Category Archive: Songs I’m Diggin’

Diggin’ This: Lost Horizons (Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins & Richie Thomas of Dif Juz) ft Ural Thomas – “In Quiet Moments” (Official Video) (Bella Union)

  Too beautiful.       Richie Thomas of Dif Juz and Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins met when they were signed to 4AD in the 1980s.   In 2017, after not… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: St Germain – “Rose Rouge” (Nightmares on Wax ReRub)

  “Put your hAaAaAnds together one time…”       The mighty St Germain returns with a rhythmic N.O.W. remix with added jazz flourishes of horns and keys that never loses the propulsive… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: STR4TA (Gilles Peterson & Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick of Incognito) – “Rhythm In Your Mind” (Brownswood)

  80s Brit-funk at its finest in 2021.       Now all we need is a Thundercat collab.     STR4TA – “Rhythm In Your Mind”           “Rhythm… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bay Ledges – “Feelz”

  An incredibly good and grooving soulful glitch-pop song.       Love the feels on “Feelz,” especially that warm sub-bass throughout.     Bay Ledges – “Feelz”         “Feelz”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rascal – “Gone”

  German producer Rascal has some serious, serious credits to his name.    Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Jay Rock, JID, Pusha T, Jorja Smith, GoldLink, IDK, Joey Bada$$, SiR, Jeezy,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snowpoet – “Roots” (Edition Records)

  Lauren Kinsella and Chris Hyson are Snowpoet, a London-based experimental jazz duo who sound like Bjork meeting the Cinematic Orchestra meeting Portico Quartet meeting Bjork again.       Snowpoet – “Roots”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: River Tiber – “Hypnotized”

  Ever since first hearing “Acid Test” I knew River Tiber was one to watch.      Here the Toronto multi-instrumentalist returns with “Hypnotized” and a prelude of sorts, “Rainbow Road.”   Complete… Continue reading

Dan Digs Top 30 Remixes of 2020

  Jordan Rakei, Terrace Martin, Floating Points, Makaya McCraven, Bonobo, Four Tet, and many more all feature in my 30 favorite remixes from the year 2020.         30. Fran &… Continue reading

Dan Digs Top 30 Albums of 2020

  Thundercat, The Vision, Nubya Garcia, Somni, Jay Electronica, Fabiano do Nascimento, Bibio, Photay, Wilma Archer, and many more all are present and correct in my 30 favorite albums from the year 2020.… Continue reading

Dan Digs Top 100 Tracks of 2020

  Cleo Sol, Gabriels, Moses Boyd, Arlo Parks, Thundercat, Photay, Jorja Smith, SAULT, plus many more all created the most magnificent sounds this year.         Here are my favorite one hundred… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Salami Rose Joe Louis – “Peculiar Machine” (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix)

  Georgia Anne Muldrow brings a cosmic hip-hop and glimmering galactic funk uplift to her reimagining of the heavenly “Peculiar Machine” by Brainfeeder’s Salami Rose Joe Louis.           Salami… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jordana – “Reason”

  Love everything about “Reason” by Kansas musician Jordana, including, but not limited to, that crispy drum loop, those piano chords, that textured bass, those reversed strings in the chorus, and Jordana’s hushed, calming vocals.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Christmas Time Is Here”

  All I want for Christmas is another Hiatus Kaiyote album.   But I’m 1000% here for Hiatus Guaraldi.       Those wondrous vocals from Nai. And those strings.     Hiatus… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Harrison – “Around You” (Last Gang Records)

  This new electronic jazz shuffle from Toronto’s Harrison sparkles and shines.       Harrison – “Around You”         “Around You” is out now on Last Gang Records.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Soft Glas – “Cyclones”

  Equal parts emo and bedroom-produced hip-hop beats.       Brooklyn-via-Cuba’s Joao Gonzalez is Soft Glas.      His latest song, “Cyclones,” contains approximately 7,000 genres.     Soft Glas – “Cyclones”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Taylor McFerrin ft Marcus Gilmore – “Chance to Say My Piece”

  This mellow jazz is most needed.       Love those drums courtesy of Marcus Gilmore.     Taylor McFerrin ft Marcus Gilmore – “Chance to Say My Piece”      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bloody White – “I’m Busy”

  Santa Barbara future pop in the vein of Photay.        Bloody White – “I’m Busy”       “I’m Busy” is out now. Get it here.        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Babe Rainbow – “Zeitgeist” (Eureka Records)

  Slinky indie from Toronto’s Babe Rainbow that sounds like Alexis from Hot Chip jamming with early Vampire Weekend.       Babe Rainbow – “Zeitgeist”           “Zeitgeist” is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mara TK (formerly of Electric Wire Hustle) ft Xenia Manasseh) – “Met At The River” (Extra Soul Perception Records)

  Aotearoa-Nairobi soul.        Love this piano-led slow groove from the Maori-Scottish musician Mara TK, formerly of Electric Wire Hustle, and Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter Xenia Manasseh.     Mara TK ft Xenia… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Timmy Holiday – The Boy With the Glitch In His Head (Full Album)

  Donuts from Dublin.       Way into this tape from Timmy Holiday of woozy, glitched-out, off-kilter beats.     Timmy Holiday – The Boy With the Glitch In His Head (Full… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: KerenDun from Buttering Trio – “Afternoon” (Raw Tapes Records)

  Soulful jazz from Tel Aviv’s KerenDun, one third of Buttering Trio.       KerenDun – “Afternoon”             “Afternoon” is out now via Raw Tapes Records.   … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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