Tag Archive: Best Music Blogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diggin’ This: Gabriel Garzón-Montano – “Sour Mango” (Stones Throw)

  Beautifully off-kilter DIY indie-soul that burns slow, like a frame-by-frame Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Sour Mango” by Brooklyn’s Gabriel Garzón-Montano is inventive, welcoming, unsour, sweet.     Track of the day.   Gabriel Garzón-Montano –… Continue reading

TV by Dan Digs: Watch a New Episode of the Latest Series of Crate Diggers Vinyl Show Featuring Rudimental

  Check out this new episode of the latest series of Crate Diggers that I executive produced for Fuse TV‘s new channel, FM. The show focuses on vinyl aficionados and their love of wax.       This episode,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dessert – “Cookie”

  We don’t know much about mysterious LA trio Dessert, but what we do know is that “Cookie” is a paced, minimal R&B jam laced with celestial harp runs, skittering Aphex-ish pop-and-click percussion,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nightmares on Wax ft Andrew Ashong – “World Inside” (Warp Records)

  George Evelyn aka DJ E.A.S.E. aka Nightmares on Wax ventures into hypnotic house territory with “World Inside.” The song features plucked strings, a decisive drum stomp, fluttering paper percussion, tape-delayed synth shimmers,… Continue reading

TV by Dan Digs: Watch a New Episode of the Latest Series of Crate Diggers Vinyl Show Featuring Classixx

  Check out this new episode of the latest series of Crate Diggers that I executive produced for Fuse TV‘s new channel, FM. The show focuses on vinyl aficionados and their love of wax.         This… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Cinematic Orchestra ft Moses Sumney – “To Believe” (Ninja Tune)

  Unbelievable.     Fragile yet flawless, “To Believe” is a delicate demonstration of the immense musical talent possessed by both Moses Sumney and the Cinematic Orchestra.   Track of the day.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kllo – “Bolide” (Lone Remix) (Ghostly International)

  Cosmic synth pads, mechanical percussion, and, yes, some life-affirming jazz flute from Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam aka Melbourne, Australia’s Kllo.     Track of the day.   Kllo – “Bolide” (Lone Remix)… Continue reading

TV by Dan Digs: Watch a New Episode of the Latest Series of Crate Diggers Vinyl Show Featuring Nickodemus

  Check out this new episode of the latest series of Crate Diggers that I executive produced for Fuse TV‘s new channel, FM. The show focuses on vinyl aficionados and their love of wax.       This episode spotlights the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Yellow Days – “Your Hand Holding Mine” (Good Years) (Official Video)

  17-year-old Haslemere, England singer and producer George Van De Broek aka Yellow Days starts your weekend with “Your Hand Holding Mine,” a Lynchian lounge ode to longing and lost love, fringed with a radioactive guitar… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Stillehavet – “Gola Malimbe”

  Distant bell arpeggios, bass drones, expectant guitar notes, and misty vocals fill the entirety of the percussive, psychedelic-folk song “Gola Malimbe,” the latest musical output of Bergen, Norway natives and former Funin members Marit… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Archivist – “Everything is Wanted” (Official Video)

  “Everything is Wanted” by London’s Archivist is an upbeat low-key indie-funk synth-strut experiment.     Track of the day.   Archivist – “Everything is Wanted”             Archivist‘s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: PREP – “Futures” (B3SCI Records)

  “Like I’m swimming in seltzer, diving into the blue…”     London four-piece PREP is made up of “a hip-hop producer, a classical composer, a house DJ, and a singer-songwriter with credits including… Continue reading

TV by Dan Digs: Watch a New Episode of the Latest Series of Crate Diggers Vinyl Show Featuring Peter Rosenberg

  Check out this new episode of the latest series of Crate Diggers that I executive produced for Fuse TV‘s new channel, FM. The show focuses on vinyl aficionados and their love of wax.       This episode spotlights the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tay Sean – “Kathedral Spectre” (HomeSkillet Records)

  “Kathedral Spectre” is Shabazz-like, Pluto palatial, cosmic hip-hop (with added, addled, high-neck, space odyssey guitar solo fretworkery) straight from the mind of Helladoper and Kingdom Crumber Tay Sean from Rainier Beach, Seattle.     Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sporting Life ft Evy Jane – “Court Vision” (Letter Racer/R&S Records) (Official Video)

  On “Court Vision,” NYC’s Sporting Life (who also makes music with Ratking) takes Vancouver singer Evy Jane’s atmospheric R&B vocal melodies and levitates them above sparse and utilitarian drums, reliably punctuated with what sounds like… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: James Vincent Mcmorrow – “Rising Water” (A. K. Paul Remix)

  Dublin, Ireland musician James Vincent Mcmorrow‘s filtered folk falsetto gets a plastic fantastic drum machine backbeat interspersed with synth surges courtesy of Rayner’s Lane, North London producer (and frère du Jai Paul) A. K.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Yagi – “Timelessness” (Jakarta Records & BRRWD aka Ta-ku & Repeat Pattern)

  Saitama, Japan producer Toru Yaginuma, bettter known as Yagi, is a central fixture in Tokyo’s beat scene.     It was in Tokyo that he first met Ta-ku and Repeat Pattern, who… Continue reading

TV by Dan Digs: Watch a New Episode of the Latest Series of Crate Diggers Vinyl Show Featuring King Britt

  Check out this new episode of the latest series of Crate Diggers that I executive produced for Fuse TV‘s new channel, FM. The show focuses on vinyl aficionados and their love of wax.   that time #kingbritt +… Continue reading