Tag Archive: Best Music

Recommended Gem: At Home With Brittany Howard on Apple Music 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Brittany Howard talks with Zane Lowe about her favorite music on Apple Music 1.         This was a special one. Loved hearing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Svaneborg Kardyb – “Haven” (Blikflak Records)

  Chilled beyond chilled Danish electronic jazz.       Svaneborg Kardyb – “Haven”             Listen to “Haven” on my 2020 Essentials playlist here.        … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Special Request (Paul Woolford) In for Benji B on BBC Radio 1 (Radio Show)

  A recommended gem of a radio show: Special Request sits in for Benji B on BBC Radio 1.       4hero, Donald Byrd, SAULT, and cicadas.     💎      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chien Chien Lu ft Jeremy Pelt – “Invitation”

  Greatly enjoying the vibraphonic jazz of Taiwan’s Chien Chien Lu‘s new album The Path.       My favorite track so far is “Invitation” featuring Jeremy Pelt, closely followed by her cover… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties with Chal Ravens – Ep4: Jazzy Sport (Podcast)

  A recommended gem of a podcast episode: Chal Ravens chats to Taro Kesen, co-founder of one of my favorite record labels: Jazzy Sport, for Carhartt W.I.P.’s Relevant Parties series.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jack Garratt – “Time (Rework)”

  JG with the UKG.       Jack Garratt – “Time (Rework)”         Listen to “Time (Rework)” on my 2020 Essentials playlist here.            … Continue reading

Recommended Gem: James Blake Presents Before – DJ Set for Boiler Room in Los Angeles (Video)

  Introducing a new series on this here website called RECOMMENDED GEMS!   In addition to music, I’m now going to be unearthing DJ sets, podcasts, books, TV shows, movies, and more that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chet Faker – “Low” (Official Video)

  He’s back.         Chet Faker – “Low” (Official Video)         “Low” is out now. Add it to your playlists here and check out my reaction to first hearing Chet Faker… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Machinedrum ft Jesse Boykins III – “Wait 4 U” (Ninja Tune)

  Crystalline drum ‘n’ bass from one of my favorite producers.       Machinedrum ft Jesse Boykins III – “Wait 4 U”           “Wait 4 U” is featured… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Quakers ft Sampa The Great – “Approach With Caution” (Stones Throw)

  Feeling this playful piano-plonking hip-hop heat from Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), Katalyst, and 7-Stu-7, otherwise known as Quakers, that features some fiery rhymery from Sampa the Great.       Quakers ft Sampa The Great –… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 23 – New Music from SAULT, Fabiano do Nascimento, The Donelson Broncos, Gabriels, Soccer Mommy (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix), HONNE (Jordan Rakei Remix), Triathalon

  Show number 23!     How’s it going? Hope all is good with you.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 23!     A 60-minute blend of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Another Michael – “Boring For The Times” (Run For Cover Records)

  Soaring optimistic indie-folk in the vein of Whitney.       Michael Doherty, Alenni Davis, and Nick Sebastiano are Another Michael, a trio from Philadelphia-via-Albany, NY.   Another Michael – “Boring For… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gabriels – “Love and Hate in a Different Time”

  Throwback vintage soul meets bedroom pop production from Palm Desert, California.       The result sounds timeless.   Gabriels – “Love and Hate in a Different Time”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Paul White ft Iyamah & Remi – “Smile (See The Light)”

  That psychedelic textured Paul White production.       Love that raw flute, that friendly bassline, those shakers, and that general sense of uplift throughout.   Paul White ft Iyamah & Remi… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dougie Stu (Brijean) – “Another One For Slug” (Ropeadope/Ghostly)

  Slow and steady boom-bap grooving from Brijean’s Dougie Stu.       Dougie Stu – “Another One For Slug”           “Another One For Slug” is taken from Dougie… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Simpson – “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”

  Very much feeling this stumbling beat behind the woozy funk of “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae” by Virginia’s Simpson.       Simpson – “Cherry Ice Cream Sundae”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sons Of The Sun – “Underwater Dreaming” (BBE Music)

  Bumping this excellent new neo-soul from transatlantic duo Sons of the Sun.       Sons Of The Sun – “Underwater Dreaming”           “Underwater Dreaming” is out now… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Donelson Broncos – “Wave Country”

  Nashville’s answer to Khruangbin.         Less concerned with delving into the history of Thai funk than their Texan counterparts, The Donelson Broncos create airy, starry-skied instrumental jams that fit… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Quantic – “Theme from Selva” (Selva Records)

  Studio 54 Quantic is my new favorite Quantic.       Love those strings, love those horns, love that irrepressible funk-fronted groove.      Quantic – “Theme from Selva”      … Continue reading

Playlist: Dan Digs Country & Eastern – Country Music from the Land of the Rising Sun

  Three chords and the truth from Tokyo and beyond.         Listen to this selection of the best modern country and alt-folk songs from Japan.       Dan Digs… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Seba Kaapstad ft Quelle Chris – “Our People” (Mello Music Group) (Free Download)

  Love this piano-driven groove from South Africa.       Seba Kaapstad ft Quelle Chris – “Our People”           “Our People” is taken from Seba Kaapstad‘s new album Konke… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Apifera (Rejoicer Side-Project) – “Énék Hamaguro” (Stones Throw)

  Fusing the fusion of funk, soul, jazz, and drum ‘n’ bass.       Tel Aviv’s Apifera is a new project of Yuvi Havkin, better known as Rejoicer.     Apifera –… Continue reading

Playlist: Dan Digs Nordicana – Country Music from the Land of the Midnight Sun

  Swap your F-150 for 150 fjords, put on your 37.85-liter hat, and listen to this selection of midnight sunshine songs from the leading (northern) lights of Scandinavia’s country music scene.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Heartbreak” (Outlier Records)

  The 90s rave is strong in this one.       Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Heartbreak”         “Heartbreak” is out now via Outlier Records.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Vex Ruffin – “Mabuhay Boy” (Stones Throw) (Official Video)

  Love this Pinoy soul-disco jam from Vex Ruffin.       Vex Ruffin – “Mabuhay Boy” (Stones Throw) (Official Video)         “Mabuhay Boy” is taken from Vex Ruffin’s new… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nubiyan Twist ft Ego Ella May – “24/7” (Strut Records)

  Hiatus Kaiyote-meets-Brainfeeder vibrations.       The London 10-piece joins forces with the wondrous Ego Ella May.     Nubiyan Twist – “24/7”         “24/7” is out now via… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pete Josef – “Lavender” (Sonar Kollektiv)

  Those horns.       Extremely beautiful singer-songwriter soul from one of Bristol’s best.     Pete Josef – “Lavender”           “Lavender” by Pete Josef is out now.… Continue reading

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

  That bassline bounce.       Easily one of the best tracks of 2020.     SAULT – “Free”         But what does S.A.U.L.T. mean? (I’ve started thinking about… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nosaj Thing – “For The Light” (LuckyMe Records) (Official Video)

  Jason Chung aka Nosaj Thing signs to LuckyMe and delivers this moody, relentless yet delicate thumper.       Love that bass guitar.     Nosaj Thing – “For The Light” (LuckyMe… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oliver Tank – “Day Trip”

  Feeling the underwater R&B futurism of “Day Trip” by Sydney’s Oliver Tank.       Oliver Tank – “Day Trip”           “Day Trip” is out now via soundcloud.com/oliver-tank.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fabiano do Nascimento – “Tributo” (Now-Again Records) (Official Video)

  Get caught up in the infinite melodic ripples of “Tributo” from Brazil’s Fabiano do Nascimento.       Fabiano do Nascimento – “Tributo” (Now-Again Records) (Official Video)           “Tributo”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Marker Starling – “Silk Rock” (Tin Angel Records)

  Impossible not to groove to this.       Toronto’s Chris A. Cummings is Marker Starling.     His latest single, “Silk Rock,” is a winding and casually circular whirl of retro-indie-boogie,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: JGrrey – “Ain’t So” (Stripes Records) (Official Video)

  Ain’t this great.       On her latest song “Ain’t So,” London’s JGrrey fuses 00s R&B beat patterns with 60s Motown soul melodies diced with 90s vinyl scratches and laced with a… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 22 – New Music from A. K. Paul, Cleo Sol, Pete Josef,  Oddisee, Ruthven, The Seshen, Dan Shake, Michael Kiwanuka, Bonobo, Lone – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 22!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 22!     A 60-minute mix… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Odina – “Heartache” (Official Video)

  Catalan country.       Taking cues from Bjork’s rarefied vocal performances and fellow Barcelonan Rosalia’s artistic aesthetic leanings, rising star Odina delivers a compelling, confident musical vision.        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brijean – “Moody” (Ghostly International)

  A mood-infused groove.       Oakland’s Brijean Murphy (who has played percussion for DanDigs.com favorites Toro Y Moi and Poolside) and Doug Stuart (who has played in Bells Atlas and Meernaa,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Orion Sun – “Birds Gave Up” (Mom + Pop Music)

  Orion Sun is shining.        “Birds Gave Up” is the final track on Orion Sun‘s new album, Hold Space for Me. It’s an elegant and elevated love song, solely comprised… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 21 – Romare, Jayda G, Birds of the West, Leisure, Mildlife, Caribou, Floating Points, MJ Cole – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 21!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 21!     A 60-minute mix… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dojo Cuts ft Natalie Slade – “If My Love Was Enough”

  Pain does not exist in this dojo.       Sydney’s Dojo Cuts aka Nathan Aust has teamed up with Melbourne future soul singer Natalie Slade to create “If My Love Was… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Genevieve Artadi – “Hot Mess” (Brainfeeder Records)

  Very much into this new single from LA vocalist and producer Genevieve Artadi.       “Hot Mess” is a happily melancholic, lighter-than-air, Stereolab-ish experimental pop composition that fuses jazz electronics with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Colorama – “And” (Produced by Shawn Lee) (Banana & Louie Records)

  Welsh psychedelia par excellence.        Carwyn Ellis, the man behind Colorama, has teamed up with Shawn Lee, the man behind his very own Ping Pong Orchestra and collaborations with AM,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: James Tillman – “Moonshine” (Musella Creative)

  “Things may come and things may go… but not my love for you…”       Buoyed by a machine-like, churning beat that is occasionally substituted with a steady rimshot, “Moonshine” by… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 20 – Music from 4hero, Courtney Pine, Attica Blues, Roy Ayers & Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Public Enemy, Madlib – Special Guest: Kassa Overall (Includes an Unreleased Kassa Track!)

  Show number 20!         For LOOPS + DOTS this month I had a chat with Brooklyn-via-Seattle experimental jazz musician Kassa Overall over Zoom outside a Starbucks in Queen Anne, Seattle.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jadu Heart – “Suddenly I Know Who You Are”

  Extremely heartened to hear this new batch of songs from one of the best duos in experimental indie-pop-soul.       Now based in Bristol (and no longer wearing facial coverings that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tora – “Call Your Name”

  Mood-infused UK soul.       London singer-songwriter Tora combines synth keys, raw horns, and impassioned vocals to create “Call Your Name,” a yearning yet confident R&B cut.     Track of… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 19 – New Music from Bibio, Photay, Khruangbin, Little Simz, Altopalo, Jonah Yano, Lianne La Havas, Natalie Slade, Chicano Batman, Henry Green – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 19!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 19!      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Paul Epworth ft Jay Electronica, Lil Silva, Dave Bayley from Glass Animals – “Love Galaxy” (Official Video)

  “Cake so sweet it don’t need no icing…”       Sounding like the best song Gorillaz never wrote, “Love Galaxy” wears its star power on its sleeve.      Paul Epworth,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: altopalo – “powerlines” (Samedi Records)

  Eclecticity.       A delicate yet driving experimental invention by lead singer Rahm Silverglade, bassist Jesse Bielenberg, guitarist Mike Haldeman, and drummer Dillon Treacy, otherwise known as the New York quartet altopalo.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Royce Wood Junior ft Shirazpapi – “Graffiti”

  Rex Orange Country meets A.K. Paul.       Heavily into this new excellence from Royce Wood Junior featuring Shirazpapi (nice).     I’ve been into the London producer’s work ever since… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lizette & Quevin – “Grow Forever” (Big Crown Records)

  “You could grow forever, if you let yourself.”       Beginning with a pensively picked acoustic guitar, “Grow Forever” is a singalong soul throwback that leans back complete with vibraphone chimes,… Continue reading