Diggin’ This: Theo Croker ft Malaya – “Happy Feet (For Dancers)” (Official Video)

  Who else wants to head to Palm Springs for some poolside dancing?       Love this brand new bumpin’ soul-jazz from Theo Croker and Malaya.     Theo Croker ft Malaya… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lady Blackbird – “Ruler Of My Heart”

  Los Angeles artist Lady Blackbird turns in a stunning, stunning cover of the Irma Thomas classic.       Also of note on Lady Blackbird‘s new album is “Fix It,” an impressive… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pell ft Malik Ninety Five – “Silly Phone”

  The New Orleans artist and founding member of the NOLA hip-hop collective GLBL WRMNG returns with a brand new mixtape.       “Silly Phone” is my favorite song from the project.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kid Apollo – “Let Go Of Things I Said” (Sweat Entertainment) (Official Video)

  Twin brothers (and producers) Felix and Theo Ratigan plus singer and producer Jimmy HM are the Brixton, London trio Kid Apollo.       “Let Go Of Things I Said” is their… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Little Simz – “Two Worlds Apart” (Age 101)

  Sampling “The Agony and the Ecstasy” by Smokey Robinson and featuring production assistance from Dean Josiah “Inflo” Cover, “Two Worlds Apart” is a mellow and golden UK hip-hop cut.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Elf Tranzporter ft Rayjah45 – “Soul Step” (Produced by Clever Austin aka Perrin Moss from Hiatus Kaiyote) (Inner Tribe Records)

  Step to this.       Melbourne MC Elf Tranzporter, a co-founder of MetaBass’n’Breath, one of Australia’s very best underground hip-hop collectives from back in the day, has linked with Sydney-based reggae… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Men I Trust – “Serenade of Water”

  Aqueous and washed out indie-jazz-hop from the Montreal trio.       Cannot get enough of that beat.     Men I Trust – “Serenade of Water”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sleepy Soul – “Be Near”

  Far nearer.       Nick Hummel and Michael LeFevre are Sleepy Soul, a duo from St. Louis and Minneapolis.     “Be Near” is lighthearted yet yearning indie-pop that’s as colorful… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cleo Sol – “Spirit” (Forever Living Originals)

  Veering in more of a 70s soul and gospel direction than her previous work, Cleo Sol‘s latest album, Mother, takes cues from Joni Mitchell and Rotary Connection and fuses the signature sounds… Continue reading

Song Premiere: Mid Ground ft LADYKING – “Love Will Always Catch You”

  Caught up in this one.       Extremely excited to present the premiere of “Love Will Always Catch You” from the English-Australian duo Mid Ground, otherwise known as Ally McMahon and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Joy Orbison ft Léa Sen – “Better” (Hinge Finger/XL Recordings)

  I remember talking with Machinedrum on Dublab radio a while back about the transcendent power over dancefloors worldwide of Joy Orbison‘s early breakout hit, “Hyph Mngo.”       If you’ve heard… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brandee Younger – “Tickled Pink” (Verve Records)

  Dreamy jazz from renowned New York harpist Brandee Younger.       Brandee Younger – “Tickled Pink”             “Tickled Pink” is out now via Verve Records.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: HORRSE – “Queen of Roses” (TUTL Records)

  Faroese folk from Ragnar Finsson.       Love love love those keys at 1min 44sec.     HORRSE – “Queen of Roses”             “Queen of Roses”… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Sasha in the Lab at Mixmag London (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.       This is why he’s one of the best to ever do it.     A seamless, smooth-as-butter mix of a carefully curated set of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oscar Jerome & Ben Hauke – “No Need”

  A light and airy house-inspired song session drizzled with jazz guitar runs from two of London’s best.       Oscar Jerome & Ben Hauke – “No Need”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Di Melo – “A Vida Em Seus Métodos Diz Calma” (Aroop Roy Rework)

  A sunny, joyous house stomp.       A thoroughly enjoyable reimagining of Di Melo’s song from 1975 by the London producer Aroop Roy.     Perfect for summer dancefloors.    … Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 33 – New Music from Nao, Nightmares on Wax, Arlo Parks, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bathe, James Alexander Bright, quickly quickly, Arjuna Oakes & Serebii, Likwid Continual Space Motion, Machinedrum

  Show number 33!         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: Silas Short – “Queen of Paisley” (Stones Throw)

  Spare, soulful R&B from the Chicago-via-Milwaukee artist Silas Short.       It’s all about those airy harmonies, those subaqueous guitar notes, and that barely-there beat.     Silas Short – “Queen… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snowy – “Whatever You Want”

  Hushed, meandering experimental folk from Melbourne, Australia.       Love how the guitars slowly morph from nylon acoustic pickings into slow electrified flashes.     Snowy – “Whatever You Want”  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Arlo Parks – “Too Good” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)

  A dream pairing.       Arlo’s signature vocals blended with UMO’s signature guitar tones is too, too good.     Arlo Parks – “Too Good” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nu Genea ft Célia Kameni – “Marechià” (NG Records)

  One for the height of summer.       Naples, Italy duo Nu Genea have joined forces with French singer Célia Kameni for “Marechià,” an easy breeze of piano-led poolside disco that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: La Luz – “Watching Cartoons” (Produced by Adrian Younge) (Hardly Art)

  Shana Cleveland (guitar), Alice Sandahl (keyboards), and Lena Simon (bass) are La Luz.   Adrian Younge brings his unmistakeable production flair to “Watching Cartoons,” the latest song from the Seattle trio.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Seshen – “Dive” (Salami Rose Joe Louis Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

  Salami Rose Joe Louis turns in an ethereal, choral, and downright delightful rework of The Seshen’s “Dive” that gently grooves with an uptempo dub-influenced beat and lightly fizzes with digitized storms from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Likwid Continual Space Motion aka IG Culture – “Let Me” (Xtra Brux Remix) (CoOp Presents)

  Long live the bruk.       Love everything about this tough broken beat remix of LCSM’s “Let Me” by Sheffield, UK producer Xtra Brux.     Especially that upward bouncing bass… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Arjuna Oakes & Serebii – “Even When You’re Gone” (Innovative Leisure)

  Both based in Wellington, New Zealand, Arjuna Oakes and Serebii (aka Callum Mower) have teamed up to create “Even When You’re Gone,” a delicate, flute-led, wooden-and-watered ode to finding strength in love.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bathe – “Sundress” (Good Energy Recordings) (Official Video)

  Dev and Corey are the Brooklyn duo Bathe.       Their latest creation, “Sundress,” is a relaxed R&B sunsetter that sways like ocean waves.     Says Corey, “Sundress is about… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 32 – New Music from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hailu Mergia, Stone Giants aka Amon Tobin, Kiefer, SAULT, BadBadNotGood, Little Dragon, Jordan Rakei, Dego, Khruangbin & Quantic, Jungle, PinkPantheress – Special Guest: Sampology

  Show number 32!         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: Miryam Solomon – “Pushing the Tide” (Albert’s Favourites)

  Rhythmic percussion interlaced with rich layered vocals from the London-via-Sweden-via-Eritrea artist.       Says Solomon, “Pushing the tide is a jigsaw of small things that have stayed with me, like the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Glass Beams – “Rattlesnake” (Research Records)

  Psychedelic Indian-influenced disco from Melbourne, Australia.       Says Glass Beams – “My father was born in India and moved here when he was 17, and after recalling this memory I… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Holy Hive – “Ain’t That The Way” (Big Crown Records)

  After meeting on a farm in Minnesota, drummer Homer Steinweiss (he’s played for Lady Gaga, Adele, and Bruno Mars) and singer Paul Spring recruited Joe Harrison to form Holy Hive, a New… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: The Avalanches Talk About Their Favorite Samples for Pitchfork’s Under the Influences Series (Video)

  A recommended gem of a sample masterclass.       Come for the J Dilla love, stay for the smorgasbord of horse whinnies.       💎            … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: 安部勇磨 Yuma Abe – おまえも “Omaemo” (Thaian Records) (Official Video)

  のんき.       Featuring Devendra Banhart on guitar and mixed by none other than Haruomi Hosono, “Omaemo” is a carefree yet melancholic breeze from the Tokyo musician who also fronts the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Weekend Run”

  I mean, he’s pretty much a Known Mortal Orchestra at this point.       Portland, Oregon-via-New Zealand’s Ruban Nielson aka Unknown Mortal Orchestra returns with “Weekend Run,” an airy ode to… Continue reading

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

  It’s here.       Shrouded in mystery (although we’re pretty sure, nay, almost certain it’s Cleo Sol and Inflo), the known unknown group SAULT return with Nine, their latest album that’s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Raffy Bushman – “Abraham”

  Athletic piano that runs, leaps, and dives over and under staccato drums courtesy of the London-based pianist and composer.       Raffy Bushman – “Abraham”         “Abraham” is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brittany Howard – “Tomorrow” (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix) (ATO Records)

  BBNG add the ride cymbals and squiggly orchestral grooves to BH.       Brittany Howard – “Tomorrow” (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix)         “Tomorrow” (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix) is taken from Brittany Howard‘s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Helado Negro – “Gemini and Leo” (Private Energy/4AD)

  Roberto Carlos Lange returns with “Gemini and Leo,” a slow slice of indie-disco buoyed by a rubbery bass guitar line that closes with a chorus of rich solo’d strings.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Duo Brothers – “Cookie Stars” (Raw Tapes)

  Tel Aviv’s Duo Brothers (which, conveniently, happen to be a duo) make Khruangbin-ish weightless instrumental psychedelia.       Duo Brothers – “Cookie Stars”         “Cookie Stars” is taken… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sandunes ft Half Waif – “Shadow” (!K7 Records)

  Mumbai’s Sandunes has teamed up with Half Waif for “Shadow,” a mood-soaked uptempo club cut that pairs a Kate Bush-esque vocal with shining synths and bouncing bass.       Sandunes ft… Continue reading

Podcast: Backstage (At Home) with Dan Digs – Episode 7: Rosie Frater-Taylor

  Come backstage and meet Rosie Frater-Taylor!       London jazz-folk artist Rosie Frater-Taylor recently joined me for a chat backstage (at home).     We talked about her favorite venue to… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 31 – New Music from Greentea Peng, Mocky, Brainstory, Hiatus Kaiyote, Wayne Snow, Peggy Gou, Quantic – Special Guest: Rosie Frater-Taylor

  Show number 31!         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: Passersby – “Franny”

  “Franny,” by Dublin’s Diarmuid O’Connor aka Passersby, is a muted yet bubbling cut of mellow, modern bedroom folktronica.       Blissful.     Passersby – “Franny”         “Franny”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lindsay Jarman – “Rue Collective”

  Unhurried yet imbued with feeling, new song “Rue Collective” is an Americana-jazz blend from Atlanta’s Lindsay Jarman.       Lindsay Jarman – “Rue Collective”         “Rue Collective” is… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Mndsgn Play Live in Los Angeles (Video)

  Featuring an all-star line-up.              A captivating performance from Ringgo Ancheta aka Mndsgn that also features some of L.A.’s finest: Kiefer on keys, Swarvy on bass, and Devin… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tiawa – “Sonhos Cor De Rosa” (Tru Thoughts)

  Into the Portuguese folk-soul-meets-90s-hip-hop of “Sonhos Cor De Rosa” from Brighton, UK’s Tiawa.       Tiawa – “Sonhos Cor De Rosa”         “Sonhos Cor De Rosa” is taken… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sunjacket – “Machine”

  Bryan Kveton, Carl Hauck, Garret Bodette are Sunjacket, an alt-indie electronic trio from Chicago.       “Machine” is my favorite song from their new album. It’s an energetic, uptempo drum ‘n’… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Seinabo Sey ft Hannes – “Rom-Com”

  Love this cool summer breeze of a song from Sweden’s Seinabo Sey featuring additional vocals from Hannes.       It’s all about that third piano chord on the chorus.     … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Archie the Goldfish – “First Light” (Funkiwala Records)

  Channel: Orange.       Archie the Goldfish is a project from London trumpet player Graeme Flowers and the Finland-based guitarist Chris Bestwick.     Featuring Nadia Basurto on vocals, Aidan Thorne… Continue reading

Listen back to the 2021 Dublab Membership Drive Finale – New Music from Mdou Moctar, Tirzah, black midi, Sir Was, Sam Evian, Secret Night Gang, Villagers

  A special one-hour show celebrating the 2021 Dublab Membership Drive finale!         Featuring my favorite new songs from Mdou Moctar, Tirzah, black midi, Sir Was, Sam Evian, Secret Night… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Watch Grandbrothers Play Live From A French Swimming Pool (Video)

  Magnifique.             Immerse yourself in the piano-drenched sounds of the German duo à la Piscine Tournesol courtesy of ARTE Concert.      Grandbrothers – Live From A French… Continue reading