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

Diggin’ This: Horace Andy – “Safe From Harm” (Massive Attack Cover) (On-U Sound)

  Probably the most satisfying bass melody in existence.       Horace Andy‘s voice is unparalleled.   I mean, what would “One Love“ be without the vocals of the Kingston, Jamaica musical… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Dan Charnas – Dilla Time (Book)

  A recommended gem of a book.         Could not put this one down.        An all-encompassing study of the life and times of James Dewitt Yancey by Dan… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chronixx – “Never Give Up” (Produced by Inflo) (Forever Living Originals)

  One of my favorite tracks of 2022 so far.       Dean Josiah Cover, better known as Inflo (producer to Little Simz, Michael Kiwanuka, Cleo Sol, and more), has teamed up… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Braxe & Falcon – “Creative Source” (Smugglers Way/Domino)

  I’m going to need an 11-minute So Much Love to Give-ish 128bpm house remix of this.       French Touch artisans Alain Quême and his younger cousin Stéphane, better known as… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The IgG Band – “IgG Theme” (Kalita Records)

  A disco-soul-funk rarity.        Thrilled to hear the celebratory and party-starting groove of “IgG Theme” by the IgG Band, who formed in March 1979 while they were students at Meharry… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hidden Spheres – “Euan 92” (Rhythm Section)

  Lose yourself in this piano-heavy ravey gravy business.       Nothing but euphoric 90s house feelings from Manchester, UK producer and DJ Tom Harris aka Hidden Spheres, which I first heard… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: ドロステのはてで僕ら (Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes) (Film)

  A recommended gem of a film.           Absolutely loved this mind-bending feature-length Japanese time travel comedy-drama that was shot entirely in one take.    Starring Kazunari Tosa and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Danielle Ponder – “So Long” (Future Classic)

  Powerful soul from Rochester, NY’s Danielle Ponder.       Love the interplay of that winding bass, those organ keys, and that heavy kick drum around Danielle’s fantastically fiery vocal performance.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jimpster ft Oliver Night – “Ascension”

  Late night UK soul from the Freerange label boss Jamie Odell aka Jimpster.       Featuring the talents of British vocalist Oliver Night, “Ascension” is a piano-propelled R&B move for the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: ABUNAI ft Glenn Astro – “Falling Forwards” (Tartelet Records)

  Glacial vocals meet a frenetic yet chilled beat.       Into this new single from Oakland, California musician ABUNAI (translated as “dangerous” in Japanese) which features Berlin’s Glenn Astro.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: José González – “El Invento” (Sofia Kourtesis Remix)

  A percussive reimagining of the Swedish singer-songwriter’s original.       Drums that sway in the sunshine.     José González – “El Invento” (Sofia Kourtesis Remix)          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Red Room” (Nick Hakim Remix) (Brainfeeder)

  A remix to make you feel like you’re inside a flower.       Nick Hakim dials up the mellow on “Red Room,” turning it into a sunsetter with streaks of scorching electric… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: soullette (소울렛) – “Sagwa”

  Future soul from Seoul.       “Sagwa” from South Korea’s soullette (소울렛) is a vivacious pop-R&B bounce.     soullette (소울렛) – “Sagwa”           “Sagwa” is taken… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lenna Bahule – “Eu Quero Ser” (New Sector Movements Remix) (Da Lata Music)

  IG Culture dons his New Sector Movements guise for this monstrously good bruk bounce rework of “Eu Quero Ser” by Brazil-via-Mozambique’s Lenna Bahule.       (If you love this track like… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fatima & Joe Armon-Jones – “#1” (Aquarii Records) (Official Video)

  Cruisin’.       Love this easy Sunday morning soul with a sliding beat from two of my favorite London-based artists: Fatima and Joe Armon-Jones.     Huge fan of that wandering… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kid Bloom – “Does It Feel Real” (Position Music)

  Scintillating disco-funk meets the pop-rock soundtrack from an 80s movie courtesy of Los Angeles musician Kid Bloom.       Love that guitar solo.      Kid Bloom – “Does It Feel Real”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: tinyumbrellas – “Please Don’t Make This Weird”

  Ukelele-driven bedroom pop.       “Please Don’t Make This Weird” is some delicate folk from England’s tinyumbrellas that combines the softly spoken vocals of Arlo Parks with the playful melodies of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nanna.B ft Raphael Saadiq – “Too Much”

  Piano-led R&B from the Danish singer-songwriter and the legendary Raphael Saadiq.        I recognize that snare and deliciously sharp hi-hat from Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” which Raphael Saadiq also… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Laundromat – “Combo” (Brace Yourself Records)

  A slinky indie groove.       Love this latest one from Brighton, UK musician Toby Hayes aka Laundromat.      “Combo” recalls the alt-90s audio aesthetics of Luscious Jackson and the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Telephone Man – “Angel” (Tropic of Love)

  Library music blended with a Salsoul sensibility.       Telephone Man is Nostalgia 77 aka Benedic Lamdin and DrumTalk aka Nathaniel Pearn.   “Angel” began by the duo diving into the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Immy Owusu – “Mantra” (Hopestreet)

  Highlife meets psychedelic soul.       “Mantra,” the latest single from Torquay, Australia’s Immy Owusu, is a carefree coastal breeze.     Immy Owusu – “Mantra”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kokoroko – “Something’s Going On” (Brownswood)

  West African rhythms fused with grooves straight from the Funkadelic mothership.       “Something’s Going On” by the London eight-piece is some gloriously fuzzed funk.     Kokoroko – “Something’s Going… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sunflower Thieves – “I Don’t Know Why”

  A pathos-led, ethereal acoustic folk number from Leeds, UK duo Sunflower Thieves, whose 16-year friendship is evident through the effortless and knowing way their vocal harmonies meld together.       Love… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sampha – “In-Between and Overseas” (Young Records)

  Previously only available on the Japanese edition of Sampha’s Process, which was my number one album of 2017.       Brimming with vulnerability and emotion, “In-Between and Overseas” will comfort you.… Continue reading