Tag Archive: Best Music Blog

Diggin’ This: Tawiah – “Queens” (Lima Limo Records)

  South London songstress Tawiah returns with “Queens,” four minutes of tumbling percussion, sunset acoustic guitar plucking, piano key splashes, and vocals gleaming with UK soul.       Track of the day.  … 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

Dan Digs Live: DJ Set with Frank Foreal at Ace Hotel Palm Springs on Saturday June 3

  Come embrace the good times with us in my favorite desert this Saturday June 3.           Frank Foreal and I will be spinning the best in leftfield beats, future R&B,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Osage – “Guanguan Riddim” (Bastard Jazz) (Free Download)

  Flute wisps, persistent electronic piano chords, interwoven percussion textures, and a heavy, grooving kick drum make up Osage’s attention-grabbing new track, “Guanguan Riddim.”       Osage (pronounced Oh-Sage), better known as Philly DJ/producer… Continue reading

Shape Up DJ Mix by Dan Digs for Dublab’s Proton Drive

  It was great fun to put this mix together for one of the universe’s greatest radio stations: Dublab!         Donate to Dublab today and get my Elite Cardiophonics DJ mix, a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jaide – “Temporary” (Produced by Tev’n)

  “Temporary,” by Jaide finds the London singer’s heavenly tones ascending and descending over a highly original, delayed, stop-motion beat that sounds like it could’ve been crafted by recording different parts of an unfinished wicker chair… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Doctrine – “Play”

  “Play,” the debut single from new collective Doctrine, helmed by composer Stephen Feigenbaum, he of the 2016 “Yeethoven” project that fused music by none other than Beethoven and Kanye West, is a tapestry of synth flashes and a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Julian Jasper – “In the Lilacs” (Misra Records)

  On “In the Lilacs,” LA-via-San Diego musician Julian Jasper melds soaring psyche-fuzz with pounding drums and a captivating guitar riff that speeds across an empty Californian freeway in the middle of the night.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dokta Venom – “I Owe U Something” (Far Out Recordings)

  Son of Incognito’s Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, Daniel Maunick aka Dokta Venom is the in-house producer for the venerable Far Out Recordings.       Having worked on music for Azymuth, Sabrina Malheiros, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Will Joseph Cook – “Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine)” (HONNE Remix) (Atlantic Records)

  UK duo HONNE have transformed Will Joseph Cook‘s “Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine)” into an explosive star shower of housed-up future-funk.       I’ve also got large amounts of appreciation for that screaming and gleaming… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Thalab – “Good Swim” (Juicebox Recordings)

  Barcelona-born duo Thalab wrote and recorded the casually excellent “Good Swim” in a room in London.       The swimmingly good song features blurred synths, a textured and trebled electric bass, an… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Heliocentrics – “Made of the Sun” (Soundway Records)

  Malcolm Catto’s outfit return with “Made of the Sun,” an ascendant, cinematic soul builder that features the impassioned vocals of Barbara Patkova.       Track of the day.     The Heliocentrics – “Made of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Relaén – “Mediantenpetting” (Wadada Records)

  Not unlike the cosmic soul output of Hiatus Kaiyote, Relaén takes you on a buoyant experimental jazz odyssey.       The German band’s latest song, “Mediantenpetting,” features perkily popped bass guitar, crisp… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bibio – “Feeling” (Knxledge Remix)

  Stones Throw producer and one half of NxWorries, Knxledge‘s latest remix is this dusty donut rework of Bibio‘s “Feeling,” a warm and woozy affair that sounds like it was found as part of a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: PDF and the Acrobats ft the Unused Word – “Inner Space” (Duzz Down San) (Free Album Download)

  Phil da Funk‘s latest project, PDF and the Acrobats (zzzzzinggggg!) sees the Austrian producer teaming up with one of my favorite vocalists, The Unused Word, to create the floating, mellow, electronic-tinged future soul… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Children Of Zeus – “I Can’t Wait” (First Word Records)

  Manchester, UK’s Konny Kon and Tyler Daley are Children Of Zeus.       Featuring cascading electric guitar runs and an irresistible vocal hook that sits ever so neatly over the kicks and snares, the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Space Dimension Controller – “Exostack” (Kornél Kovács Remix) (R&S Records)

  A relentless, crusty and serrated hi-hat oversees Stockholm’s Kornél Kovács‘ remix of “Exostack,” which transforms the Space Dimension Controller original into a thumping yet subtle future jazz house journey.       Track of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hector Plimmer – “Let’s Stay” (Albert’s Favorites)

  Enigmatic Entroducing-esque keys chime and glow amidst crisp and cymbal-heavy jazz drums on “Let’s Stay,” the opening track of South London producer and designer Hector Plimmer‘s brand new album, Sunshine.       Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jonah Levine Collective – “False Alarm” (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)

  Ronald Bruner Jr, Josef Leimberg, Miles Mosley, and now Jonah Levine; the world-class releases from LA jazz label World Galaxy only keep getting better.       “False Alarm” is over five minutes… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Charlotte Dos Santos – “Red Clay” (Fresh Selects)

  Brooklyn-via-Oslo chanteuse Charlotte Dos Santos interpolates the jazz standard “Red Clay,” fusing the Freddie Hubbard classic with laidback drums, gentle keys, and an effortless vocal delivery.       Track of the… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM with the Koreatown Oddity Live in Studio (Video)

  Spun what turned out to be one of my favorite ever mixes live at Stones Throw HQ in Highland Park, Los Angeles for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.       Tunes in… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: Lorde – “Green Light” (Dan Digs’ Wavy Waiheke Ravey Remix)

  Piano house pianos plus Amen breaks, every time.       Lorde – “Green Light” (Dan Digs’ Wavy Waiheke Ravey Remix)               Listen to more remixes… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Recloose ft Mara TK of Electric Wire Hustle – “Spirit Knows” (Aus Music)

  Recloose returns a soulful and sunshine-fueled robust house cut.       An airy, outdoor, nature-near vibe permeates “Spirit Knows” throughout, thanks to that brilliant, shimmering and shivering vocal sample pinned in place by… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Daniel Brandt – “Chaparral Mesa” (Erased Tapes)

  “I wanted to create a different sound, songs that build up like dance tunes but don’t feel like club music at all.”       So says Daniel Brandt, and he’s entirely… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Corbo ft Remy Kay – “I’m Good” (New Los Angeles)

  Corbo, otherwise known as Bür Gür‘s Corbin Clarke, has teamed up with Diamond Bar songstress Remy Kay for “I’m Good,” a blissful and reassuring gossamer leftfield soul gemstone.       Track of… 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

Music by Dan Digs – “Skies in the Crane” (Solange Edit)

  An uptempo and breezy djembe ‘n’ bass flip of Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” which was track number 5 in my Top 100 of 2016 (check out the full list here).        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sango – “Dance for Blessings” (Last Gang Records)

  A thoroughly experimental, fragmental, glitched and stitched percussive tapestry from Seattle’s Sango.       Track of the day.     Sango – “Dance for Blessings”               “Dance… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oma Nata – “Alone Together” (Forbidden Cuts)

  On “Alone Together,” Hamburg-residing, Portugal-originating producer Oma Nata turns in four and a half minutes of low-lit jazz piano chords and a meditative flute underpinned by a reliable kick, hovering shakers, and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Karriem Riggins – “4Es’J & Oddness” (Stones Throw)

    The reversed beat, time-traveling synths, and sampled croon snippets of “4Es’J” and the strict drums and carousel keys of “Oddness,” here combined for Karriem Riggins‘ first single from his second solo… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: D-Rocksteady – “Wandering” (Free Download)

  A fitting soundtrack to the wall-to-wall rain we’ve been having recently here in Los Angeles.       On “Wandering,” Washington, D.C. producer D-Rocksteady weaves textured percussive elements and fluid low-end bass… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: Goldie – “State of Mind” (Dan Digs Remix)

  One of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite albums gets the house edit treatment.         It’s all about that upright bass noodle intertwined with that 104bpm stomp.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bastien Keb – “Pick Up” (One Handed Music/First Word Records)

  Lazy horns parps, slap-bass pops, a chilled chorus of soulful vox, and those all-important hand-claps, Bastien Keb‘s “Pick Up” is both instantly likable and repeat-listenable.       Track of the day.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Inna de Yard ft Ken Boothe – “Let the Water Run Dry” (Official Video)

  Feeling this heartfelt yet airy, breeze-blown and stripped-down acoustic rendition of Ken Boothe’s 1968 rocksteady original by Jamaican collective Inna de Yard.       Track of the day.     Inna… Continue reading

The Dan Digs Show 114: New London Grammar, DJ Taye, StarRo, IG Culture, Lazy Salon – Dan in the DJ Mix

  Show number 114!   As always, the latest and greatest in leftfield beats and electronic soul, plus interviews with my favorite artists for your listening pleasure every Sunday night on Dash 1… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Eric Lau – “Lau’s Lament”

  “Lau’s Lament” is probably in my top 5 favorite laments, among Bird’s, Eugene’s, and Busta’s.       Track of the day.     Eric Lau – “Lau’s Lament”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: My Top 30 Remixes of 2016

  Thirty of the best remixes, reworks, reshuffles, and reimaginations all from the year 2016.     30. Jodie Abacus – “I’ll Be That Friend” (Jono Jagwar Ma Remix)     29. James Blake… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: My Top 30 Albums of 2016

  Of all of the many, many, many fantastic, great, and wonderful albums released this year, here’s a list of the 30 I enjoyed the most.   (Click on the images below to… Continue reading

The Dan Digs Show 112: The Robert Glasper Experiment, James Vincent McMorrow, Tay Sean, Max Graef, Yussef Kamaal – Top 100 Tracks of 2016! (Part 1: 100-51)

  Show number 112!   The #DanDigsShow’s Top 100 Tracks of 2016!         This is Part 1: Tracks 100 through 51.           Part 2 (Tracks 50… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bonobo ft Rhye – “Break Apart” (Ninja Tune)

  “Break Apart,” the latest single from Bonobo, threads together rainy ukulele strings, sombre pianos, stop-start snare rolls, stainless steel percussion, and the cherubic vocals of Michael Milosh aka Rhye.       Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fallgrapp ft Juraj Benetin – “Dym” (Gergaz)

  Clouded, moody electronic soul from Slovakia’s Fallgrapp.       “Dym” (“Smoke” in English) features frozen synths, tabla percussion textures, and a dramatic, Slovak-sung male-female dialogue.     Track of the day.… Continue reading

The Dan Digs Show 110: New Sylvan Esso, Jay Daniel, Tycho, Gallant, Boddika & Joy Orbison – Dan in the DJ Mix

    Show number 110!   As always, the latest and greatest in leftfield beats and electronic soul, plus interviews with my favorite artists for your listening pleasure every Sunday night on Dash… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: B. Bravo – “I’m For Real” (Bastard Jazz)

  LA funkateer and starship connector B. Bravo turns in “I’m For Real,” a heavy, sparkling slab of West Coast future funk that will have you involuntarily busting moves in your chair the moment… Continue reading

The Dan Digs Show 109: New Karriem Riggins, DJ Jazzy Jeff & James Poyser, Photay, Yellow Days, Dan Kye aka Jordan Rakei – Special Guest: Robot Koch

  Show number 109!   As always, the latest and greatest in leftfield beats and electronic soul, plus interviews with my favorite artists for your listening pleasure every Sunday night on Dash 1… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Laputa” (Koolade Rework) (Free Download)

  Opening with swerving low-end dotted with stumbling hi-hats and closing with a bouncing bass-driven laid-back house stomp, Zagreb, Croatia’s Koolade takes Hiatus Kaiyote‘s “Laputa” to all rooms of the club.      … Continue reading

The Dan Digs Show 108: New A Tribe Called Quest, Phony Ppl, Lil Silva, The xx, Ta-ku – Special Guest: Telefon Tel Aviv (All Vinyl DJ Set)

  Show number 108!   As always, the latest and greatest in leftfield beats and electronic soul, plus interviews with my favorite artists for your listening pleasure every Sunday night on Dash 1… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nikitch ft Kuna Maze – “Chemelin” (Cascade Records)

  On “Chemelin,” French producer Nicolas Morant aka Nikitch presents a honey-dripped beat braided with synth lifts and an otherworldly, pitched-up vocal swirl.       Track of the day.     Nikitch ft… Continue reading