Tag Archive: Best Music Blog

Diggin’ This: Hania Rani – “Hello” (Gondwana Records) (Video)

  Soulful electronic hypnosis.       Move with expressive movement to this looping low-end synth bassline from the Berlin-Warsaw pianist, composer, and musician, Hania Rani.     Check out the live performance of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pedro Martins ft Thundercat & JD Beck – “Isn’t It Strange” (Heartcore Records)

  Currently listening to this one over and over.       After collaborating with Thundercat on his 2020 cut, “It Is What It Is,” the Brazilian guitar virtuoso Pedro Martins reunites with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tapir! – “On A Grassy Knoll (We’ll Bow Together)” (Heavenly Recordings) (Video)

  Lush and tender drum-machine folk.       “On A Grassy Knoll (We’ll Bow Together)” is an instant charmer from the South London-based six-piece Tapir! (with exclamation mark!) who recently signed to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Seb Wildblood ft Lawrence – “Don’t See This” (All My Thoughts/!K7 Records)

  The latest from the London producer.       New song “Don’t See This” is a new collaboration between producers Seb Wildblood and Lawrence.     Featuring vocal reflections from Amanda Alexander,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jungle – “Dominoes” (Caiola Records) (Video)

  Just in time for summer.       One of my favorite Jungle tracks to date, “Dominoes” could be a lost Avalanches b-side with its ooze of infinite oohs, pitched-up vocal samples,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Immy Owusu – “What a Love” (Hopestreet Recordings)

  Introducing the “Lo-Fi Highlife” sound.       Recalling the music of William Onyeabor and the modern cinematic soul of Surprise Chef, “What a Love” by the Melbourne, Australia artist Immy Owusu… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Memory Of Jane – “So Pacific” (Blue Flowers) (Video)

  Subdued electronic soul with a pulsating beat.       “So Pacific” is the latest release from Memory of Jane, otherwise known as Maïlé Doremus-Cook, a South London artist who grew up… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cantrips – “The Big Break” (Dune Castle Records)

  Heavy psychedelic funk from Melbourne.       Taking cues from the visionary David Axelrod and his group, The Electric Prunes, Patrick Ryan aka Cantrips‘ latest cut is a weighty cinematic library… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Micatone – “Where Do You Belong?” (Sonar Kollektiv)

  I first got switched on to Micatone when I heard the mellifluous “Sweet Child” on a mix CD that Gilles Peterson put together for Muzik magazine back in 2003.   (The track,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hector Morlet – “We’re So Tight It Hurts”

  Quite possibly the slipperiest bassline in existence.       The latest single from Perth, Western Australia’s Hector Morlet marries the stratospheric falsetto of Toro Y Moi with the charming lo-fi indie-pop… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: 26fix – “Stone Killer” (MakeOutMusic Records)

  Can’t believe that an artist sounding this accomplished has only three previous singles to her name.       Having supported Alvvays and The Marias while playing in another band last year,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Until the Ribbon Breaks ft Lucius – “Everything Else But Rain” (VERO/Venice Music) (Video)

  The first single in five years from the Welsh musician and creative.       Pete Lawrie Winfield, the mind behind Until the Ribbon Breaks, has teamed up with the band Lucius… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Flourish & Jack Howard – “Words Can’t Describe” (Zimbo Records)

  “That’s the one, that’s the one!” is the last thing you hear during the closing moments of this new single from Hertfordshire, UK musician Michael Keefe aka Flourish and Jack Howard.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: SBTRKT ft Sampha & George Riley – “L.F.O.” (Save Yourself/AWAL)

  A Low Frequency Oscillation theory.       Over bouncing synth stabs and bass waves, SBTRKT and Sampha, responsible for some of the best collaborative tracks across the 2010s electronic soul spectrum,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ruti – “Luh Luh Love” (PMR Records) (Video)

  British bossa-neo-soul.       After winning The Voice UK in 2018, Essex’s Ruti Olajugbagbe has returned with two new singles for 2023: “So Much More,” a collaboration with Jordan Rakei, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lady Wray – “Joy & Pain” (Pete Rock Remix) (Big Crown Records)

  Rebooting the golden soul of the original with delayed piano keys and a toughened hip-hop beat.       Love Pete Rock‘s recreation of the Virginia-born, Atlanta-based artist and former Missy Elliot… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: The New York Times Presents The Legacy of J Dilla (Video)

  A recommended gem of a music documentary.       It’s kinda weird that one of the best, most well-produced documentaries on the prolific and beloved Detroit beatmaker and hip-hop game-changer isn’t a standalone doc,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: TOTEK (Allysha Joy & Max Dowling) – “Touchh” (Darker Than Wax)

  The project of 30/70’s Allysha Joy and Max Dowling.       “Touchh,” a new track from the Melbourne, Australia duo, is a humid and subtle slow burn that places Allysha’s standout vocals… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: quickly, quickly – “Satellite” (Ghostly International)

  Tape-delayed 60s psyche-soul from Portland, Oregon.       Graham Jonson returns with “Satellite,” an easy and buoyant tune that imagines Thundercat jamming with Tom Misch.     Love those synth squiggles… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Secret Night Gang – “Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings” (Brownswood)

  When they’re not holding the elevator door open in the chillest way possible, Callum Connell and Kemani Anderson, old school friends from Manchester, UK, are Secret Night Gang.        “Don’t… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Lahaar (Julien Dyne, Horatio Luna, Surprise Chef’s Lachlan Stuckey, Mara TK & Toby Laing) – “Doin’ It” (Soundway Records)

  Over nine minutes of boogie-jazz.       Recruiting the best and brightest from the Australian and New Zealand jazz and electronic soul scenes, The Lahaar is comprised of Horatio Luna, Julien… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Joe Nora & fantompower – “Giraffe” (Friends of Friends)

  As fantompower puts it, “Music is wiggly air.”       Unwind your mind to this new one from LA-via-Chicago-via-SF producer Joe Nora and musician fantompower.     “Giraffe” is a vibey… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Salami Rose Joe Louis & Brijean – “Propaganda” (Brainfeeder)

  Never has questioning misinformation been so danceable!       On “Propaganda,” Lindsay Olsen, otherwise known as Salami Rose Joe Louis, melds her galactic electronic science with Brijean‘s low-lit beats and vocal… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Ironsides – “The Web” (Colemine Records)

  Another goldmine from Colemine.       “We started the band to write music that evokes cinematic landscapes” says Max Ramey, bassist of the Bay Area psyche-soul collective, The Ironsides.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gareth Donkin ft quickly, quickly & The Breathing Effect – “GEEK OUT!” (drink sum wtr)

  An ode to late-night music-making sessions.       London, UK musician Gareth Donkin has recruited DanDigs.com faves quickly, quickly and The Breathing Effect for his latest single, “GEEK OUT!,” a spacious… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kay Young ft Ego Ella May – “Woe Is Me” (Video)

  I first heard the voice of Kay Young featured on “Get Connected” by Sekrit back in 2017.       Since then, between supporting Jay Electronica in London and appearing on the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tagua Tagua – “Pra Tr​á​s”

  Felipe Puperi lists Bill Withers, Shuggie Otis, and SAULT as his soul heroes past and present.       Opening with lush strings, “Pra Tr​á​s” by the ex-frontman of Wannabe Jalva, Sao… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Photo Ops – “The Dream Is Done” (Paul Is Dead Records)

  I’m all about these guitar pickings, that persistent piano, and especially those lightly dusted drums.       When he wasn’t touring with the likes of Camera Obscura and Fences, Terry Price,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: No Buses – “Eyes” (S.S.G.G. Records)

  Named after an Arctic Monkeys deep cut.       “Eyes,” a math-rock-flecked indie jaunt from the Tokyo five-piece, contains the most delightful guitar riff.      Fronted by Kondo Taisai (近藤大彗)… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jaguar Sun & Husbands – “It Gets Better” (Born Losers Records)

  Chris Minielly, the Ontario musician behind Jaguar Sun, has teamed up with Oklahoma City duo Husbands.       “It Gets Better” is a highly pleasant and pastoral indie march that culminates… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kassa Overall – “Ready to Ball” (Warp Records)

  “It got a shine to it.”       A gleaming collage of deconstructed hip-hop and jazz, “Ready to Ball” is the latest single from the Seattle drummer, producer, musician, emcee, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: JGrrey ft Kojey Radical – “May” (PACE Records)

  A collaboration between two of London’s best.       “May” is a summery yet bittersweet bop about love and loss.     Jgrrey ft Kojey Radical – “May”      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dijon – “Coogie” (R&R Digital)

  Raw and in-the-moment.       The artist behind my number 1 song of 2021, Dijon makes music that sounds so immediate, it’s as if you’re right there witnessing in real time… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: New Mix from Ta-ku – Drive Slow, Homie Pt 6 (Video)

  A recommended gem of a mix.       A slow roll.      Ta-ku returns to gift us with a new edition of the Drive Slow, Homie series, the first in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Water From Your Eyes – “Barley” (Matador Records) (Video)

  “1, 2, 3, 4…”       With its centrifugal beat and pleading guitar lick, “Barley” by the experimental art-pop duo Water From Your Eyes is relentless and hypnotic.      Water… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rahill – “I Smile for E” (Big Dada)

  A horn-led and piano-driven shuffling sundowner from the Iranian-American artist and NTS Radio DJ.       Originally from Lansing, Michigan and now based in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley, Rahill‘s latest… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dele Sosimi & the Estuary 21 ft Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – “Mo Ṣe B’​ọ​́​lá T​á​n” (Wah Wah 45s)

  An easy and breezy jazz rhythm from the Afrobeat luminary.       Hackney, East London-born and Nigeria-raised Dele Sosimi was the keyboard player and musical director for Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Close Counters ft Izy – “Only One” (Holy Sound) (Official Video)

  It’s all about those piano key runs.       Allan McConnell and Finn Rees, the Melbourne-via-Tasmania duo otherwise known as Close Counters, sampled fellow Aussie artists Izy and enlisted Lucky Pereira to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Speakers Corner Quartet ft Sampha – “Can We Do This?” (OTIH Records) (Official Video)

  Sampha’s vocals always, always shine.       Fresh from turning in my 22nd favorite remix of 2022, London’s Speakers Corner Quartet have teamed up with Sampha to create “Can We Do… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Melati ESP – “E.M.Z” (Carpark Records)

  Atmospheric 5am jungle breaks with lyrics sung in Indonesian.       Melati ESP is an Indonesian-born, NYC-based artist.      Sounding not unlike a lost Future Sound of London dubplate, her… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Phum Viphurit – “Lady Papaya” (Rats Records)

  A hip indie-hop jam with “extra spice.”       With an intro that sounds like a chop of the Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache,” “Lady Papaya” by the Thailand-born, New Zealand-raised, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Layla” (Jagjaguwar)

  It’s officially UMO szn.       Very excited for Unknown Mortal Orchestra aka the Portland, Oregon-residing, Hawaiian-New Zealand artist Ruban Nielson‘s new album.      “Layla” is the second single to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Petite Noir ft Sampa The Great – “Blurry” (Roya) (Official Video)

  Introducing the sound of Noirwave, the genre coined by Petite Noir.       Petite Noir is a Congolese artist, who was born in Belgium, raised in South Africa, and now divides… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Daniel Caesar – “Do You Like Me?”

  Produced by Raphael Saadiq.       Last year I was very happy to hear Daniel Caesar working with BADBADNOTGOOD on the excellent “Please Do Not Lean,” which ended up at number… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jadu Heart – “There Is No Door” (VLF Records)

  I’ve been a fan of Dina and Faro, also known as Diva-Sachy Jeffrey and Alex Headford, for nigh on nine-ish years now, ever since I first heard “Late Night” back in 2016.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Slowe – “Superego” (Tru Thoughts)

  A new signing to the legendary Brighton, UK label.       “Superego” is a brand new track from the Bristol, UK-based producer and songwriter, where warm neo-soul keys meet a shuffling… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Braids – “Evolution” (Secret City Records) (Official Video)

  “Patience, like evolution, evolving into love.”       “Evolution” is a gently upbeat yet calming indie-electronic cut from the Montreal trio.     Watch the deep-dive-into-nature-themed video below.     Braids… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Skinny Pelembe – “Oh, Silly George” (Partisan Records) (Official Video)

  Featuring Malcolm Catto of the Heliocentrics on drums.       “Oh, Silly George,” the latest single from Donny-via-Joburg artist and Brownswood Future Bubblers alum Skinny Pelembe, is a wistful and nostalgic… Continue reading

Dan Digs 2023 Essentials

  New songs added every Monday.       An ongoing playlist of 2023’s very best music.     If you dig leftfield beats, electronic soul, and experimental sounds, you’ll feel right at… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: LANNDS – “Blueprint” (Run For Cover Records) (Official Video)

  “Plant-based drippy psyche-pop.”    I’m on board.       “Blueprint” is indeed a blueprint for the future of electronic R&B from the Los Angeles-via-Jacksonville duo of Rania Woodard and Brian Squillace,… Continue reading