Tag Archive: New Favorite Tunes

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

Backstage with Dan Digs – Episode 2: Slowthai

  Nothing short of glorious.       For the second episode of Backstage with Dan Digs, the rogue offshoot of my regular Dublab radio show where we go behind the scenes at… 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: Mildlife – “How Long Does It Take?” (Heavenly Recordings)

  Flutes, echoes, it’s all happening!       Melbourne, Australia four-piece Midlife are here to make you boogie.     For their latest release, James Donald, Adam Halliwell, Kevin McDowell, and Tomas… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Seba Kaapstad – “Africa” (Mello Music Group) (Official Video)

  Hooked from the moment I heard those piano keys.       “Africa” from Johannesburg, South Africa quartet Seba Kaapstad is nouveau neo-soul with a heavenly jazz twist. Shades of Robert Glasper,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sault – “Don’t Waste My Time” (Forever Living Originals)

  No time-wasters please.       Instantly infectious and incessantly grooving, listening to “Don’t Waste My Time” is time well spent.   The song is the second single from Sault, a trio… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Wool and the Pants – “Bottom of Tokyo” (People’s Potential Unlimited)

  That ever-so-casual Shibuya strut.       “Bottom of Tokyo” is an unbothered groover from Japanese trio and my personal new favorite band name Wool and the Pants. Consisting of Yu Tokumo on… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Salami Rose Joe Louis – “Nostalgic Montage” (Brainfeeder Records)

  Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.       Fresh from announcing tour support for DanDigs.com faves Toro Y Moi and the Cinematic Orchestra, today Bay Area artist Salami Rose Joe… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Dexter Story ft Sudan Archives – “Gold” (Soundway Records)

  Golden hours.       LA’s Dexter Story teams up with Stones Throw maestra Sudan Archives (more of her excellent music here) in this veritably happy collision of inordinate amounts of musical… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Gong Gong Gong – “Down Quantity Road 數量的王國” (Wharf Cat Records) (Official Video)

  工工工       Tom Ng and Joshua Frank are the Beijing duo 工工工 (pronounced Gong Gong Gong). The pair play simple, straightforward music that utterly captivates, despite only being armed with… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Bananagun – “Do Yeah” (Anti Fade Records) (Official Video)

  Do you, always.       Way, way, waay into this debut single from Melbourne’s Bananagun. “Do Yeah” has the band, which counts among its line-up members of Frowning Clouds and Parnsip,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Golden Daze – “Amber” (Autumn Tone Records)

  Dazed and golden.       Los Angeles-via-Portland-via the Midwest duo Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb are Golden Daze. “Amber,” my favorite song from their new album, Simpatico, is a dreamy, lighter-than-air folk concoction… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: August Landelius – “All You Can Eat” (NAIV Recordings)

  That Scandinavian electronic soul.       After a three year hiatus, Swedish producer August Landelius emerges from his home studio with the 3am future R&B cut “All You Can Eat,” an… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Clever Austin ft Jon Bap – “Blue Tongue” (Wondercore Island/Touching Bass)

  Otherworldly organic soul.       Clever Austin is the alter-ego of Melbourne musician and Hiatus Kaiyote drummer Perrin Moss. On “Blue Tongue,” he’s teamed up with the Texas producer Jon Bap… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Haelos – “Kyoto” (Infectious Records) (Official Video)

  Kyoto protocol.       I’m beyond hyped for Haelos‘ forthcoming new album, the most recently released track from which is “Kyoto,” a dark yet uptempo slice of raw electronic soul complete… 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

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

Diggin’ This: Ezra Collective ft Jorja Smith – “Reason in Disguise”

  Exquisite jazz happens when Ezra meets Jorja.       From the very first bars of Femi Koleoso’s rimshot break to Jorja Smith‘s intro hums to Joe Armon-Jones’ keyboard tapestries to TJ… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tim Parker – “Slanted” (20/20 LDN)

  Cosmic.       With an astral boom-bap beat woven through a pulsing vocal sample beamed from the other side of the galaxy, “Slanted,” a new track from influential NTS Radio host… 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