Tag Archive: Diggin’ This

Diggin’ This: Ruthven – “Don’t Keep It To Yourself” (Paul Institute)

  It’s always a good day when the Paul Institute surprise-releases new music.       The Paul Institute, Jai and A.K. Paul’s creative collective and record label, has released a new single… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: tstewart aka Machinedrum – “Buena” (Mercury KX Records)

  Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum dusts off his tstewart alias and gifts us “Buena,“ a liquid, piano-led affirmation that positively glows with all the hope of a brand new day.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ric Wilson & Yellow Days – “Life’s Been Good To Me” (Free Disco Records)

  A Chicago-London disco connection.       Chicago’s Ric Wilson and London’s George Van Den Broek aka Yellow Days have joined forces to create a gleaming funk groover.   Says Ric, “George… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: James Alexander Bright ft Fink – “Sundown” (!K7 Records)

  A pastoral indie-folk escapade.       Love the pairing of these vocals.   Says James, “‘Sundown’ came to life after I was introduced to Fink by Will Saul at !K7.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jonny Wildey – “Lonely”

  Warm 70s-inspired soul.       Pairing a sweet apple acoustic strum with a sour orange guitar, “Lonely” by London’s Jonny Wildey, who also makes textured electronic beats as Alphabets Heaven, is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Wyvern Lingo – “Multi-Love” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Cover)

  A magical reinterpretation of the UMO original.       Love this scintillating, drumless indie-folk rework from the Irish trio of Karen, Caoi and Sirsh, otherwise known as Wyvern Lingo, especially that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Leifur James – “Sirens”

  A moody and cinematic meditation.       Love those raw piano keys and shimmering strings.     Leifur James – “Sirens”             “Sirens” is taken from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Marcus Harvey – “You Wouldn’t Understand” (Produced by Fiji Mageba) (Paradise Sound System)

  Beautiful sounds from South Africa.       Vocalist, rapper, producer, and songwriter Harvey Lawrence Ofentse Mashiloane, otherwise known as Marcus Harvey, got his musical start in the township of Alexandra, just… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Robert Glasper ft D Smoke & Tiffany Gouché – “Shine” (Video)

  So much love for this.       Robert Glasper keys 100.   D Smoke bars 100.   Tiffany Gouché vocals 100.   Chris Dave drums 100.     Watch the music… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bonobo – “Rosewood” (Ninja Tune)

  Bonobo is back!       And it’s one of his best.     Need, need, need to find the source of that “I won’t leave you” sample!     Bonobo –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Steven Bamidele – “You Were Wrong” (Park the Van Records)

  Modern UK soul at its finest.       Containing shades of Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, and Pharrell, “You Were Wrong” by Brighton, UK’s Steven Bamidele is some mellow yet vulnerable sonic excellence.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sarah Williams White – “Nebula” (First Word Records)

  Feeling this textured and percussive folktronic psyche-soul from South London’s Sarah Williams White.       Speaking about “Nebula,” Sarah says “after giving birth, I saw this completely unique new life and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Efterklang – “Living Other Lives” (City Slang)

  Ascending alt-acoustic indie-electronica from the Copenhagen trio that’s infused with a humanity that resounds with the same emotional heft as the Chemical Brothers’ downtempo work.       Efterklang – “Living Other… Continue reading

Playlist: Hits, Differently

  Cover versions that take the original songs to a whole new dimension.         Jorja Smith covering St Germain.    B. J. Smith covering Outkast.   Kiefer and Theo Croker… Continue reading

Song Premiere: Noah Klein – “after 3 no good comes 2 me” (Cascade Records)

  Nocturnal.         Extremely excited to present the premiere of “after3nogoodcomes2me” by the Berlin-based German-American artist Noah Klein.   “after3nogoodcomes2me” is an emotional R&B-informed electronic soul journey into the depths… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dora Jar – “Scab Song”

  “That’s it!”       How is it possible for a single song to sound like the best parts of the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s all at once?     Produced by… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Common Saints – “Fastlane”

  All of my favorite genres in one.       On “FastLane,” South London’s Common Saints fuses psychedelia, soul, breakbeat, drum ‘n’ bass, downtempo, 60s rock, R&B, and funk to create a… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Wiki ft Navy Blue – “Can’t Do This Alone” (Official Video)

  Sounds so soulful don’t you agree?       NYC’s Wiki linked up with Navy Blue to create “Can’t Do This Alone,” an off-the-cuff rap cut with a delectable soul sample that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Footshooter ft Albertina – “Twilight” (Astral Black Records)

  Sublime and skippy UKG-step from the London producer Barney Whittaker, otherwise known as Footshooter.       Love that bouncing bass.     Footshooter ft Albertina – “Twilight”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: José González – “Lilla G” (Imperial Recordings)

  With its gentle house stomp and acoustic pickings at the edges, “Lilla G” is my favorite song from Local Valley, the new album from José González.       Extra points for… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jessica Wilde – “Daylight” (Murder He Wrote Remix) (Wilde Ones Records)

  No one knows bass like Murder He Wrote.       The Manchester producer’s rework of London artist Jessica Wilde’s latest song “Daylight” is an absolutely massive bruk-garage monster with enough low-end… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pip Blom – “Keep It Together” (Heavenly Recordings)

  Gloriously raucous jangle-pop from the Netherlands with a yell-along chorus?   Sign me up!       Pip Blom – “Keep It Together”           “Keep It Together” is… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 34 – New Music from Lady Blackbird, Gabriels, Jordan Rakei, Cleo Sol, Little Simz, Anderson .Paak

  Show number 34!         LOOPS + DOTS is my monthly two-hour radio show on Dublab in Los Angeles.      It’s everything I’m into right now in the worlds of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Theo Croker ft Malaya – “Happy Feet (For Dancers)” (Official Video)

  Who else wants to head to Palm Springs for some poolside dancing?       Love this brand new bumpin’ soul-jazz from Theo Croker and Malaya.     Theo Croker ft Malaya… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lady Blackbird – “Ruler Of My Heart”

  Los Angeles artist Lady Blackbird turns in a stunning, stunning cover of the Irma Thomas classic.       Also of note on Lady Blackbird‘s new album is “Fix It,” an impressive… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pell ft Malik Ninety Five – “Silly Phone”

  The New Orleans artist and founding member of the NOLA hip-hop collective GLBL WRMNG returns with a brand new mixtape.       “Silly Phone” is my favorite song from the project.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kid Apollo – “Let Go Of Things I Said” (Sweat Entertainment) (Official Video)

  Twin brothers (and producers) Felix and Theo Ratigan plus singer and producer Jimmy HM are the Brixton, London trio Kid Apollo.       “Let Go Of Things I Said” is their… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Little Simz – “Two Worlds Apart” (Age 101)

  Sampling “The Agony and the Ecstasy” by Smokey Robinson and featuring production assistance from Dean Josiah “Inflo” Cover, “Two Worlds Apart” is a mellow and golden UK hip-hop cut.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Elf Tranzporter ft Rayjah45 – “Soul Step” (Produced by Clever Austin aka Perrin Moss from Hiatus Kaiyote) (Inner Tribe Records)

  Step to this.       Melbourne MC Elf Tranzporter, a co-founder of MetaBass’n’Breath, one of Australia’s very best underground hip-hop collectives from back in the day, has linked with Sydney-based reggae… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Men I Trust – “Serenade of Water”

  Aqueous and washed out indie-jazz-hop from the Montreal trio.       Cannot get enough of that beat.     Men I Trust – “Serenade of Water”          … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sleepy Soul – “Be Near”

  Far nearer.       Nick Hummel and Michael LeFevre are Sleepy Soul, a duo from St. Louis and Minneapolis.     “Be Near” is lighthearted yet yearning indie-pop that’s as colorful… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cleo Sol – “Spirit” (Forever Living Originals)

  Veering in more of a 70s soul and gospel direction than her previous work, Cleo Sol‘s latest album, Mother, takes cues from Joni Mitchell and Rotary Connection and fuses the signature sounds… Continue reading

Song Premiere: Mid Ground ft LADYKING – “Love Will Always Catch You”

  Caught up in this one.       Extremely excited to present the premiere of “Love Will Always Catch You” from the English-Australian duo Mid Ground, otherwise known as Ally McMahon and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Joy Orbison ft Léa Sen – “Better” (Hinge Finger/XL Recordings)

  I remember talking with Machinedrum on Dublab radio a while back about the transcendent power over dancefloors worldwide of Joy Orbison‘s early breakout hit, “Hyph Mngo.”       If you’ve heard… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brandee Younger – “Tickled Pink” (Verve Records)

  Dreamy jazz from renowned New York harpist Brandee Younger.       Brandee Younger – “Tickled Pink”             “Tickled Pink” is out now via Verve Records.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: HORRSE – “Queen of Roses” (TUTL Records)

  Faroese folk from Ragnar Finsson.       Love love love those keys at 1min 44sec.     HORRSE – “Queen of Roses”             “Queen of Roses”… Continue reading

Recommended Gem: Sasha in the Lab at Mixmag London (Video)

  A recommended gem of a video.       This is why he’s one of the best to ever do it.     A seamless, smooth-as-butter mix of a carefully curated set of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oscar Jerome & Ben Hauke – “No Need”

  A light and airy house-inspired song session drizzled with jazz guitar runs from two of London’s best.       Oscar Jerome & Ben Hauke – “No Need”        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Di Melo – “A Vida Em Seus Métodos Diz Calma” (Aroop Roy Rework)

  A sunny, joyous house stomp.       A thoroughly enjoyable reimagining of Di Melo’s song from 1975 by the London producer Aroop Roy.     Perfect for summer dancefloors.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Silas Short – “Queen of Paisley” (Stones Throw)

  Spare, soulful R&B from the Chicago-via-Milwaukee artist Silas Short.       It’s all about those airy harmonies, those subaqueous guitar notes, and that barely-there beat.     Silas Short – “Queen… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snowy – “Whatever You Want”

  Hushed, meandering experimental folk from Melbourne, Australia.       Love how the guitars slowly morph from nylon acoustic pickings into slow electrified flashes.     Snowy – “Whatever You Want”  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Arlo Parks – “Too Good” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)

  A dream pairing.       Arlo’s signature vocals blended with UMO’s signature guitar tones is too, too good.     Arlo Parks – “Too Good” (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nu Genea ft Célia Kameni – “Marechià” (NG Records)

  One for the height of summer.       Naples, Italy duo Nu Genea have joined forces with French singer Célia Kameni for “Marechià,” an easy breeze of piano-led poolside disco that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: La Luz – “Watching Cartoons” (Produced by Adrian Younge) (Hardly Art)

  Shana Cleveland (guitar), Alice Sandahl (keyboards), and Lena Simon (bass) are La Luz.   Adrian Younge brings his unmistakeable production flair to “Watching Cartoons,” the latest song from the Seattle trio.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Seshen – “Dive” (Salami Rose Joe Louis Remix) (Tru Thoughts)

  Salami Rose Joe Louis turns in an ethereal, choral, and downright delightful rework of The Seshen’s “Dive” that gently grooves with an uptempo dub-influenced beat and lightly fizzes with digitized storms from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Likwid Continual Space Motion aka IG Culture – “Let Me” (Xtra Brux Remix) (CoOp Presents)

  Long live the bruk.       Love everything about this tough broken beat remix of LCSM’s “Let Me” by Sheffield, UK producer Xtra Brux.     Especially that upward bouncing bass… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Arjuna Oakes & Serebii – “Even When You’re Gone” (Innovative Leisure)

  Both based in Wellington, New Zealand, Arjuna Oakes and Serebii (aka Callum Mower) have teamed up to create “Even When You’re Gone,” a delicate, flute-led, wooden-and-watered ode to finding strength in love.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bathe – “Sundress” (Good Energy Recordings) (Official Video)

  Dev and Corey are the Brooklyn duo Bathe.       Their latest creation, “Sundress,” is a relaxed R&B sunsetter that sways like ocean waves.     Says Corey, “Sundress is about… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Miryam Solomon – “Pushing the Tide” (Albert’s Favourites)

  Rhythmic percussion interlaced with rich layered vocals from the London-via-Sweden-via-Eritrea artist.       Says Solomon, “Pushing the tide is a jigsaw of small things that have stayed with me, like the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Glass Beams – “Rattlesnake” (Research Records)

  Psychedelic Indian-influenced disco from Melbourne, Australia.       Says Glass Beams – “My father was born in India and moved here when he was 17, and after recalling this memory I… Continue reading