Category Archive: Videos I’m Diggin’

Diggin’ This: Laser Background (Andy Molholt from Speedy Ortiz) – “Wasting Away” (Official Video)

  Cannot stop pirouetting to this technicolor, tropical indie bop from Philly musician and Speedy Ortiz guitarist Andy Molholt, otherwise known as Laser Background.       Shades of Pond psychedelia meet 60s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Teddy Obot – “Amnesia” (The Function Records) (Live Video)

  May the falsetto be with you.       Huge fan of this one-take low-lit late-in-the-evening live video of “Amnesia,” the latest single from rising LA-via-Nigeria future soul artist Teddy Obot.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: James Alexander Bright – “Mallorca” (!K7 Records) (Official Video)

  Bright is right.       UK musician James Alexander Bright was formerly known as Hairy Hands. His album Magic, released via the esteemed New Los Angeles label, was number 18 in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Astronauts, Etc – “The Border” (Co-Produced by Toro Y Moi) (Company Records) (Official Video)

  Underpinned by a late 60s rubbery bassline noodle that could easily be from an Adrian Younge production, “The Border” by Oakland musician and Toro Y Moi‘s touring keyboardist Anthony Ferraro, otherwise known… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jungle – “House in LA” (XL Recordings)

  A marked change from Jungle‘s earlier work, “House in LA” sees the London outfit step back the tempo and offer up a sun-bleached and and soulful R&B vista complete with sweeping synths,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Octavian – “Hands” (Drilla Records) (Official Video)

  On “Hands,” France-via-London’s Octavian blends the restless experimentation of Kanye West, the emotional Auto-Tuned hymnary of Bon Iver, and the fearless production of James Blake, resulting in instantly becoming one of my… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kuzich ft Mei Saraswati – “Innervisions” (Ta-ku’s 823 Records) (Official Video)

  Perth musician, drummer for Ta-ku, and Aristophanes collaborator Sam Kuzich has released the first single from his latest EP, Dawn Chorus, via Ta-ku’s newly minted 823 Records.       Featuring the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fieh – “Glu” (Vibbefanger Records) (Official Video)

  Stuck on “Glu.”       22-year-old Norwegian musician Sofie Tollefsbøl and her 9-piece band make music as Fieh. Their latest track is irresistible from the start, with ascending horn lines, jazz… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Zephyr Bones – “Telephone” (La Castanya Records) (Official Video)

  Chileans Brian Silva and Jossip Tkalcic came all the way to Barcelona to meet Carlos Ramos and Marc López and form the Zephyr Bones, a band who specialize in crafting exquisite and lazy psychedelic… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Miink – “Who Are You?” (Official Video)

  Whooo are youuu?       Equal parts JMSN and Jai Paul, I’m utterly entranced by this debut single from 23-year-old London musician Miink, with its ethereal chimes, snare snaps, bass murmurs,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fatima – “Somebody Else” (Produced by JD. Reid) (Official Video)

  Completely in love with this beat.       London-via-Stockholm singer Fatima returns to Eglo Records with “Somebody Else,” a collaboration with London producer JD. Reid that features razor-sharp drums, fractured digital… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sudan Archives – “Water” (Stones Throw Records) (Official Video)

  Handclaps, finger snaps, meandering bass drones, plucked strings, and soothing vocals make up the entirety of Sudan Archives‘ very excellent new track, “Water.”       Check out the video below, directed… Continue reading

Backstage with Dan Digs – Episode 1: James Lavelle

  Very excited to share this new TV show with you.       Backstage with Dan Digs is a new music-centric interview series set in green rooms and iconic concert venues across… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – “Be By You” (Official Video)

  The new sound of Nocturnal Djembe Beachgaze.       Very excited to announce my new music project: SUNRAYYS.     It’s a kind of Toro Y Moi meets Screamadelica-era Primal Scream… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mike Edge – “Been So Long” (Long Weekend Records) (Official Video)

  Vintage instrumentation blends with sun-stunned vocals on “Been So Long” by Los Angeles musician Mike Edge, the result of which is a grapefruit-cherry cocktail that’s part Mac DeMarco, part Ned Doheny, and all… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hunrosa – “All” (Wah Wah 45s) (Official Video)

  Manchester, UK producer Sam Vicary, otherwise known as Hunrosa, is a member of perennial DanDigs.com faves The Cinematic Orchestra and Paper Tiger.       On “All,” his debut single as Hunrosa,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gila – “Pick Six” (Deviation) (Official Video)

  On “Pick Six,” Denver producer Gila cooks up a weighty 808 beat that marches over Brothers Grimm harp breezes, clinical cowbell hits, and looped güiro scratches, the end result sounding not unlike the Nutcracker as reimagined… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Moiré ft James Massiah – “Façade” (Ghostly) (Official Video)

  Serrated snares, turbulent drum pattterns, bass boulders, and the disembodied vox of James Massiah, “Façade” by London’s Moiré is dystopian yet secretly hopeful, lo-fi, slo-techno grit-house machinery.       Track of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Yellow Days – “Your Hand Holding Mine” (Good Years) (Official Video)

  17-year-old Haslemere, England singer and producer George Van De Broek aka Yellow Days starts your weekend with “Your Hand Holding Mine,” a Lynchian lounge ode to longing and lost love, fringed with a radioactive guitar… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Archivist – “Everything is Wanted” (Official Video)

  “Everything is Wanted” by London’s Archivist is an upbeat low-key indie-funk synth-strut experiment.     Track of the day.   Archivist – “Everything is Wanted”             Archivist‘s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: WONK – “1914” (Live at Red Bull Studios Tokyo) (Video)

  My new favorite musical export from Tokyo is the experimental soul outfit WONK!       Shades of Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s, and BBNG abound; in short, all of my favorite things.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – “The Balance” (Stones Throw) (Official Video)

  Pure NYC.     An ESG-ish noodly bass dance-punk beat courtesy of Vex Ruffin with New York legend Fab 5 Freddy bringing the bars.   From the man himself, Fab 5 Freddy:   “I liked… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: LANKS – “Bitter Leaf” (Official Video)

  Melancholy you can move to.       “Bitter Leaf” by Melbourne, Australia’s LANKS is a moody, piano-led nocturnal soul cut that features handclap builds, wistful croons, and future fax machine glitch flourishes.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Awir Leon – “Sitting So High” (Official Video)

  Metronome clips and 808 claps, jazz cymbal rattles and monolithic synths.       “Sitting So High” is the magnificent new single from Amsterdam producer Awir Leon.   Track of the day.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oddisee – “Brea” (Official Video)

  A tribute to the unseen soul.       “Brea” is a laidback and breezy jazz beat instrumental that swells with a surge of monumental horns and cymbal crashes on the chorus.   Track of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gold Panda – “In My Car” (Official Video)

  Gold Panda hangs out with his grandma, visits a museum, and has a Maccy D’s in this new video for “In My Car.”       Mightily diggin’ those lush, warm, choral… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: KnoR – “Don’t Go” (Official Video)

  Zurich musician Georg Bleikolm aka KnoR is an electronic shaper.       His latest song “Don’t Go” is a textured and brooding composition with a surging, club-rooted bass and drum pattern.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: MeLo-X – “The Cure” (Official Video)

  East Flatbush, Brooklyn producer MeLo-X has a prodigious musical output; scroll through his never-ending Soundcloud page to see the extent of his work.       On his latest song, “The Cure,” a line… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Formation – “Love” (Official Video)

  Cannot stop listening to the indelible greatness that is “Love” from London brothers Will and Matt Ritson aka Formation.       Track of the day.   Formation – “Love”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nicolas Godin (from Air) – “Bach Off” (Live at Orly Ouest Airport in Paris, France) (Video)

  Filmed live at Orly Ouest, Terminal 3, last month.       If only every airport did this.   Track of the day.   Nicolas Godin – “Bach Off” (Live at Orly Ouest… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Adrian Younge ft Loren Oden – “Sittin’ By The Radio” (Official Video)

  The production expertise of Adrian Younge is unparalleled.     From the moment those carefully crafted drums kick in with a rimshot as vintage as a Kodachrome photograph of a 1967 Pontiac Firebird, from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: L’Orange & Kool Keith – “The Green Ray” (Official Video)

  Everybody’s favorite blue florist and master of raps ad absurdum Kool Keith has teamed up with North Carolina producer L’Orange to beam “The Green Ray,” a dreamy, radioactive collage of jazz, hip-hop, and 1950s television,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Luke Vibert – “Bizarster” (Official Video)

  Equal parts the cut-and-pasted-overwrought-movie-dialogue aesthetic of The Avalanches circa 2000, the jovial spirit of big beat in 1997, and the beeps and bleeps of a digitally-saturated 2015, the title track of Luke Vibert‘s latest… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Olivier St. Louis (fka Olivier Daysoul) – “Ain’t Cool” (Official Video)

  Olivier Daysoul may have changed his name to Olivier St. Louis, but he still comes correct with some of the most inventive falsetto soul out there.       The Berlin resident… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jack Garratt – “Breathe Life” (Official Video)

  Garratt once again comes up with the goods!       “Breathe Life” features more of the quality poetic lyricism we’ve come to expect from Jack, waves of synth chord pulses. an amiable shaker-stomp… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn from Sylvan Esso) – “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 (Ex-Cinematic Orchestra) 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: 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

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: 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: 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: <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

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: 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

Diggin’ This: Mocky – “Living in the Snow” (Official Lyric Video)

  Since moving to LA, it appears that Canadian songwriter and producer Mocky has missed the ice and cooler temperatures of his homeland, as the title of his brand new song “Living in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cayucas – “Moony Eyed Walrus” (Official Video)

  Santa Monica’s Cayucas sound exactly how this video looks, blending the summery, surfboard-in-hand, afro-pop-flecked indie sensibilities of Vampire Weekend’s first album with a singing style that reflects the temperate verdancy of the Pacific… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Alessia Cara – “Here” (Official Video)

  I wasn’t sure if 18-year-old singer Alessia Cara was Canadian, but then it was immediately confirmed when I heard the line “Pardon my manners, I hope you’ll understand it.”       “Here”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jesse Boykins III – “The Wonder Years” (Official Video)

  Despite being called “The Wonder Years,” this new future soul synth-simmerer from Chicago-born singer-songwriter-producer Jesse Boykins III contains approximately 0% guest raps from Fred Savage.       Big love for this one. Track of the day.  … Continue reading