Tag Archive: Best Music

Backstage with Dan Digs – Episode 1: James Lavelle

  Very excited to share this new TV show with you.       Backstage with Dan Digs is a new music-centric interview series set in green rooms and iconic concert venues across… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gavin Turek – “Birdie Bees” (Madame Gold Records)

  Those strutting drums, those dripping guitar chords, and those honeyed vocals that transport you from ’17 to ’71, “Birdie Bees” is my favorite Gavin Turek song to date.       Track… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: New Music from Floating Points, Kyle Hall, Washed Out x Lone, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Sam Irl & Dusty

  Good times as always on Worldwide FM last week. I hosted and spun a selection of my favorite tracks live from the mighty Red Gate Recorders studio in Highland Park.       Musical gems in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Genesis Owusu – “Sideways” (Produced by Simon Mavin & Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kaiyote)

  That scraped-flute-meets-old-violin intro.       On the instantly interesting “Sideways,” the 19-year-old Ghanian-Australian singer-songwriter Genesis Owusu takes inspiration from the music of William Onyeabor and enlists the production expertise of Simon Mavin and Perrin… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: COMBAT! Live in Conversation + New Music from Indian Wells, 30/70 Collective, Ryan Porter, FaltyDL, Sabrina Malheiros x Dego

  After kicking off my birthday celebrations with an early morning Hollywood Sign climb, it was a pleasure to jump on Worldwide FM in the late afternoon to host and spin a selection… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mocky – “Put It in a Song” (Heavy Sheet Productions)

  When the LA-via-Berlin-via-Saskatchewan multi-instrumentalist isn’t co-writing songs for Kelela or producing Feist’s album Pleasure or working on his own sixth full-length album, expected in 2018, he’s unleashing the fourth installation of his excellent “Moxtape” series, How to Hit… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Photay – “Screens” (Astro Nautico Records)

  Alien grunts, chairs squeaking across the spaceship floor, kaleidoscopic handclaps, cascading synths, piano chord blips, and more alien grunts all feature on my new favorite Photay song, “Screens.”       Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cid Rim ft Dorian Concept & The Clonious – “Four-Eighteen” (LuckyMe Records)

  Future perfect.       Three of Vienna’s best reunite for “Four-Eighteen,” a laid-back jazz excursion patrolled by sky-high firewalls of MicroKorg synth.     (And if you haven’t heard it previously,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Marenn Sukie – “Cascades” (Arrivals Records)

  Inspired by the jazz-soul audio designs of Bonobo and Calibre, UK beat architect Marenn Sukie, otherwise known as Chris Roth, has drawn up “Cascades,” a full-time-half-time mellow beat meditation with calmly chaotic… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – “Be By You” (Official Video)

  The new sound of Nocturnal Djembe Beachgaze.       Very excited to announce my new music project: SUNRAYYS.     It’s a kind of Toro Y Moi meets Screamadelica-era Primal Scream… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sibusile Xaba – “Internet Dance” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour Records)

  While an “internet dance” is probably something you did in 1995 while you were waiting for AOL to load, here Pretorian music wonder Sibusile Xaba gently gathers a storm of finger-picked guitar… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mike Edge – “Been So Long” (Long Weekend Records) (Official Video)

  Vintage instrumentation blends with sun-stunned vocals on “Been So Long” by Los Angeles musician Mike Edge, the result of which is a grapefruit-cherry cocktail that’s part Mac DeMarco, part Ned Doheny, and all… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: Best of WWLA Live Sessions Pt 2 + New Music from Moonchild, BadBadNotGood x Nosaj Thing, Jon Bap, The Invisible, Tokimonsta ft Yuna (Video)

  Went back on the air yesterday on Worldwide FM to host and spin an hour of the best of our WWLA live session recordings, followed by an hour of my favorite tracks in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sal Dulu – “Antasma”

    “Antasma,” a brand new track from Dublin producer Sal Dulu, is a slinky beat collage that glues together soulful vocal phrasings, sax snippets, polished guitar licks, cloudy atmospherics, and quite possibly… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: ELWD – “inbloom” (Bad Taste Records)

  UK producer ELWD (pronounced “Ellwood”) turns in “inbloom,” an all low-caps, lo-fi mellow groove that is as instantly relaxing as it is poignant.       My only complaint is that it’s not… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: New Music from Dwight Trible, Photay, Rhye, Inc. No World, Henry Wu (Video)

  Back on Worldwide FM yesterday to host and spin a selection of my favorite tracks live from the mighty Red Gate Recorders studio in Highland Park.       Musical gems in the mix from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: LOXE ft Alyss – “Safe to Me” (Dusty Records)

  “Safe to Me” is a faded and fidgety, r&b house bounce sunsetter by London producer LOXE that features the ethereal vocals of singer Alyss.       No stranger to collaborations, LOXE has… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: K15 & Kuniyuki – “Moving Minds” (K15 Remix) (Sound of Speed Japan)

  A deft and delicate Floating Points-meets-broken beat-meets-synth jazz wonderwork courtesy of London producer Kieron Ifill, one half of DanDigs.com favorites Profusion and better known as K15.       Track of the day.… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: New Music from Shabazz Palaces, Washed Out, The Pollyseeds (Terrace Martin & Kamasi Washington), Seven Davis Jr, Karavan (Video)

  Jumped back on WWLA, the Los Angeles branch of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, this week to host and spin my favorite new tracks live from the esteemed Red Gate Recorders studio in Highland… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Turtle – “Solar” (Beatnik Creative)

  “Solar” gives you life.       Turtle’s latest composition is a Jon Hopkins-esque beguiling blend of swirling piano keys and centrifugal drums.     Track of the day.     Turtle… Continue reading

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