Tag Archive: Experimental

Diggin’ This: Melo-Zed ft James Walker – “Savanah” (HW&W Recordings)

  Woozy, still.       “Savanah” is currently my favorite song from London’s Zach Cayenne-Elliott, otherwise known as Melo-Zed. Enlisting the musical assistance of James Walker, it’s a woozy number with gently… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mono/Poly ft Kimbra – “Easy Living” (Co-Produced by Thundercat) (Naymlis Records)

  Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.       Having previously wowed the galaxy with the stainless steel bass of “When I’m Comin’ For Ya,” Bakersfield, California’s Charles E. Dickerson, otherwise known… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Resavoir – “Plantasy” (International Anthem) (Official Video)

  The secret life of plants.       Not solely content with his immensely delicate folk-informed brass output as part of DanDigs.com faves Whitney (listen to their early demo “No Matter Where… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Meernaa – “Backroads” (Native Cat Recordings)

  That piano flourish right at the start.       And, yes, thank you, great question. I’m told it’s “mee-er-nuh.”     I’ve had this North Oakland four-piece on my radar ever… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chinatown Slalom – “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (September Recordings) (Official Video)

  “Can I phone a friend to tell them how good this is, Chris?”       Huge fan of this Liverpudlian leftfield pop quartet that take their off-kilter melodic sensibilities and cut-and-paste… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Concrete Concrete – “Hues”

  Musique concrete.       Formed by guitarists Andi Wang and Pei Pang, Concrete Concrete is an instrumental post-rock outfit from Brooklyn, NY.     On their latest track “Hues,” airy dream-pop vocals collide… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Pioneer 11 – “School of Fish” (POW Recordings)

  Decidedly cosmic.       LA musicians Alex Hastings and Bryan Gomez are Pioneer 11, your new favorite psychedelic space rock duo.   Much like their NASA robotic space probe namesake from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Market – “Circles” (Healthy Tapes Records)

  That tape-warped guitar strum quiver.       Currently very into the output of Market, a musical project of Melbourne, Australia’s Lee Hannah.     Having been one half of housey duo… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Róisín Murphy – “Incapable” (Mickey Murphy’s Daughter/Loaded Records/BMG)

  Summertime is disco time.       Having enjoyed the musical output of Irish singer and musician Róisín Murphy ever since her Moloko days (I even dropped “Fun For Me” while spinning… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Next.Ape – “The New Three Monkeys” (Shapes No Frame Records)

  Coming up next.       Antoine Pierre, Jerome Klein, Veronika Harcsa, and Lorenzo Di Maio are two Belgians, one Hungarian, and one Luxembourger making experimental sounds as Next.Ape. Their song “The… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tiga & The Martinez Brothers – “Blessed” (Virgil Abloh Future​-​Jazz Remix) (Turbo Recordings)

  Can’t stop playing this.       Fashion designer, founder of the Milan-based Off-White label, DJ, and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection no less, Virgil Abloh knows a good thing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Medasin ft Kathleen – “Always Afternoon” (Alt:Vision Records)

  Dah, dah, dah, dahdahdahdahdah, dah, dah…       Elevate to this gorgeous wave of electronica-flecked R&B from Dallas producer Medasin. Piano keys dance around a lazy beat while singer Kathleen ably… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kazu – “Salty” (Adult Baby Records) (Official Video)

  A salient point well made.       With an intro that reminds me of the outlandish guitar whine that underscores all of Noisey’s British Masters videos (see here to hear what… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Squaring Circles – “Inresolve” (Best & Fairest Records)

  Resolve the mystery.       Brendan Anderson and Julien Huynh are Squaring Circles, an experimental electronic music duo based in Melbourne, Australia. Their monochromatic yet kaleidoscopic track “Inresolve” had me hooked… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dave Harrington Group ft Lars Horntveth of Jaga Jazzist – “Well” (Yeggs Records)

  Well, I say.       Brooklyn avant-garde audio psychedelist and improvisational jazz musician Dave Harrington‘s latest release is an eclectic, messy, fuzz-funked groove experiment that features freeform drums, guitar feedback sloshes,… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Echo Park Lake”

  A Sunday evening beat jam inspired by one of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles.       Dan Digs: “Echo Park Lake”           Listen to this track… Continue reading

Fyfe – “For You” (Deptford Goth Remix)

  “Everything little-little-thing-little-thing-I-little-thing-little-I-do…”   I first became a fan of 24-year-old London producer and singer Fyfe when I heard his track “Lies” last year, which I thought was a beguilingly disenchanted song that recalls… Continue reading

Banoffee – “Got It”

  Melbourne, Australia’s Martha Brown is Banoffee, a singer-songwriter with a taste for sweet retro synths and experimental, honeyed R&B.       Banoffee – “Got It”         With a track this good… Continue reading

Sylvan Esso – “Coffee” (Official Video)

  Singer Amelia Meath & electronic music producer Nick Sanborn hail from Durham, North Carolina.       Together they make experimental, beat-driven, indie-folk as Sylvan Esso.   Their previous single, “Hey Mami,”… Continue reading

Ethiopian Records – “Terrarraw”

  Addis Ababa electronic musician Endeguena Mulu creates dusty experimental bass instrumentals under the name Ethiopian Records.       Love the incorporation of Ethiopian vocal samples from Tewodros Haile and Sewunet Ayele that waft… Continue reading

Shabazz Palaces – “They Come In Gold”

  “One picture is worth a thousand swerves…”       Cannot wait for the new Shabazz Palaces album, Lese Majesty, especially after hearing the alien machinery of brand new track “They Come in Gold.”… Continue reading

Clara Hill – “Lost Winter” (Official Video)

  This beat!   Berlin’s Clara Hill started out by teaming up with the German DJ greats, Jazzanova, to create experimental, electronic jazz.   She’s taken a turn in musical direction since then, and on… Continue reading

Diggs Duke Interview & Live Performance in Downtown Los Angeles – TV Segment Produced for NUVOtv’s Music Program The Collective (Video)

  CLICK HERE & SCROLL TO 4MIN 16SEC TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     Check out this piece on one of the most talented and experimental soul and jazz musicians I know, Washington D.C.’s Diggs Duke,… Continue reading

Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp”

Yukimi Nagano and her high school friends return with the drum-stomping and bass-swirling “Klapp Klapp.”     Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp”       “Klapp Klapp” the first single to be taken… Continue reading

DJ Earl, Mast, Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev, DJ Nobody, MC Nocando at Low End Theory – Wednesday January 29, 2014 (Photos & Vines)

Wednesday night at Low End Theory was live! Every time I walk into the Airliner and enter that upper room, I’m hit with mind-bending sounds of every kind. Entire galaxies of sonic inspiration… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Benign Turbine”

  Happy 2014!   This is a beat jam I rustled up a few hours ago, inspired by this mesmerizing audio I found on YouTube.       Dan Digs – “Benign Turbine”… Continue reading

Listen to Dan Digs’ Top 100 Songs of 2013 – Part 2: 50-1 (Podcast)

  So here it is, the second part of the Top 100: my Top 50 songs of 2013!   Some very unknown, some very well-known, some very minimal, some very maximal, all very… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Podcast: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sun, Dec 1, 2013.

  Yo! Two hours of brand new and magnificent beats, bass, hip-hop, and electronic soul, plus house, jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, and Paul Simon all cooked up together in a casserole of melodic… Continue reading

DJ Koze – “Magical Boy” (Matthew Herbert Remix)

Matthew Herbert is the Dr. Seuss of beats. Far be it from him to wearily patch in an overused drum sample, percussion for Herbert means recording the clanging of a wrench on the… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Podcast: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sun, Oct 13, 2013.

  Like an Angeleno finishing a juice cleanse by heading to In-N-Out, I’m beyond stoked to play you this latest mix. Hope you dig. Let me know your favorite track and where you’re listening… Continue reading

Lonnie Holley – “Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants” (Official Video)

“Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants” is quite possibly my new favorite song title. Lonnie Holley, born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, is the seventh of twenty-seven children. Childhood was chaotic:… Continue reading

Baths – “Ironworks”

“Ironworks” by L.A.’s Will Wiesenfeld bka Baths melds melancholy piano, bittersweet strings, and aching falsetto vocals with a beat that sounds like it was crafted by recording a fist gently smashing a matchstick… Continue reading

B.jamelle – “Rose Tea” (Produced by Diggs Duke) (Free MP3 Download)

Rose-hued, experimentally brewed soul from Washington, D.C.’s B.jamelle, produced and arranged by Diggs Duke.     B.jamelle – “Rose Tea” (Produced by Diggs Duke) (Free MP3 Download)       More melodic musings… Continue reading

Vanilla – “Rashida” (Free Download)

Vanilla is a very talented beatmaker from the UK. I played his track “Morning Sun” from his album Soft Focus a lot last year. “Rashida” is my favorite song from his new(ish) album… Continue reading

Jonti – “Christmas Worm” (Stream)

Stones Throw team up with Jonti to get festive.   Jonti – “Christmas Worm” (Stream)   The “teenage Beck in a barbershop quartet” sound of “Christmas Worm” is one of eight exclusive tracks… Continue reading

Flying Lotus – “Tiny Tortures” (Official Video ft Elijah Wood)

I think this settles once and for all that the true identity of the unknown rapper known only as Captain Murphy is, in fact, quite probably, Hollywood movie star Elijah Wood. Did not… Continue reading

Spaceape – “On the Run” (Official Video)

Hyperdub‘s resident MC and regular Kode9 collaborator the Spaceape pours forth future poetry on this solo endeavor.   Spaceape – “On the Run” (Official Video)   Experimental, tribal, anxious African rhythms.    

Dave Aju – “Homegrown”

If you use unorthodox instruments to build your kicks and snares, it’s only a matter of time before king-of-the-oddly-sourced-beats (banging on pipes under the kitchen sink in a 4/4 rhythm, anyone?) Matthew Herbert… Continue reading

How to Dress Well – “Cold Nites” (Live at Way Out West 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden)

Soaring, ethereal R&B and experimental beats from Brooklyn’s Tom Krell aka How to Dress Well. Here he performs his song “Cold Nites” in a candlelit church in Gothenburg, Sweden as part of the… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – August 25, 2012 Tracklisting

My favorite songs of the week all in the mix tonight. Leftfield hip-hop, future beats, interstellar bass, and rare electronic soul.       Highlights include a German version of “NY State of… Continue reading

Kastle – “Can’t Explain”

This latest one from San Francisco producer and Symbols label boss Kastle.   It’s all about the drums at 1min 30sec.    

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – August 18, 2012 Tracklisting – The Sound-Off! with Special Guest Futurewife

The Dig Deep radio show welcomes Seattle producer Futurewife to the KBCS studio for the Sound-off! 6 rounds, 6 categories, 12 songs, and buckets of beats, basslines, and music talk. Plus we spin… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – August 4, 2012 Tracklisting – Special Live Future Beat Mix in the Studio from Kasata Sound (Video)

Two hours of the freshest, newest, and most vivacious beats, beats, hip-hop, and future soul, plus the odd hand-brake swerve as we careen through genres and musical boundaries on that late late late… Continue reading

Vacationer – “Trip” (Official Video)

File under Nu-hula. I’ll let Vacationer introduce themselves. As per their Facebook page: Most people do not take vacations often enough, some not at all. Quality vacations let us recapture that feeling of… Continue reading

Walter Ego ft Trim – “Set Off” (Official Video)

Joining the dots. To get familiar with East London MC and former Roll Deep member Trim, listen to his track “Confidence Boost” as excellently reworked by James Blake under his Harmonimix alias. Here… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – August 4, 2012 Tracklisting

The Dig Deep radio show is back after a two week hiatus! Two hours of beats, bass, future hip-hop, and electronic soul in the mix tonight.   Unfortunately this episode is no longer… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – July 21, 2012 Tracklisting – The Sound-Off! with Special Guest Vox Mod

The Dig Deep radio show welcomes experimental electronic beats and bass producer Vox Mod to the KBCS studio tonight for the Sound-off! 6 rounds, 6 musical categories, 12 songs, 2 music aficionados, and… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – July 7, 2012 Tracklisting – The Sound-Off! with Special Guest Seattle Times Music Writer Andrew Matson

The Sound-off! tonight welcomes Seattle Times music writer Andrew Matson to the KBCS studio. 6 rounds, 6 musical categories, 12 songs, 2 music aficionados, and a hot air balloon basket-load of upfront beats,… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – June 30, 2012 Tracklisting

Stupendously superb soulful sounds from the street for the summer on the show ce soir! Big ups to all the regular listeners and anyone listening for the first time. Welcome aboard!    … Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – June 23, 2012 Tracklisting

Too many great tunes in the mix tonight. New, old, electronic, soul, beats, heat, bass, space. Let me know what you’re liking and what you dig by emailing dan@dandigs.com and get yourself shouted… Continue reading