Tag Archive: London

Why Goldie’s Timeless is the Perfect Winter Album

It is fast becoming a yearly ritual of mine to listen to Goldie‘s Timeless album in full, straight through, every winter, because it is the perfect winter album.     Cueing up the… Continue reading

Jean Deaux – “Find U” (Produced by Sampha)

Anything that features even a few bars of Sampha‘s production or vocal talent deserves an automatic click of the play button. Here the English falsetto wizard teams up with Chicago’s Jean Deaux (correctly… Continue reading

Burial – “Rival Dealer” & “Hiders” & “Come Down to Us” (Rival Dealer EP)

Earlier today, at around 10am, the nocturnal and bristly beats, clicks, and hiss from the brand new Rival Dealer EP from the unidentified, mysterious, and highly-acclaimed UK producer Burial were freshly streaming from the Internet… 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

Tev’n – “Rose Petal” (Free Download)

North London’s Tev’n Kennedy wafts waves of 21st century R&B vocal echoes and skittery beat twitchery at you.   Tev’n – “Rose Petal” (Free Download)       Download “Rose Petal” for free… Continue reading

Listen/Download the Latest Episode of the Dan Digs Podcast: 120 Minutes of Beats, Bass, Hip-hop, & Electronic Soul. Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

  Another brand new installment of the Dan Digs radio show is now live!   Two hours of beats, bass, hip-hop, and electronic soul-house-jazz music, plus some Icelandic and Peruvian folk gem surprises.… Continue reading

Maribou State – “Blue Sunday”

I’ve always enjoyed Maribou State‘s musical output. All of Chris Davids and Liam Ivory’s sonic productions maintain a steady, consistent groove throughout, but what sets them far apart from other electronic acts in… Continue reading

10 Ways in Which Your First Time at Bikram Yoga Is Pretty Much Identical to Taking the London Underground at Rush Hour in July

The only way to mentally and physically survive both hot yoga and taking the tube through the belly of London in the sweltering summer heat is to keep calm and not allow yourself… Continue reading

T.R.A.C. ft Yahzeed Divine – “This Is That” (Produced by Marc Mac)

This is that hip-hop of superlative quality produced by one of my musical heroes: 4hero’s Marc Mac.   T.R.A.C. ft Yahzeed Divine – “This Is That” (Produced by Marc Mac)     Get… Continue reading

Kasket – “Warm Regards” (Official Video)

Ambient atmospherics from British producer Kasket aka Charlie Baldwin. The best part is when that Cinematic Orchestra-esque beat comes in at 1min 59sec. It makes the song. Some nice Spanish guitar in there,… Continue reading

Paul Hill – “Need Me Some U”

My favorite track from Gilles Peterson‘s latest Brownswood Bubblers comp. This subtle jazz-soul stomper has the Mahogani sound all over it.   Paul Hill – “Need Me Some U”     Saturday sun-filled… Continue reading

Laura Mvula – “She” (MJ Cole Remix)

  Mathematical fact alert! MJ Cole = summer.   Loving these Todd Edwards-esque vocal scissorings of Laura Mvula’s melody, those swinging UK garage beats, these regal strings, and the electronic piano treble jazz-fill… Continue reading

Shy FX ft Liam Bailey – “Soon Come” (Official Video)

Jungle godfather Shy FX takes a break from the frenzy of drum ‘n’ bass and opts to expertly concoct some simmering, hazy reggae instead.   Shy FX ft Liam Bailey – “Soon Come”… Continue reading

Barbarossa – “Turbine” (Official Video) (Free Download)

Fresh from supporting José González‘s band Junip in New York last week, East London’s suitably red-bearded James Mathé, otherwise known as Barbarossa, combines a large, simple Black Keys-ish garage rock-soul guitar riff and tussled… Continue reading

Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep – “Sacrifice” (Official Video)

Future-funked acid house all day. Watch the accompanying video that resembles the 3D graph blueprints on the 4D desk of some 5D cosmic alien architect.   Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep – “Sacrifice”… Continue reading

Ben Hayes ft Naomi Banks – “Colours” (Free Download)

If Bonobo was signed to Brainfeeder, he might sound a lot like south-east London producer Ben Hayes. “Colours” is a slow, late-night, introspective excursion into lightly-dusted beats, burgundy upright bass, sparse piano flourishes,… Continue reading

Omar – “The Man” (Official Video)

This funky bassoon bassline is destined to heavily soundtrack my summer. Omar is the man.   Omar – “The Man” (Official Video)     “The Man” is taken from Omar‘s forthcoming new album,… Continue reading

Fyfe – “Lies”

23-year-old London musician Fyfe blends relaxed and gently plodding drums, soulful and gently soaring vocals, and nonchalant and gentle indie guitar plinking to create this beguilingly disenchanted song that recalls Radiohead’s “Talk Show… Continue reading

L-Vis 1990 – “Signal”

  Raw, retro, reductionist, Juno-heavy newness from the Night Slugs label co-boss.       L-Vis 1990 – “Signal”         Catch more bass shake, rattle, and roll from L-Vis 1990… Continue reading

88 Classic Tracks from 1977-1997 that Inspired Daft Punk’s Homework (Free Download)

  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

Portico Quartet ft Cornelia – “Steepless” (Official Video) (Free Download)

Steepless and steel rattle. This song is a collaboration first for Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Keir Vine, aka London’s Portico Quartet, here teaming up with Swedish singer Cornelia, and what sounds… Continue reading

London Grammar – “Hey Now”

Hannah, Daniel, and Dot are London Grammar. As the cryptic clue in their name suggests, they are from London. They are also currently catching a lot of well-deserved attention for their gentle and… Continue reading

Watch BBC Radio 1’s Benji B Perform Songs by Dwele, Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Raphael Saddiq Live with a 16-Piece String Ensemble at Maida Vale Studios, London (Official Video)

DJ Benji B, arranger Grant Windsor, and their 16-piece string ensemble reorchestrate 12 future soul and beat culture standards live on BBC Radio 1.   Click below to watch what is undoubtedly the… Continue reading

Bullion – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Pet Sounds in the Key of Dee: the Beach Boys vs J Dilla)

From a few years back. Nothing as sweet to the ears as some chopped-up, warm, and soaring Beach Boys harmonies over some steady-strollin’, hi-hat-happy, ice-cold Dilla beats. Respect to the man like Nathan… Continue reading

Part-Time Heroes – “Words” (Fybe:One Remix) & “Heaven Won’t Make Your Wish Come True” ft Colonel Red (Stream)

Couldn’t decide which new track I thought was more incredible from Ross Wakefield and Toby Vane aka London’s Part-Time Heroes, so I ended up posting ’em both! Taken from “Holy,” the third single… Continue reading

Barney Artist – “Mystery” (Official Video)

Late night Monday night London hip-hop vibes.   “Mystery” is the third single to be taken from Barney Artist‘s #BAEP EP.    

Bat for Lashes – “All Your Gold” (Hercules and Love Affair Remix)

Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan’s latest parlor pop single “All Your Gold” mines and mimics the eccentric, operatic success of stars Florence and Marina (and their Machine and Diamonds respectively), but it’s… Continue reading

The Insomniax ft Roses Gabor – “Friday Comes”

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

The Nextmen vs Joe Dukie of Fat Freddy’s Drop – “When We Fight”

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

Warren Xclnce – “Say Goodbye” (Free Download)

Say hello to unsigned London beatmaker Warren Xclnce.   Warren Xclnce – “Say Goodbye” (Free Download)   More Xclnce here.    

Andrew Ashong & Theo Parrish – “Flowers”

  End of summer tune.   London-via-Ghana musician Andrew Ashong teams up with Detroit techno svengali Theo Parrish to create nine minutes of rattling, soul-infused, slow house.       Andrew Ashong &… Continue reading

The Versatile Vocal Talent of Kwabs aka Kwabena Adjepong (Video)

This voice!     London’s Kwabs demonstrates his majectic vocal versatility at Buckingham Palace as part of the BBC TV series Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment, hosted by the renowned British drum ‘n’… Continue reading

JJ DOOM – “Guv’nor” (Official Video)

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

Black Atlass – “Castles” (Official Video)

London, Ontario, Canada’s Alex Fleming is Black Atlass.   Bleak yet monumental, as castles often are.    

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

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

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

Zara McFarlane – “Police & Thieves” (Junior Murvin Cover)

  August music in every sense of the word.         This sublime soul-jazz cover of Junior Murvin’s reggae standard “Police and Thieves” will feature on Zara McFarlane‘s second album out… 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

Om Unit ft Tamara Blessa – “Dark Sunrise” (Official Video)

Katy B might have popularized the pop-dubstep template, but this goes one better by sounding far more subtle, underground, and woozy.   Om Unit plays Stop Biting at Lo-Fi in Seattle on August… Continue reading

Famous Eno ft MC Stitch – “All Good FM” (Official Video)

Played this big-tings-a-gwan homage to London pirate radio on the radio show on Friday. Those rave synth stabs, junglish beats, and multi-handclaps, plus MC Stitch’s incredible vox.   It’s VIBES!    

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

New from Ben Westbeech aka Breach – “You Won’t Find Love Again” (Clip)

Funny how Ben Westbeech’s funky, bass-driven throwback house output under the moniker Breach always sounds so much more confident than his singalong soul tracks recorded under his real name, given that he’s a… 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

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – June 16, 2012 Tracklisting – New Feature: the Sound-Off! with Special Guest City Arts Magazine Senior Editor Jonathan Zwickel

Very excited to welcome City Arts magazine’s senior editor Jonathan Zwickel to the studio tonight for the inaugural edition of the Sound-off! feature on the Dig Deep radio show.   6 rounds, 6… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – June 9, 2012 Tracklisting – Special Juke/Footwork/Trap Live Mix!

Good evening. Big show for you tonight.     Here’s how it popped and locked. ***FIRST TRACK TRAPS LANA AAAAND KICKS OFF “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JUKE” BLENDED WITH A “YO! KBCS TRAPS”… Continue reading

Listen/Download this Week’s DIG DEEP Radio Show with Dan Digs: Beats, Bass & Electronic Soul on KBCS 91.3FM Seattle – June 2, 2012 Tracklisting

Tonight’s edition of the Dig Deep radio show got well housey, well hip-hoppy, well chiptuney, and got itself looking, well, quite splendid all around with the beats, bass, and electronic soul.   Here’s… Continue reading