Tag Archive: Music Blog

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 22 – New Music from A. K. Paul, Cleo Sol, Pete Josef,  Oddisee, Ruthven, The Seshen, Dan Shake, Michael Kiwanuka, Bonobo, Lone – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 22!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 22!     A 60-minute mix… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Odina – “Heartache” (Official Video)

  Catalan country.       Taking cues from Bjork’s rarefied vocal performances and fellow Barcelonan Rosalia’s artistic aesthetic leanings, rising star Odina delivers a compelling, confident musical vision.        … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brijean – “Moody” (Ghostly International)

  A mood-infused groove.       Oakland’s Brijean Murphy (who has played percussion for DanDigs.com favorites Toro Y Moi and Poolside) and Doug Stuart (who has played in Bells Atlas and Meernaa,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Orion Sun – “Birds Gave Up” (Mom + Pop Music)

  Orion Sun is shining.        “Birds Gave Up” is the final track on Orion Sun‘s new album, Hold Space for Me. It’s an elegant and elevated love song, solely comprised… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 21 – Romare, Jayda G, Birds of the West, Leisure, Mildlife, Caribou, Floating Points, MJ Cole – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 21!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 21!     A 60-minute mix… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dojo Cuts ft Natalie Slade – “If My Love Was Enough”

  Pain does not exist in this dojo.       Sydney’s Dojo Cuts aka Nathan Aust has teamed up with Melbourne future soul singer Natalie Slade to create “If My Love Was… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Genevieve Artadi – “Hot Mess” (Brainfeeder Records)

  Very much into this new single from LA vocalist and producer Genevieve Artadi.       “Hot Mess” is a happily melancholic, lighter-than-air, Stereolab-ish experimental pop composition that fuses jazz electronics with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Colorama – “And” (Produced by Shawn Lee) (Banana & Louie Records)

  Welsh psychedelia par excellence.        Carwyn Ellis, the man behind Colorama, has teamed up with Shawn Lee, the man behind his very own Ping Pong Orchestra and collaborations with AM,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: James Tillman – “Moonshine” (Musella Creative)

  “Things may come and things may go… but not my love for you…”       Buoyed by a machine-like, churning beat that is occasionally substituted with a steady rimshot, “Moonshine” by… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 20 – Music from 4hero, Courtney Pine, Attica Blues, Roy Ayers & Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Public Enemy, Madlib – Special Guest: Kassa Overall (Includes an Unreleased Kassa Track!)

  Show number 20!         For LOOPS + DOTS this month I had a chat with Brooklyn-via-Seattle experimental jazz musician Kassa Overall over Zoom outside a Starbucks in Queen Anne, Seattle.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jadu Heart – “Suddenly I Know Who You Are”

  Extremely heartened to hear this new batch of songs from one of the best duos in experimental indie-pop-soul.       Now based in Bristol (and no longer wearing facial coverings that… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tora – “Call Your Name”

  Mood-infused UK soul.       London singer-songwriter Tora combines synth keys, raw horns, and impassioned vocals to create “Call Your Name,” a yearning yet confident R&B cut.     Track of… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 19 – New Music from Bibio, Photay, Khruangbin, Little Simz, Altopalo, Jonah Yano, Lianne La Havas, Natalie Slade, Chicano Batman, Henry Green – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 19!       Hope all is very good with your good self.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 19!      … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Paul Epworth ft Jay Electronica, Lil Silva, Dave Bayley from Glass Animals – “Love Galaxy” (Official Video)

  “Cake so sweet it don’t need no icing…”       Sounding like the best song Gorillaz never wrote, “Love Galaxy” wears its star power on its sleeve.      Paul Epworth,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: altopalo – “powerlines” (Samedi Records)

  Eclecticity.       A delicate yet driving experimental invention by lead singer Rahm Silverglade, bassist Jesse Bielenberg, guitarist Mike Haldeman, and drummer Dillon Treacy, otherwise known as the New York quartet altopalo.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Royce Wood Junior ft Shirazpapi – “Graffiti”

  Rex Orange Country meets A.K. Paul.       Heavily into this new excellence from Royce Wood Junior featuring Shirazpapi (nice).     I’ve been into the London producer’s work ever since… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Lizette & Quevin – “Grow Forever” (Big Crown Records)

  “You could grow forever, if you let yourself.”       Beginning with a pensively picked acoustic guitar, “Grow Forever” is a singalong soul throwback that leans back complete with vibraphone chimes,… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 18 – New Music from Yaeji, Tokimonsta, James Alexander Bright, Kllo, Duke Hugh, Dane Orr of Sonnymoon, Myele Manzanza, Skinshape – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 18!         Hope you’re doing well and keeping safe and healthy.     LOOPS + DOTS is back with another special all-music mix for episode 18!    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Cleo Sol – “Rose In the Dark” (Forever Living Originals)

  Do you know, do you know, do you know that things get better?       Taking cues from the percussive xylophone chimes of Shuggie Otis’ “Strawberry Letter 23” and the instrumentation… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Konradsen – “The Year Is Over” (Cascine Records)

  Jenny Marie Sabel and Eirik Vildgren’s year has just begun.       My favorite Oslo-via-Troms duo return with “The Year is Over,” which, despite it’s foreboding title, is a simple, stripped-down beam… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Coco – “Empty Beach”

  Mysteriously mysterious.       Not a lot is known about Coco, an unknown group from an unknown locale making very beautiful music.     To date, they’ve only released “Empty Beach,”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: 幾何学模様 (Kikagaku Moyo) – “Mushi No Uta” (Sub Pop Records)

  まったり…       I’ve never felt so chilled.      “Mushi No Uta,” (“A Bug’s Song,” if you will), the latest from Tokyo psychedelic rock band Kikagaku Moyo (“Geometric Patterns” in… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Black Square ft Laville – “Coral Blues” (Blind Colour)

  Electronic soul steppin’.        “Coral Blues” is the latest single from Andrew Beaton, otherwise known as Brighton, UK-based musician and producer Black Square.      It’s a stunningly soulful cut… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Leifur James – “Wise Old Man” (Night Time Stories)

  Wise words.       One of my favorite remixes last year was “Mumma Don’t Tell” by London’s Leifur James as reworked by DanDigs.com fave FaltyDL. (View the full list of 2019’s… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Biche – “Discipline” (Banquise Records)

  Amour pop.       I’m a big fan of this one.     “Discipline” is the latest song by the Parisian quintet Biche.     Come for the Stereolab-ish DIY playful… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 17 – New Music from John Carroll Kirby, The Breathing Effect, Somni, Cleo Sol, Skalpel, Moses Boyd, Forest Law, Thundercat, Steve Spacek, Four Tet – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 17!         We’re back with another special all-music mix for LOOPS + DOTS episode 17!     Brand new goodness from the likes of John Carroll Kirby,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jamie Isaac ft Nosaj Thing – “Next to Me” (Marathon Artists)

  LDN-LA.       South London’s Jamie Isaac has linked with LA’s Nosaj Thing to create some very excellent ice-cold 3am house feels.     That subtle beat clap, those glacial synths,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: ØZWALD – “Call Off the Doctor” (Allswell Records) (Official Video)

  It’s a different view.       Currently very much into the honeyed folk of the Nashville-via-Los Angeles duo ØZWALD, otherwise known as Jason Wade (he of the band Lifehouse) and Steve… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 16 – Music from Kaytranada, WVR BVBY, Sweatson Klank, Toro Y Moi, Lapalux, Holy Hive, Tokimonsta, Jeff Parker – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 16!       Welcome to 2020.     We’re back with another special all-music mix for LOOPS + DOTS episode 16!     Gems in the leftfield beats, electronic… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Kassa Overall ft Joel Ross & Theo Croker – “Please Don’t Kill Me” (Brownswood Recordings)

  2020, we’re here.       Already starting this year strong with the Brooklyn-via-Seattle experimental jazz visionary Kassa Overall and his vibe-heavy (in every sense of the word) cut “Please Don’t Kill… Continue reading

Dan Digs’ Top 100 Tracks of 2019

  2. 0. 1. 9.             Here are my favorite one hundred tracks from this year.       (Click on the artist or track title to read… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brisa – “CLOUDNINE” (Bastard Jazz)

  ばり好いとう !       Having just got back from a truly inspiring four-day trip to Japan, listening to the digital funk sway and shining sonics of Fukuoka’s Brisa is the best… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 15 – New Music from Tall Black Guy, The Avalanches, KEYAH/BLU, Please Wait (Ta-ku & Matt McWaters), Moses Boyd – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 15!       Hope your December is going well.     We’re back with another special all-music mix for LOOPS + DOTS episode 15!     Brand new leftfield… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Masok – “In a Rush” (Raw Tapes)

  Future soul from Tel Aviv.       Sounding like an extra polished Hiatus Kaiyote collaborating with uptempo electronic maestro Pomo, Masok (meaning “helicopter” in Hebrew) is a four-piece made up of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Brainstory – “Thank You” (Produced by El Michels Affair) (Big Crown Records)

  Gracias and arigato.       Supremely in love with “Thank You,” the final track on Buck, which is the debut album from the Rialto, California trio known as Tony, Kevin, Eric and… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 14 – New Music from Michael Kiwanuka, SAULT, Psychemagik, Zero 7, Oscar Jerome, Greentea Peng, Caribou, Herbert – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 14!       Welcome along to the show!     Hope all is well with you.     We’re back with another special all-music mix for LOOPS + DOTS… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Natalie Slade ft Hiatus Kaiyote’s Simon Mavin – “Humidity” (Live At The Grove) (Eglo Records) (Official Video)

  Laid back, literally.       Completely here for “Humidity,” the dreamlike and aqueous new single from Sydney soul chanteuse and recent Eglo signee Natalie Slade. It’s set to appear on her… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Aoife Nessa Frances – “Blow Up” (Ba Da Bing Records) (Official Video)

  A psychedelic acoustic folk gem.        “Blow Up” is the new single from Dublin, Ireland’s Aoife Nessa Frances. I am completely here for those strings, that guitar strummery, that hand… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Teebs ft Sudan Archives – “Black Dove”

  What. A. Collaboration.       Fresh from breaking a five-year hiatus from music, Mtendere Mandowa aka Teebs recently returned with the Panda Bear-assisted “Studie.”     More singles and an album announcement… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Greentea Peng – “Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)” (Official Video)

  Here comes the sun.       I can’t lie, I need this Mr. Sun track on high and heavy rotation.     Gratitude to London’s Greentea Peng for crafting this trippy,… Continue reading

Listen back to Loops + Dots Episode 13 – New Music from Sir Was, Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal, Teebs & Panda Bear, Romare, Biig Piig, Sunni Colon, Waajeed – Dan In the DJ Mix

  Show number 13!       Glad you’re here!     Hope all is well with you.     We’re back with a special all-music mix for LOOPS + DOTS episode 13!… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Breathe. – “Haze” (Silk Records) (Official Video)

  Breathe with me.        I am currently very much here for “Haze,” “a song about meeting someone who changes everything for you” and the latest track from Sydney’s Sean Walker (formerly… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: North Downs – “Dad’s Old Tapes” (Dama Dama Records)

  The only person North Downs follows on SoundCloud is Bill Brewster, so you already know his music taste game is Master Sommelier-level black belt.   Respect.       Very into this… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ben Esser ft emawk & Beau Diako – “Stripes” (Lekker Collective)

  Collectively tasty music.       Currently very into this latest song from Berlin-based musician and Noah Slee‘s producer Ben Esser, made in collaboration with NY’s emawk and UK guitarist Beau Diako.… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Benny Gebert – “Night Life” (Arts & Crafts Records)

  This cricket chirp-fueled piano hypnosis on repeat.       Recorded in a farmhouse in the woods of upstate New York in the midst of a heatwave with all of the windows… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 12 – Music from Flying Lotus, Shuggie Otis, Jan Hammer, Stereolab, Cheflee – Special Guest & DJ Mix with Unreleased Music: Salami Rose Joe Louis

  Show number 12!       This week we welcomed the wonderful Salami Rose Joe Louis to the show!     I had a chat with Salami Rose over the phone from Columbus,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Yu Su – “Watermelon Woman” (Technicolour Records)

  New sonics for September.       Starting with a slinky beat and kaleidoscopic synth cascades, “Watermelon Woman” by Vancouver-via-Kaifeng, China artist and classically trained musician Yu Su steadily progresses into an airy… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Theo Parrish ft Simon Mavin, Perrin Moss, Paul Bender from Hiatus Kaiyote – “What You Gonna Ask For” (Theo’s Mix) (Sound Signature)

  It’s August 20th, but summer is still in full effect.        Featuring Lori on vocal duties, Rhythm Section’s Silent Jay on saxophone, and Simon Mavin, Paul Bender, and Perrin Moss from… Continue reading

Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 11 – New Music from Joe Armon-Jones & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Godtet, Jamila Woods, Ivy Lab, Kiefer – Special Guest: Sampa the Great – Ras G Tribute

  Show number 11!       The eleventh installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new newness from Joe Armon-Jones & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Godtet, Jamila Woods,… Continue reading

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