Diggin’ This: The Psychedelic Freaks aka Horatio Luna – “To The Funk Valley”

  Melbourne’s Horatio Luna, a founding member of 30/70 Collective, lays on the 70s funk fusion thick with his new alias The Psychedelic Freaks.       The Psychedelic Freaks – “To The Funk… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Khruangbin’s What’s In My Bag? for Amoeba Music (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.               Everyone’s favorite Texan global funk trio reps Houston heavy in their picks for Amoeba Music’s legendary What’s In My Bag?… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Laure Briard – “Respire”

  Psychedelic bossa nova pop from Toulouse, France.       Laure Briard – “Respire”           “Respire” is taken from Laura Briard’s new album, Eu Voo, out now. Get it here.  … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Africa Hitech’s Set for XLR8R from November 29, 2011 (DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a DJ mix.               Listen to this scintillating blend by the digital dons Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek for the XLR8R podcast back in 2011 that… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Madlib and Kaytranada Go Record Shopping in Pitchfork’s Driven by Sound Documentary (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.           “Sometimes I’ll take a year off and just listen to music” – Madlib     Driven by Sound is a new two-part… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sofia Kourtesis – “La Perla” (Technicolour Records)

  Ascendant house rhythms filled with life-giving synth progressions from Berlin-based Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis.       Sofia Kourtesis – “La Perla”         “La Perla” is taken from Sofia… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Somni ft Duren – “Always” (Friends of Friends) (Official Video)

  Woozy, off-kilter, and birdsong-rich.       “Always,” the brand new track from LA-via-UK musician Somni, sounds glorious.     Somni ft Duren – “Always” (Video by Mitch Pond)      … Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs – “Autumn Light”

  Been listening to bunch of Martyn, Joy Orbison, dBridge, Mala, and other future garage goodness from 2009.       Dan Digs – “Autumn Light”           Listen to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fable – “Orbiting” (Naim Records)

  Currently very much into “Orbiting” by Brighton, UK’s Fable, which sounds like a mellower, psychedelic Portishead, especially when that delightfully frayed electric guitar comes in.       Fable – “Orbiting”    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: FYI Chris – “No Sun” (Black Acre Records) (Official Video)

  Spacey, psychedelic beat science from London duo FYI Chris (aka Chris Coupe and Chris Watson) that veers through house, Jersey club, and drum ‘n’ bass.       FYI Chris – “No Sun”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Woom – “Prototype/Limit to Your Love” (Outkast/James Blake Cover)

  Incredibly celestial.       Simply stunned by these four voices from London covering quite possibly my favorite Outkast song and quite possibly my favorite James Blake song (which is in itself… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Moses Boyd ft Katy B – “2 Far Gone” (Vocal Mix) (Exodus Records)

  One of the strongest tracks on my 4th favorite album of 2020 gets the vocal remix treatment from none other than Katy B.       Katy’s vocals blend perfectly with this uptempo… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Eleeza Silva – “DNTGETUSE2ME” (Ciudad Records)

  “DNTGETUSE2ME” is a vibey vintage organ-led R&B concoction from Chicago’s Eleeza Silva.       Eleeza Silva – “DNTGETUSE2ME”         “DNTGETUSE2ME” is out now via Ciudad Records. Get it here.… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 27 – New Music from Anushka, Arlo Parks, UNKLE, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shadeemus, Anchorsong, Brijean, Breach, DJ Spinna, Logic1000, Mark de Clive-Lowe – Phil Asher Tribute – Special Guest: Natalie Slade

  Show number 27!         LOOPS + DOTS is my monthly two-hour radio show on Dublab in Los Angeles.      It’s everything I’m into right now in the worlds of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mackenzie Morris – “Sunset Plaza” (Official Video)

  Very into “Sunset Plaza” by 20-year-old LA-via-UK musician Mackenzie Morris.       It’s a sun-bleached and subtle chilled indie-soul blur that sounds like mhmm mhmm mhmm.         Bonus… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Afternoon Bike Ride – “Couch Party” (Friends of Friends)

  The Montreal trio’s two-word bio on their SoundCloud describes Afternoon Bike Ride‘s sound perfectly: warm vulnerability.       Afternoon Bike Ride – “Couch Party”                … Continue reading

History Repeating: Sandy Bull – “Blend” (1963)

  Welcome to my new feature, History Repeating, where I highlight the incredibly special songs of yesteryear that have recently surfaced in a recent radio show or DJ mix or compilation or TV… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Danalogue & Alabaster dePlume on The Echo Chamber with Mike D on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.                 I’m a regular listener to Mike D’s Apple Music 1 show, The Echo Chamber.     This is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tom VR – “Fast Track To Bliss” (InterGraded Records)

  Very into this 7-minute bubblin’ builder from the Manchester, UK producer.       Tom VR – “Fast Track To Bliss”         “Fast Track To Bliss” is taken from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Galcher Lustwerk – “Warming Up” (Ghostly International)

  A mellow-beyond-words house set starter.       Galcher Lustwerk – “Warming Up”                 “Warming Up” is taken from the NYC-via-Cleveland artist’s latest release, Information… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Nick Hakim on NTS Radio – January 29, 2021 (Radio Show DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a radio show.                 Essential through and through, from the muted digital funk of the James River outtake of D’Angelo’s “1,000 Deaths” to the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Puma Blue – “Super Soft” (Blue Flowers Music)

  If we could be still… just for a minute.       “Super Soft” is my favorite track from the brand new album, In Praise of Shadows, by South London’s Puma Blue.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Raquel Martins – “Freedom”

  London-via-Porto, Portugal singer-songwriter Raquel Martins emailed me with “I sell nu-jazz burritos” in the subject line and as such, dear reader, I opened that email faster than a hummingbird beats its wings.… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz Mixtape from January 23, 1992 (DJ Mix)

  A recommended gem of a DJ mix.               Vintage.     A recently unearthed mix of hip-hop and downtempo beats direct from cassette courtesy of Mark Farina… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hether – “Morning Bells” (Ear Slime Records)

  Hether is LA-via-San Diego’s Paul Castelluzzo, who has toured with Romeo Santos’ live band and has played guitar on The Free Nationals’ “Time” and Anderson .Paak’s “King James.”       “Morning… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: 9th Wonder & Bob James In Conversation (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.             Buhdum-bum-bumbah-dah-dum.     (That’s the “Nautilus” bass line, from the track of the same name by Bob James, also known as… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs – “Jacaranda”

  Starting a new genre: sunrise broken beat.       Bonobo meets St Germain at CoOp.     Dan Digs – “Jacaranda” dan digs · Dan Digs – Jacaranda      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cool Sounds – “Crimson Mask”

  If you woke up this morning in the mood for some Velvet Underground-ish alt-country from Melbourne, Australia that sounds like it could be a weirdo Beck b-side that namechecks “millennial normcore” (it… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Phil Taggart Talks to MJ Cole (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast.           Northern Irish DJ and broadcaster Phil Taggart hosts the Slacker podcast, a deep dive into musical history and journey of the UK’s biggest… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Izy – “No Further Than You” (Hopestreet Recordings)

  Honestly, at this point I reckon about a good 26% of this entire website just focuses on music from Melbourne, Australia.   And I’m not mad about it.   Not mad at… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Blake Mills & Pino Palladino ft Chris Dave & Sam Gendel – “Just Wrong” (Impulse! Records)

  Blake Mills and Pino Palladino!   With Chris Dave on drums!   And Sam Gendel on sax!       A 4min 44sec luminous jazz excursion that wanders with curiosity and swells… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “Middle Of Nowhere”

  Tim Bettinson returns with “Middle of Nowhere,” an acoustic-led gossamer folk imagination with flecks of plucked banjo and pedal steel washes to give it that cosmic country glimmer.       Vancouver… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Thee Sacred Souls – “It’s Our Love” (Penrose Records) (Official Video)

  Laid-back San Diego jazz-soul courtesy of Daptone’s new imprint, Penrose Records.       Thee Sacred Souls – “It’s Our Love” (Official Video)           Get “It’s Our Love”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kerri – “Self”

  Textured late-night R&B from the 21-year-old Montreal artist.       I’m all about that guitar that comes in at 1:54.     Kerri – “Self”           “Self”… Continue reading

Podcast: Backstage (At Home) with Dan Digs – Episode 5: Natalie Slade

  Backstage with Dan Digs is back!    We’re remixing it up for 2021 with new and very special “at home” editions!       For episode 5 I had a chat “backstage”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Madlib – “Dirtknock” (Madlib Invazion)

  Really looking forward to this new Madlib album.       The forthcoming LP is edited, arranged, and mastered by Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet.     Says Kieran, “We decided to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Alfa Mist – “Run Outs” (Anti- Records)

  East London jazz that’s so mellow it leaves you in mid-air.       Alfa Mist – “Run Outs”           “Run Outs” is taken from Alfa Mist’s forthcoming… Continue reading

Dan Digs 2021 Essentials

  Updated every Monday.         An ongoing playlist of 2021’s very best music.     If you dig the leftfield beats, electronic soul, and experimental sounds of artists like SAULT,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Grandbrothers – “Shorelines”

  Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel are the Turkish-German/Swiss duo Grandbrothers.       Piano-led pulsing electronic beats.     Grandbrothers – “Shorelines”                   “Shorelines”… Continue reading

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

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 26 – New Music from Madlib, Four Tet, Gabriels, Nathan Salsburg, Athlete Whippet, Sweatson Klank, STUFF., Mocky + MF DOOM Tribute

  Show number 26!         LOOPS + DOTS is back with the first episode of 2021!   Now extended to two hours!   An 120-minute blend of my favorite tracks of the week… 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

Recommended Gem: Everything Questlove Does In A Day (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.         When Questlove said “I make sure no day goes by where I don’t discover 100 new songs,”     I felt that.  … 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

Videos I’m Diggin’: Watch My Top 5 Live Music Moments

  On this New Year’s Day, and indeed every New Year’s Day, I am reminded of one of my very favorite clips on YouTube which takes place on New Year’s Day.    … 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