.     Apifera –… Continue reading

Playlist: Dan Digs Nordicana – Country Music from the Land of the Midnight Sun

  Swap your F-150 for 150 fjords, put on your 37.85-liter hat, and listen to this selection of midnight sunshine songs from the leading (northern) lights of Scandinavia’s country music scene.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Heartbreak” (Outlier Records)

  The 90s rave is strong in this one.       Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Heartbreak”         “Heartbreak” is out now via Outlier Records.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Vex Ruffin – “Mabuhay Boy” (Stones Throw) (Official Video)

  Love this Pinoy soul-disco jam from Vex Ruffin.       Vex Ruffin – “Mabuhay Boy” (Stones Throw) (Official Video)         “Mabuhay Boy” is taken from Vex Ruffin’s new… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nubiyan Twist ft Ego Ella May – “24/7” (Strut Records)

  Hiatus Kaiyote-meets-Brainfeeder vibrations.       The London 10-piece joins forces with the wondrous Ego Ella May.     Nubiyan Twist – “24/7”         “24/7” is out now via… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pete Josef – “Lavender” (Sonar Kollektiv)

  Those horns.       Extremely beautiful singer-songwriter soul from one of Bristol’s best.     Pete Josef – “Lavender”           “Lavender” by Pete Josef is out now.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: SAULT – “Free” (Forever Living Originals)

  That bassline bounce.       Easily one of the best tracks of 2020.     SAULT – “Free”         But what does S.A.U.L.T. mean? (I’ve started thinking about… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nosaj Thing – “For The Light” (LuckyMe Records) (Official Video)

  Jason Chung aka Nosaj Thing signs to LuckyMe and delivers this moody, relentless yet delicate thumper.       Love that bass guitar.     Nosaj Thing – “For The Light” (LuckyMe… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oliver Tank – “Day Trip”

  Feeling the underwater R&B futurism of “Day Trip” by Sydney’s Oliver Tank.       Oliver Tank – “Day Trip”           “Day Trip” is out now via soundcloud.com/oliver-tank.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fabiano do Nascimento – “Tributo” (Now-Again Records) (Official Video)

  Get caught up in the infinite melodic ripples of “Tributo” from Brazil’s Fabiano do Nascimento.       Fabiano do Nascimento – “Tributo” (Now-Again Records) (Official Video)           “Tributo”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Marker Starling – “Silk Rock” (Tin Angel Records)

  Impossible not to groove to this.       Toronto’s Chris A. Cummings is Marker Starling.     His latest single, “Silk Rock,” is a winding and casually circular whirl of retro-indie-boogie,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: JGrrey – “Ain’t So” (Stripes Records) (Official Video)

  Ain’t this great.       On her latest song “Ain’t So,” London’s JGrrey fuses 00s R&B beat patterns with 60s Motown soul melodies diced with 90s vinyl scratches and laced with a… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 22 – New Music from A. K. Paul, Cleo Sol, Pete Josef,  Oddisee, Ruthven, The Seshen, Dan Shake, Michael Kiwanuka, Bonobo, Lone – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 22!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 22!     A 60-minute mix… Continue reading

New Album By Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – Glow

  My very first LP.         Glow is a lo-fi Losangelican love letter to record stores, 90s UK indie, the beach, Toro y Moi, Primal Scream, Jai Paul, the Beta Band,… Continue reading