Tag Archive: Diggin’ This

Diggin’ This: Mndsgn. – “Hope You’re Doin’ Better”

  My heart is warmed by this heartwarming new song from LA’s Mndsgn.       I’m getting Thundercat plus Mac DeMarco plus tape-delayed Money Mark Push the Button vibes, which is no… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jordana ft Ryan Woods – “Doubt of Revival”

  I’ve written about New York-via-Kansas artist Jordana before and her astoundingly good song “Reason,” which landed at number 36 in my Top 100 Tracks of 2020.       2021 sees her… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: JIM (Ron Basejam, Crazy P) – “Phoenix” (The Cult Cover) (NuNorthern Soul Records)

  Nottingham, UK’s JIM aka Jim Baron aka Ron Basejam aka one of the founding members of Crazy P turns in a frankly fantastic folk reimagining of The Cult’s “Phoenix” with backing vocals… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jesse Futerman ft Beverly Glenn-Copeland – “Luckey” (Pacific Rhythm Records)

  “Luckey” is aptly a happy-go-lucky groove from the Montreal producer Jesse Futerman in partnership with Beverly Glenn-Copeland that features a precisely placed bassline that navigates cascading drums punctuated by wistful synth washes.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Julie Pavon – “Jealous”

  Into the Uffe-produced taught DIY uptempo business of this new one from the Copenhagen-based Honduran-Danish artist Julie Pavon.       Especially appreciative of that added cowbell.     Julie Pavon –… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Psychedelic Freaks aka Horatio Luna – “To The Funk Valley”

  Melbourne’s Horatio Luna, a founding member of 30/70 Collective, lays on the 70s funk fusion thick with his new alias The Psychedelic Freaks.       The Psychedelic Freaks – “To The Funk… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Laure Briard – “Respire”

  Psychedelic bossa nova pop from Toulouse, France.       Laure Briard – “Respire”           “Respire” is taken from Laura Briard’s new album, Eu Voo, out now. Get it here.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sofia Kourtesis – “La Perla” (Technicolour Records)

  Ascendant house rhythms filled with life-giving synth progressions from Berlin-based Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis.       Sofia Kourtesis – “La Perla”         “La Perla” is taken from Sofia… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Somni ft Duren – “Always” (Friends of Friends) (Official Video)

  Woozy, off-kilter, and birdsong-rich.       “Always,” the brand new track from LA-via-UK musician Somni, sounds glorious.     Somni ft Duren – “Always” (Video by Mitch Pond)      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fable – “Orbiting” (Naim Records)

  Currently very much into “Orbiting” by Brighton, UK’s Fable, which sounds like a mellower, psychedelic Portishead, especially when that delightfully frayed electric guitar comes in.       Fable – “Orbiting”    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: FYI Chris – “No Sun” (Black Acre Records) (Official Video)

  Spacey, psychedelic beat science from London duo FYI Chris (aka Chris Coupe and Chris Watson) that veers through house, Jersey club, and drum ‘n’ bass.       FYI Chris – “No Sun”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Woom – “Prototype/Limit to Your Love” (Outkast/James Blake Cover)

  Incredibly celestial.       Simply stunned by these four voices from London covering quite possibly my favorite Outkast song and quite possibly my favorite James Blake song (which is in itself… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Moses Boyd ft Katy B – “2 Far Gone” (Vocal Mix) (Exodus Records)

  One of the strongest tracks on my 4th favorite album of 2020 gets the vocal remix treatment from none other than Katy B.       Katy’s vocals blend perfectly with this uptempo… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Eleeza Silva – “DNTGETUSE2ME” (Ciudad Records)

  “DNTGETUSE2ME” is a vibey vintage organ-led R&B concoction from Chicago’s Eleeza Silva.       Eleeza Silva – “DNTGETUSE2ME”         “DNTGETUSE2ME” is out now via Ciudad Records. Get it here.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mackenzie Morris – “Sunset Plaza” (Official Video)

  Very into “Sunset Plaza” by 20-year-old LA-via-UK musician Mackenzie Morris.       It’s a sun-bleached and subtle chilled indie-soul blur that sounds like mhmm mhmm mhmm.         Bonus… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Afternoon Bike Ride – “Couch Party” (Friends of Friends)

  The Montreal trio’s two-word bio on their SoundCloud describes Afternoon Bike Ride‘s sound perfectly: warm vulnerability.       Afternoon Bike Ride – “Couch Party”                … Continue reading

History Repeating: Sandy Bull – “Blend” (1963)

  Welcome to my new feature, History Repeating, where I highlight the incredibly special songs of yesteryear that have recently surfaced in a recent radio show or DJ mix or compilation or TV… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tom VR – “Fast Track To Bliss” (InterGraded Records)

  Very into this 7-minute bubblin’ builder from the Manchester, UK producer.       Tom VR – “Fast Track To Bliss”         “Fast Track To Bliss” is taken from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Galcher Lustwerk – “Warming Up” (Ghostly International)

  A mellow-beyond-words house set starter.       Galcher Lustwerk – “Warming Up”                 “Warming Up” is taken from the NYC-via-Cleveland artist’s latest release, Information… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Puma Blue – “Super Soft” (Blue Flowers Music)

  If we could be still… just for a minute.       “Super Soft” is my favorite track from the brand new album, In Praise of Shadows, by South London’s Puma Blue.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Raquel Martins – “Freedom”

  London-via-Porto, Portugal singer-songwriter Raquel Martins emailed me with “I sell nu-jazz burritos” in the subject line and as such, dear reader, I opened that email faster than a hummingbird beats its wings.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hether – “Morning Bells” (Ear Slime Records)

  Hether is LA-via-San Diego’s Paul Castelluzzo, who has toured with Romeo Santos’ live band and has played guitar on The Free Nationals’ “Time” and Anderson .Paak’s “King James.”       “Morning… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cool Sounds – “Crimson Mask”

  If you woke up this morning in the mood for some Velvet Underground-ish alt-country from Melbourne, Australia that sounds like it could be a weirdo Beck b-side that namechecks “millennial normcore” (it… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Izy – “No Further Than You” (Hopestreet Recordings)

  Honestly, at this point I reckon about a good 26% of this entire website just focuses on music from Melbourne, Australia.   And I’m not mad about it.   Not mad at… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Blake Mills & Pino Palladino ft Chris Dave & Sam Gendel – “Just Wrong” (Impulse! Records)

  Blake Mills and Pino Palladino!   With Chris Dave on drums!   And Sam Gendel on sax!       A 4min 44sec luminous jazz excursion that wanders with curiosity and swells… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “Middle Of Nowhere”

  Tim Bettinson returns with “Middle of Nowhere,” an acoustic-led gossamer folk imagination with flecks of plucked banjo and pedal steel washes to give it that cosmic country glimmer.       Vancouver… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Thee Sacred Souls – “It’s Our Love” (Penrose Records) (Official Video)

  Laid-back San Diego jazz-soul courtesy of Daptone’s new imprint, Penrose Records.       Thee Sacred Souls – “It’s Our Love” (Official Video)           Get “It’s Our Love”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kerri – “Self”

  Textured late-night R&B from the 21-year-old Montreal artist.       I’m all about that guitar that comes in at 1:54.     Kerri – “Self”           “Self”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Madlib – “Dirtknock” (Madlib Invazion)

  Really looking forward to this new Madlib album.       The forthcoming LP is edited, arranged, and mastered by Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet.     Says Kieran, “We decided to… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Alfa Mist – “Run Outs” (Anti- Records)

  East London jazz that’s so mellow it leaves you in mid-air.       Alfa Mist – “Run Outs”           “Run Outs” is taken from Alfa Mist’s forthcoming… Continue reading

Dan Digs 2021 Essentials

  Updated every Monday.         An ongoing playlist of 2021’s very best music.     If you dig the leftfield beats, electronic soul, and experimental sounds of artists like SAULT,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Grandbrothers – “Shorelines”

  Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel are the Turkish-German/Swiss duo Grandbrothers.       Piano-led pulsing electronic beats.     Grandbrothers – “Shorelines”                   “Shorelines”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lost Horizons (Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins & Richie Thomas of Dif Juz) ft Ural Thomas – “In Quiet Moments” (Official Video) (Bella Union)

  Too beautiful.       Richie Thomas of Dif Juz and Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins met when they were signed to 4AD in the 1980s.   In 2017, after not… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: St Germain – “Rose Rouge” (Nightmares on Wax ReRub)

  “Put your hAaAaAnds together one time…”       The mighty St Germain returns with a rhythmic N.O.W. remix with added jazz flourishes of horns and keys that never loses the propulsive… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: STR4TA (Gilles Peterson & Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick of Incognito) – “Rhythm In Your Mind” (Brownswood)

  80s Brit-funk at its finest in 2021.       Now all we need is a Thundercat collab.     STR4TA – “Rhythm In Your Mind”           “Rhythm… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bay Ledges – “Feelz”

  An incredibly good and grooving soulful glitch-pop song.       Love the feels on “Feelz,” especially that warm sub-bass throughout.     Bay Ledges – “Feelz”         “Feelz”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Rascal – “Gone”

  German producer Rascal has some serious, serious credits to his name.    Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Jay Rock, JID, Pusha T, Jorja Smith, GoldLink, IDK, Joey Bada$$, SiR, Jeezy,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snowpoet – “Roots” (Edition Records)

  Lauren Kinsella and Chris Hyson are Snowpoet, a London-based experimental jazz duo who sound like Bjork meeting the Cinematic Orchestra meeting Portico Quartet meeting Bjork again.       Snowpoet – “Roots”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: River Tiber – “Hypnotized”

  Ever since first hearing “Acid Test” I knew River Tiber was one to watch.      Here the Toronto multi-instrumentalist returns with “Hypnotized” and a prelude of sorts, “Rainbow Road.”   Complete… Continue reading

Videos I’m Diggin’: Watch My Top 5 Live Music Moments

  On this New Year’s Day, and indeed every New Year’s Day, I am reminded of one of my very favorite clips on YouTube which takes place on New Year’s Day.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Salami Rose Joe Louis – “Peculiar Machine” (Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix)

  Georgia Anne Muldrow brings a cosmic hip-hop and glimmering galactic funk uplift to her reimagining of the heavenly “Peculiar Machine” by Brainfeeder’s Salami Rose Joe Louis.           Salami… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jordana – “Reason”

  Love everything about “Reason” by Kansas musician Jordana, including, but not limited to, that crispy drum loop, those piano chords, that textured bass, those reversed strings in the chorus, and Jordana’s hushed, calming vocals.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Christmas Time Is Here”

  All I want for Christmas is another Hiatus Kaiyote album.   But I’m 1000% here for Hiatus Guaraldi.       Those wondrous vocals from Nai. And those strings.     Hiatus… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Harrison – “Around You” (Last Gang Records)

  This new electronic jazz shuffle from Toronto’s Harrison sparkles and shines.       Harrison – “Around You”         “Around You” is out now on Last Gang Records.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Soft Glas – “Cyclones”

  Equal parts emo and bedroom-produced hip-hop beats.       Brooklyn-via-Cuba’s Joao Gonzalez is Soft Glas.      His latest song, “Cyclones,” contains approximately 7,000 genres.     Soft Glas – “Cyclones”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Taylor McFerrin ft Marcus Gilmore – “Chance to Say My Piece”

  This mellow jazz is most needed.       Love those drums courtesy of Marcus Gilmore.     Taylor McFerrin ft Marcus Gilmore – “Chance to Say My Piece”      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bloody White – “I’m Busy”

  Santa Barbara future pop in the vein of Photay.        Bloody White – “I’m Busy”       “I’m Busy” is out now. Get it here.        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Babe Rainbow – “Zeitgeist” (Eureka Records)

  Slinky indie from Toronto’s Babe Rainbow that sounds like Alexis from Hot Chip jamming with early Vampire Weekend.       Babe Rainbow – “Zeitgeist”           “Zeitgeist” is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mara TK (formerly of Electric Wire Hustle) ft Xenia Manasseh) – “Met At The River” (Extra Soul Perception Records)

  Aotearoa-Nairobi soul.        Love this piano-led slow groove from the Maori-Scottish musician Mara TK, formerly of Electric Wire Hustle, and Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter Xenia Manasseh.     Mara TK ft Xenia… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Timmy Holiday – The Boy With the Glitch In His Head (Full Album)

  Donuts from Dublin.       Way into this tape from Timmy Holiday of woozy, glitched-out, off-kilter beats.     Timmy Holiday – The Boy With the Glitch In His Head (Full… Continue reading