This agitated, gritty heatwave loop from Eglo’s mysterious new signing, Strange U, believed to be a moniker of UK hip-hop stalwart Kashmere the Iguana Man. Although why anyone would even think about adopting… Continue reading
Dublin, Ireland’s Conor Keeling pays tribute to Daft Punk’s imminent return by compiling a two-hour mix of the French duo’s self-professed “teachers.” 88 Classic Tracks from 1977-1997 that Inspired… Continue reading
43 songs this week, all of them rather amazing. Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes of the Dan Digs… Continue reading
Forty of my favorite tracks from this week in one two-hour mix. Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes of… Continue reading
Heard this Main Attrakionz song at the end of episode three of Red Bull Music Academy’s H∆SHTAG$ web series on emerging genres of music, “Don’t Call It #CloudRap,” and immediately had to track… Continue reading
Two hours of my favorite brand new beats and my favorite brand old classics from this week. Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to… Continue reading
Summer come early. Chris Turner – “LiquidLOVE” Download Chris Turner‘s downright stunning soul album, LOVElife is a Challenge, for free here.
My favorite 41 tracks of this week, all up, down, left, and right in the mix. Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to… Continue reading
After a five month hiatus, the Dan Digs Radio Show is back! Unfortunately this episode is no longer available. Head over to iTunes here to listen to new episodes of the… Continue reading
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
The best part of this new, much anticipated new Justin Timberlake-Timbaland-Jay-Z collab is the simple harmony flourish at 2:27, which pretty much explains why the whole world loved Justified. The worst part of… Continue reading
Pet sounds from the uniquely gifted child of light that is Lil B. Lil B – “I Love You” (Official Video) #Based #Rare #ILoveYou #Tears #Pets
Paris, France’s Mr. Bibal homage to the “heavenly fields” of his home city feels appropriately light and airy, and bounces along quite nicely. Forget jewelry and necklaces, we need more singers dedicated to… Continue reading
First-person music videos are usually pretty powerful pieces of art. Without asking permission, both Gomez’s “See the World” and, more controversially, the Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” temporarily reverse the normal artist-fan relationship… Continue reading
From the Fugees to Nas to the Wu-Tang Clan, the output of Philadelphia soul outfit the Delfonics is an oft-mined hip-hop sample staple source. The haunting lilt of “Stop and Look (And You… Continue reading
This is special. Two sublime and subaqueous folk acoustic cover versions of two hip-hop classics. Mos Def’s “Umi Says” & the Pharcyde’s “Runnin” by B.J. Smith (Folk Acoustic Cover Versions) Download… Continue reading
When Paul McCartney’s not busy reuniting and fronting Nirvana, he may find his catchy Christmas synth-singalong “Wonderful Christmastime” being sampled and flipped into a R&B cut for the festive season by Detroit’s Black… Continue reading
Questions drop into blues guitar chord puddles amidst gently insistent vintage drums. Arima Ederra ft Blu – “Questions” (Produced by Bhonstro) (Free Download) Download this track for free here.
Soulful French rap by Lille, France’s Pink Tee. Pink Tee – “It’s Yours” (Official Video) It goes without saying that Pink Tee has got the colorful patterned shirt game on lock.… Continue reading
Some real rhyme origami here from Homeboy Sandman. Homeboy Sandman – “Illuminati” (Official Video) Homeboy‘s poetry is illuminating.
17-year-old Flatbush, Brooklyn native Joey Bada$$ continues to shine with his tight and talented throwback rap. Joey Bada$$ ft Chuck Strangers – “Fromdatomb$” (Official Video) Joey Bada$$‘s latest mixtape featuring his… Continue reading
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.
San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA rapper Blu and hip-hop producer Exile caught my ear earlier this year with “The Great Escape,” which featured expertly cut beats and catchy, phased vocal samples, plus the… Continue reading
That starry soul-hop from outer space-via-Amsterdam. La Melodia is MC Melodee and producer I.N.T. I can easily hear Pharrell’s falsetto and his signature live drums lacing a remix of this one. La… Continue reading
The consistent quality of leftfield hip-hop, soul, and jazz label Stones Throw Records is unparalleled. “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)” (Official Teaser) Out 2013. More info… Continue reading
Late night Monday night London hip-hop vibes. “Mystery” is the third single to be taken from Barney Artist‘s #BAEP EP.
Tell me this ain’t a dope loop. Taken from the Chi-Lites’ classic “I Just Want to Hold You.” Listen to the sample lifted from the original at 3:05. More beats from the… Continue reading
South African emcees and kwaito specialists Ruffest (pictured below) meet South London Hyperdub beatsmiths LV. This one has some serious bounce.
Guadeloupe’s Tysmé fuses 90s hip-hop flows in French with the electronics of the early 2010s. “Future School (Ipòp Elòj)” is produced by Toronto beatmaker Sunclef. Free download of Tysmé’s latest album… Continue reading
Relaxed rhymes from Homeboy Sandman that are so spacious you could sail a zeppelin in between bars and not even touch the sides. Flute loops and piano keys courtesy of the producer Jonwayne.… Continue reading
It’s always Friday somewhere. Kind of. Well, technically, it isn’t, but it would be nice if it was. London’s Kai Gama and Dr Sydney Velvet are the MCs, producers, and brothers otherwise known… Continue reading
Breezy, lovely, joyful electronic soul from Los Angeles’ Breezy Lovejoy. A new favorite. Fans of Plantlife and 4hero’s later output will most definitely dig. Breezy Lovejoy – “Paradise” “Paradise” and eight… Continue reading
The dub reggae lilt of New Zilla’s Fat Freddy’s Drop vocalist Joe Dukie gets a propulsive bass-step boost from the Nextmen. The Nextmen vs Joe Dukie of Fat Freddy’s Drop – “When… Continue reading
Say hello to unsigned London beatmaker Warren Xclnce. Warren Xclnce – “Say Goodbye” (Free Download) More Xclnce here.
DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot, and DJ Food get it together to mix a very special radio show for Ninja Tune. Taking its name from a track on the Demos & Outtakes compilation, Caught… Continue reading
JJ DOOM is the collab between leftfield hip-hop’s rapper-producer Jneiro Jarel & London-born, metal-masked MC DOOM. Viewing notes: 1. Saying “Ello guv’nor!” in an overly angular Cockney accent is oddly satisfying. Dropping… Continue reading
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
This snare just made my day. Paris, France’s mighty Onra teams up with Cool Kid Chuck Inglish to release this unreleased demo. Onra ft Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids –… Continue reading
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
Queens, NY rapper and Stones Throw signee Homeboy Sandman shares his story. The Boy Sand‘s full-length debut album First of a Living Breed is released on September 18.
Philadelphia emcee and producer Has-Lo‘s “Fiber Optics” gets remixed by Paten Locke and retitled “Inherit the Stars.” The Mello Music Group label accurately describes director Nathan Hunter’s video above as an “animated,… Continue reading