Tag Archive: New York

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

Diggin’ This: Sam Evian – “Health Machine” (Saddle Creek)

  There’s no two ways about it, I am greatly enjoying the turquoise buzzsaw psychedelia of Sam Evian‘s latest, “Health Machine.”       It’s all about those menthol vocals, those unknown, mortal,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Photay – “Screens” (Astro Nautico Records)

  Alien grunts, chairs squeaking across the spaceship floor, kaleidoscopic handclaps, cascading synths, piano chord blips, and more alien grunts all feature on my new favorite Photay song, “Screens.”       Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Sporting Life ft Evy Jane – “Court Vision” (Letter Racer/R&S Records) (Official Video)

  On “Court Vision,” NYC’s Sporting Life (who also makes music with Ratking) takes Vancouver singer Evy Jane’s atmospheric R&B vocal melodies and levitates them above sparse and utilitarian drums, reliably punctuated with what sounds like… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Bushwick Rooftops”

  Wrote this on the plane back to LA after spending last week in Brooklyn.         Dan Digs – “Bushwick Rooftops”           Listen to more of… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Luca ft Tei Shi – “Best On”

  Been humming this hook in my head ever since I first heard “Best On” a few weeks ago.       Love the heartfelt simplicity of this brand new track from New York’s Luca… Continue reading

Music by Dan Digs: “Bleepa”

  Cooked this new beat up last week and premiered on the Dan Digs Show last Sunday!   Check out the Instagram promo video below.   View this post on Instagram 🍭🌴 turn ⬆️ the… Continue reading

The Dan Digs Show 030: New M.I.A., Bilal, Wild Belle, Van Hunt, Roska – Special Guest: Trace

  Show number 30!   As always, the latest in my favorite new leftfield beats and electronic soul, plus interviews with my favorite artists, DJs, and musicians, for your listening pleasure every Sunday… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Tei Shi – “Go Slow” (Blue Hawaii Remix)

  Love the use of the slow drum ‘n’ bass loop on this remix of Brooklyn-via-Buenos Aires singer Tei Shi‘s “Go Slow” by Montreal’s Blue Hawaii.       Tei Shi – “Go Slow” (Blue… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: IGBO – “Entrance Theme” (Official Video) (Free Download)

  Benamin and Sly5thAve are indigo, green, brown, orange, or IGBO.         The duo’s brand new track, “Entrance Theme,” is a veritable, playful, psychedelic voyage of future funk.   Track… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jordan Bratton ft Chance the Rapper – “Prisoner”

  Love this new one from Weehawken, New Jersey’s Jordan Bratton featuring Chance the Rapper.     That Strawberry Fields organ right at the beginning.   Jordan Bratton ft Chance the Rapper – “Prisoner”    … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ishmael Raps – “Creole”

  “And what this planet needs at this point is for something impossible to happen to show a better way…”       19-year-old Rochester, NY artist Ishmael Raps brings the jazz, the… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: The Juan MacLean – “A Simple Design”

  Diggin’ this brand new tune from DFA disco stalwarts The Juan MacLean.       It’s all about that tambourine, those breezy, easy peasy vocals from Nancy Whang, and that rolling space bass.… Continue reading

SBTRKT ft Ezra Koenig – “New Dorp, New York” (Official Video)

  Love, love, love this brand new electronic shuffler from the UK’s Aaron Jerome bka SBTRKT and Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig, hot off the press from Annie Mac‘s radio show on BBC Radio 1.… Continue reading

Stephon Alexander & Rioux – “Dance of the Illusion” (Official Video)

  New favorite genre alert: astrophysical psychedeli-tropical new wave indie-dance!   New York producer Erin Rioux recently teamed up with Dartmouth theoretical physicist and Trinidad-born cosmology professor (who also happens to play a mean… Continue reading

Sorceress – “Teacups” (Free Download)

  Love this rollin’ ‘n’ clappin,’ Fat Freddy-Droppin’ house beat and these honeyed soul vocals on “Teacups,” the brand new track from New Zealand five-piece Sorceress.       Formerly known as Funkommunity,… Continue reading

Mizan – “Thru” (Official Video)

  “We have no time to pretend, we have no time…”   New York’s Mizan does this electronic soul business right with an assortment of glowing organ chords and a strict, bouncing kick drum.… Continue reading

Taylor McFerrin ft Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote – “The Antidote”

  Bobby’s son Taylor McFerrin is a very talented multi-instrumentalist and singer from Brooklyn, New York.   Here he teams up with Hiatus Kaiyote head honcho Nai Palm for the shaker-driven and stirring future… Continue reading

Gil Scott-Heron – “Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)” (Previously Unheard Recording)

  So raw.   The splintered, graveled voice of the legendary Gil Scott-Heron resurfaces as part of a new compilation of the late New York musician’s previously unheard recordings entitled Nothing New.  … Continue reading

Fatima – “La Neta” (Produced by Flako) (Official Video)

  Sweden-via-London singer Fatima recently partnered with “soul documentarian” Flako to produce this tempo-shifting, uplifting, singalong synth beat jam.     Fatima – “La Neta” (Produced by Flako) (Official Video)        … Continue reading

Red Bull Music Academy Documentary – What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music (Official Trailer)

So inspired to create by watching this. I can’t think of an entity that aligns more with my musical taste than the Red Bull Music Academy. The RBMA is an invitation-only series of music… Continue reading

Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla – “Two Lips”

Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ throws MC skill and Mos Def-ish sing-song rhymes over an unreleased J Dilla beat. “Two Lips” is available only via limited edition vinyl by Akomplice Clothing in order to raise… Continue reading

FaltyDL aka Donna Chambray Loren – 20K Solid Gold EP

FaltyDL‘s drums are always programmed with precision. New York producer Drew Lustman bka FaltyDL takes on the high society, high falutin’ moniker of Donna Chambray Loren for this free 5-track EP giveaway entitled… 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

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

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

Phony Ppl – “Statues” (Official Video) (Free Download)

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

FaltyDL ft Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires – “She Sleeps” (Official Video)

Hypnotic kick-drum stomps and Instagrammed roller-disco vibes courtesy of New York producer FaltyDL and Ed Macfarlane of St Albans, UK indie-dance trio Friendly Fires.   FaltyDL ft Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires –… Continue reading

Homeboy Sandman – “Illuminati” (Official Video)

Some real rhyme origami here from Homeboy Sandman.   Homeboy Sandman – “Illuminati” (Official Video)   Homeboy‘s poetry is illuminating.    

Tomas Barfod ft Nina Kinert – “November Skies” (Sepalcure Remix)

Tomas Barfod (who for some reason I always want to call “Thomas Bar Food”) is the drummer for Danish electro-poppers WhoMadeWho. Featuring Swedish vocalist Nina Kinert, the original version of “November Skies” is… Continue reading

Joey Bada$$ ft Chuck Strangers – “Fromdatomb$” (Official Video)

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

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

Homeboy Sandman – “Not Really” (Official Video)

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

Caught in the Middle of a 3-Way Mix: Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel Radio Show – August 31, 2012 – Part 1 & 2 – DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot, and DJ Food Mix the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique Album Using the Original Sample Sources (Free Download)

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

Homeboy Sandman – “FOUNDation” (Video)

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.    

MS MR – “Hurricane” (Official Video)

This anonymous duo from New York call their music “Tumblr glitch pop.” This description is spot-on.   SO MANY IMAGES SO FAST.    

Family Band – “Night Song” (Official Video)

Brooklyn ambient rock group Family Band describe their music as “heavy mellow.” While Johnny Ollsin, Kim Krans, and Scott Hirsch’s particular brand of dark and solemn, starless sky indie is indeed heavy, mellow, and… Continue reading

“Big Fun in the Big Town” DVD (Official Trailer)

A marvelous title for a marvelous hip-hop documentary that was produced in 1986 and shot entirely in New York City by the marvelous Dutch filmmaker, journalist, rap fanatic, and owner of possibly the… Continue reading

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – ‘I’ll Take Care Of U’ (Official Video)

Meet Nisa Rodriguez, a 19-year-old boxer and single mother from the Bronx, New York. This video follows her as she works for a spot on the U.S. 2012 Olympic Boxing Team. So much… Continue reading

Pharoah Sanders – ‘Greeting to Saud’

Cloudwalking desert jazz that sounds like someone tinkling on a piano half buried in a sand dune inside a lantern-filled Abu Dhabi souk. Love it. Here’s an interview with the tenor sax-toting legend… Continue reading