Tag Archive: LA

Music by Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (Ann Peebles Cover)

  Against my window…       Recorded during the downpour in LA last night.     SUNRAYYS – “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (Ann Peebles Cover)            … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Cinematic Orchestra ft Roots Manuva – “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” (Ninja Tune)

  Finally.       One of my very favorite musical outfits, the Cinematic Orchestra make a welcome return in 2019 with “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life,” taken from their first album in 12… 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

Diggin’ This: Maurice Louca – “The Leper” (Northern Spy Records/Sub Rosa Records)

  The ideal sound to open up 2019.       Cairo, Egypt experimental composer and musician Maurice Louca starts January in the best possible way with his new track, “The Leper,” which brims… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 30 Remixes of 2018

  Here are my favorite 30 reinterpretations, reevaluations, and reworks from this year.         30. The Seshen – “All I Know” (Rhi Mix) 29. The Avalanches – “Because I’m Me”… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 30 Albums of 2018

  Here it is. A list of my 30 favorite albums from the year two thousand eighteen.         30. Jungle – For Ever (XL) 29. Onra – Nobody Has To Know… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 100 Tracks of 2018

  Music of 2018, you were very, very, very good to us.         Here are my favorite one hundred tracks from this year.     100. Kali Uchis ft Tyler,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Babeheaven – “November”

  November in December.       West London’s Nancy Andersen and Jamie Travis write music as Babeheaven. Their latest song, “November,” is a stark and blue-hued indie-soul offering, enriched by steady strings,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Steve Spacek – “Carnival Nights” (Eglo Records)

  The perfect combination of spaceship soul, digital doo-wop, bleepy blip-hop, astral bruk business, and satellite scat.       It’s hard to pick just one, but the infectious yet delicate post-broken beat… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sampology ft Seven Davis Jr – “Blooming In the Streets” (Middle Name Records)

  “Don’t go bringing up the future to those who live in the past.”       “Blooming In the Streets” sees Brisbane’s Sampology teaming up with LA-via-Houston’s Seven Davis Jr to create… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Laser Background (Andy Molholt from Speedy Ortiz) – “Wasting Away” (Official Video)

  Cannot stop pirouetting to this technicolor, tropical indie bop from Philly musician and Speedy Ortiz guitarist Andy Molholt, otherwise known as Laser Background.       Shades of Pond psychedelia meet 60s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Shadowgraphs – “Before the Time” (Golden Brown Records)

  Best listened to while turning in circles, head and hands raised to a better future.       I’m very completely feeling this neo-psychedelic nugget from Portland, Oregon band Shadowgraphs.    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Oso Leone – “Virtual U” (Apollo Records)

  Brb, just sailing into an Ibizan sunset.       Barcelona quartet Oso Leone return after five years with “Virtual U,” a dreamy, sun-drenched, R&Balearic delicacy.     Warm electronic keys meet… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sea Moya – “New Past” (Majestic Casual Records)

  “I will meet you there And I will bring my danceshoes and we’ll dance where The light will cut the air…”       Montreal-via-Germany digital indie-funk outfit Sea Moya wrote and… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Chip Wickham – “Snake Eyes” (Ishmael Ensemble Remix) (Lovemonk Records)

  A strut supreme.       “Snake Eyes” by Madrid-via-UK flautist, saxophonist, and jazz multi-talent Chip Wickham gets the remix treatment by Pete Cunningham’s Bristol, UK-based experimental electronic jazz collective Ishmael Ensemble.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Julien Dyne – “Design” (Soundway Records)

  The groove is real.       On “Design,” Berlin-via-Wellington-via-Auckland-via-Montreal musician, drummer, DJ, and visual artist Julien Dyne opens with a gritty, Theo Parrish-ish beat loop and shimmering piano punctuation before melting it… Continue reading

Dan Digs Live: DJ Set Opening for James Lavelle at the LA Premiere of “The Man from Mo’ Wax” at the Regent Theater in DTLA

  Somewhere in space (or in DTLA at least) this may all be happening right now.         Was a blast DJing before James Lavelle at the LA premiere of “The Man… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Skinshape – “After Midnight” (Lewis Recordings)

  Khruangbin meets a Money Mark instrumental meets early downtempo Bonobo.       Like many of my favorite musical moments, “After Midnight” by London’s Skinshape takes its cues from when the late… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs in Conversation with Madison McFerrin on Dublab with New Music from BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon, Swindle feat. Andrew Ashong, Fatima, Konradsen

  It was a pleasure hanging out with Madison McFerrin on the air and playing some of her favorite songs while I was hosting the Destination OUT! Radio Hour yesterday morning at Dublab.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jadu Heart – “The Cure” (VLF Records)

  Jadu Heart have the cure.       From the moment I heard those mandolin-ish (or quite definitely maybe an acoustic guitar in a London flat) plucks paired with those heavy handclaps,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Scott Xylo – “Hold On” (Black Acre)

  In the mood for some very excellent soupy psychedelic jazz that glimmers with experimental wonder?       You are, then, very much in the right place.     “Hold On,” from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: YesYou ft OFEI – “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” (The Korgis Cover)

  Autumnal audio.       Originally recorded in 1980 by the Korgis, the pop-ballad hit “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” got the cover treatment a few years back by London soul musician… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Nao Yoshioka – “The Truth” (Produced by Khari Mateen) (Yamaha Music/Sweet Soul Records)

  “Never lose what you know to be true.”       Produced by Khari Mateen (The Roots, Jill Scott), Tokyo-via-New York-via Osaka singer-songwriter Nao Yoshioka‘s “The Truth” is an uplifting and ebullient neo-soul… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Teddy Obot – “Amnesia” (The Function Records) (Live Video)

  May the falsetto be with you.       Huge fan of this one-take low-lit late-in-the-evening live video of “Amnesia,” the latest single from rising LA-via-Nigeria future soul artist Teddy Obot.  … Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on the Expedition Radio Show

  Big thanks to the Expedition Radio family for having me on their show last week!       Shouts to Derrick, Baby Bubba, Plann B, and Hossien for being some of the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sam Wilkes – “Tonight” (Leaving Records)

  Underwater jazz that sounds like it’s on fire.       “Tonight” by Los Angeles jazz musician Sam Wilkes is a stew of hazy horns (including alto sax from Sam Gendel) from… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jerry Paper ft Weyes Blood – “Grey Area” (Stones Throw)

  Jerry Paper is here to augment your August.       Featuring Weyes Blood, “Grey Area” finds the Los Angeles musician combining textured acoustic guitar, doo-wop falsetto, and mid-century lounge crooning to produce… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – “Alright Alright” & New “Beachgaze Inspirations” Spotify Playlist

  It’s all gonna be alright.       “Alright Alright” is inspired by visions of beaches and palm trees and LA while listening to the Beta Band, UNKLE, Beck, the Charlatans, Toro… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tomas Barfod – “Better Than I Would” (rAHHH Remix) (Friends of Friends)

  Having been an advocate of the musical output of both Copenhagen’s Tomas Barfod and London’s rAHHH for quite some time now, I am therefore reasonably and understandably overjoyed to hear their talents collide… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: JD. Reid ft Henry Wu & Venna – “Just Know”

  Long live the jazz.       UK producer JD. Reid has teamed up with fellow London musicians Henry Wu and Venna to produce “Just Know,” an agile and taut, future-proofed jazz-grime cut.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Henry Green – “Another Light” (Akira Records)

  Bonobo meets Rhye.       Bristol, UK-based producer Henry Green starts 2018 strong with “Another Light,” an emotive and gentle, garage-folk [Is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing!] Jon… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 30 Remixes of 2017

  My favorite 30 remixes of this year.       30. Kelela – “Truth or Dare x Steve Gurley’s Hotboys” (Bok Bok Edit) 29. De Lux – “875 Dollars” (Juan Maclean’s Casa… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 30 Albums of 2017

  A list of the 30 albums I enjoyed the most this year.       30. Dauwd – Theory of Colours (Ninja Tune) 29. The xx – I See You (Young Turks)… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 100 Tracks of 2017

  Right before your very ears, here are my favorite tracks, songs, beats, melodies, and vibes from the year that was 2017.       100. Jadu Heart – “Harry Brompton’s Ice Tea”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fieh – “Glu” (Vibbefanger Records) (Official Video)

  Stuck on “Glu.”       22-year-old Norwegian musician Sofie Tollefsbøl and her 9-piece band make music as Fieh. Their latest track is irresistible from the start, with ascending horn lines, jazz… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Calypso Rose – “Leave Me Alone” ft Manu Chao (Yaeji Remix) (Mad Decent Records)

  One of 2017’s most innovative artists, Korean-American singer and producer Yaeji turns in an irresistible and delicate house rework of the Manu Chao-assisted “Leave Me Alone” by New York’s Calypso Rose.      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Zephyr Bones – “Telephone” (La Castanya Records) (Official Video)

  Chileans Brian Silva and Jossip Tkalcic came all the way to Barcelona to meet Carlos Ramos and Marc López and form the Zephyr Bones, a band who specialize in crafting exquisite and lazy psychedelic… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Hot Toddy – “Love Can Set You Free” (House of Disco Records)

  Love is all.       One half of Crazy P, Chris Todd, better known as Hot Toddy, is no stranger to disco-fueled house burners.     “Love Can Set You Free,”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Khruangbin – “Maria También” (Night Time Stories)

  Literally impossible to dislike.       Texas trio Khruangbin return with the absolutely delightful “Maria También,” a rigorously funky first single from their upcoming second album, Con Todo El Mundo, which… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: SUNRAYYS – “Tea Leaf Dancers” (Flying Lotus Cover)

  My time’s made up, I gotta go.         One of my all-time favorite songs gets a nocturnal djembe beachgaze rework.     SUNRAYYS – “Tea Leaf Dancers” (Flying Lotus… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Fatima – “Somebody Else” (Produced by JD. Reid) (Official Video)

  Completely in love with this beat.       London-via-Stockholm singer Fatima returns to Eglo Records with “Somebody Else,” a collaboration with London producer JD. Reid that features razor-sharp drums, fractured digital… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM Live from Eagle Rock Music Festival: New Music from Jadu Heart, the Breathing Effect, Diggs Duke, L’Orange ft Oddisee, Hello Skinny (Video)

  Last Saturday saw Worldwide FM broadcasting live from the Eagle Rock Music Festival.       Was truly a pleasure to join Steve Nalepa, Money Mark, Jimetta Rose, and Iman Omari on… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Breathing Effect – “Josephine” (Alpha Pup Records)

  The stunning, psychedelic, freeform acoustic jazz effect.       LA-based singer-keyboardist Eli Goss and NY-based drummer-bassist Harry Terrell are the Breathing Effect.   Their song “Josephine,” which I played on my… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: Charlotte Dos Santos Live in Conversation + New Music from Nai Palm, Ibeyi, Werkha, Sly5thAve with Jimetta Rose, Roy Ayers as remixed by Young Pulse

  For my latest show on Worldwide FM, I spoke with Charlotte Dos Santos, one of my favorite artists of 2017, backstage before her debut Los Angeles show at Center for the Arts Eagle… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ivan Conti – “Azul” (Max Graef Remix) (Far Out Recordings)

  Bleep-hop for the beach.   Germany’s Max Graef steps up to remix one of Brazil’s finest drummers and one third of Azymuth, Ivan “Mamão” Conti.       Graef’s rework of “Azul” is… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sudan Archives – “Water” (Stones Throw Records) (Official Video)

  Handclaps, finger snaps, meandering bass drones, plucked strings, and soothing vocals make up the entirety of Sudan Archives‘ very excellent new track, “Water.”       Check out the video below, directed… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lazy Salon – “Hot Dinners”

  Dusty vintage drums, my favorite kind.       On “Hot Dinners,” New Jersey’s Lazy Salon, also known as Sean Byrne, throws said dusty vintage drums, reminiscent of early DJ Shadow, against… Continue reading

Backstage with Dan Digs – Episode 1: James Lavelle

  Very excited to share this new TV show with you.       Backstage with Dan Digs is a new music-centric interview series set in green rooms and iconic concert venues across… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gavin Turek – “Birdie Bees” (Madame Gold Records)

  Those strutting drums, those dripping guitar chords, and those honeyed vocals that transport you from ’17 to ’71, “Birdie Bees” is my favorite Gavin Turek song to date.       Track… Continue reading

Listen Back to Dan Digs on Worldwide FM: New Music from Floating Points, Kyle Hall, Washed Out x Lone, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Sam Irl & Dusty

  Good times as always on Worldwide FM last week. I hosted and spun a selection of my favorite tracks live from the mighty Red Gate Recorders studio in Highland Park.       Musical gems in… Continue reading