Tag Archive: Singer

Diggin’ This: Mahalia – “Back Up Plan” (Maths Time Joy Remix)

  Mightily diggin’ this synth-surgin’ remix from London producer Maths Time Joy of Leicester, UK chanteuse Mahalia‘s “Back Up Plan.”       Track of the day.   Mahalia – “Back Up Plan”… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Wallace – “Is It You?” (Produced by Kraak & Smaak)

  One of my favorite Antipodean soul singers returns with “Is It You?”, a weighted, late-night jazz jam with a beat rooted in hip-hop and a rarefied vocal.       Produced by… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Mai Kino – “The Waves”

  “If you know where you are, it could feel like home…”       On “The Waves,” London-via-Portugal singer Mai Kino emotes a vocal as raw, honest, and gently fraught as the textured instrumentation… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Su Na ft Alo Lee – “Blood” (Free Download)

  Having previously released songs via innovative music titans Majestic Casual and Flow Fi, Minneapolis producer Su Na teams up with London singer Alo Lee on “Blood,” three minutes of trickling beats and cascading synths, all etched… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Frances – “Grow” (Oceaan Remix)

  “Grow” by 22-year-old London songstress Frances gets a minimalist, percussive rework from 22-year-old Manchester-via-Brussels producer Oliver Cean aka Oceaan.     Track of the day.   Frances – “Grow” (Oceaan Remix)  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Jesse Boykins III – “The Wonder Years” (Official Video)

  Despite being called “The Wonder Years,” this new future soul synth-simmerer from Chicago-born singer-songwriter-producer Jesse Boykins III contains approximately 0% guest raps from Fred Savage.       Big love for this one. Track of the day.  … Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Ego Ella May – “How Far” (Free EP Download)

  Completely in love with this one from South London’s Ego Ella May!       Props to Wu-Lu and Reiss G for this lazy, dusty, altogether tasty beat.   Looking forward to playing… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Snoh – “Emotional”

  Swedish-Persian singer Snoh teams up with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA for this heartfelt, brass-backed slice of throwback soul.       If you liked Quantic and Alice Russell’s collaboration a couple of years ago,… Continue reading

Diggin’ This: Shura – “Indecision” (Jungle Remix)

  Not content with having some of the catchiest singles of the year, Jungle step up to remix “Indecision” by BBC Sound of 2015 nominee Shura.     Spacey and dubby.   No… Continue reading

BenZel & Stevie Neale – “Wasted Love”

  Electronic soul-pop is at its best when it’s equal parts sugary and bittersweet.       Diggin’ this new one from BenZel, otherwise known as Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco (or… Continue reading

Lil Silva ft BANKS – “Don’t You Love”

  It’s going to get weird.   My favorite track of the day starts off with a strange, beguiling theremin-slide guitar hybrid whine   then   gets layered with cloudy, mournful vocals  … Continue reading

Oyinda – “Rush of You” (Free Download)

  Big things are ahead for Nigeria-via-London singer and producer Oyinda.       Love those piano punctuations, those vocal echoes, and that scattered and bubbling beat.     Oyinda – “Rush of You”    … Continue reading

Becky Hill – “Caution To The Wind” (Official Video)

  Hold tight the clockwork glockenspiel!   Love this brand new R&B-pop song strongly sung by Bewdley, England’s Becky Hill and produced by Two Inch Punch, he of the formerly mysterious BenZel duo (read… Continue reading

Honne – “Warm On A Cold Night”

  “OK, it’s 3.17am…”   Fully diggin’ these James Blake nocturnal organ walls, 80s electric guitar chord jangles, and a yearning vocal delivery fully implying honesty and straightforwardness; the very definition of the… Continue reading

Banoffee – “Got It”

  Melbourne, Australia’s Martha Brown is Banoffee, a singer-songwriter with a taste for sweet retro synths and experimental, honeyed R&B.       Banoffee – “Got It”         With a track this good… Continue reading

Tom Misch – “Memory”

  Tom Misch is clearly running things in the steelpan-indie-chill game.       “Memory” is a mellow work of genius from the 19-year-old South East Londoner.   Currently on my fifth play in a… Continue reading

Andrea Balency – “You’ve Never Been Alone”

  Sounding somewhat like an especially chilled AlunaGeorge, 22-year-old Mexican-French producer and singer Andrea Balency introduces her first single, “You’ve Never Been Alone,” a futurebound, striding cut of metallic R&B and glimmering electronic soul.… Continue reading

Ladi6 – “Hold Tight” (Official Video)

  Christchurch, New Zealand’s Ladi6 gets spacey on this downtempo jazz-soul jam with a delectably drowsy ‘n’ snappy beat.         Ladi6 – “Hold Tight” (Official Video)        … Continue reading

Vicktor Taiwò ft Solomon – “Digital Kids” (Official Video)

  Heartfelt Renaissance ruminations on youthful ruination from 22-year-old Nigeria-via-East London singer Vicktor Taiwò.       Says Taiwò, “Before, children had time to think that the world was beautiful, and I think that should… Continue reading

SBTRKT ft Sampha – “Temporary View”

  One of this decade’s best partnerships in electronic music.       A very, very welcome return for Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT and Sampha, here with a brand new track called “Temporary… Continue reading

TEMPLES INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE ROXY IN WEST HOLLYWOOD – TV SEGMENT PRODUCED FOR NUVOTV’S MUSIC SHOW THE COLLECTIVE (VIDEO)

  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     “We wanted to create a world for people to fall into…”   British psychedelic rockers Temples recently came to Los Angeles to play one of the best… Continue reading

Kidd Feather – “Sirene” (Official Video)

  Switzerland’s Kidd Feather creates kaleidoscopic, refracted, psychedelic electronic pop.       Now living in East London, he says that his homeland was instrumental in influencing his musical style.   “I grew up… Continue reading

Sylvan Esso – “Coffee” (Official Video)

  Singer Amelia Meath & electronic music producer Nick Sanborn hail from Durham, North Carolina.       Together they make experimental, beat-driven, indie-folk as Sylvan Esso.   Their previous single, “Hey Mami,”… Continue reading

WE ARE THE WEST INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THEIR UNDERGROUND PARKING LOT SHOW IN SANTA MONICA – TV SEGMENT PRODUCED FOR NUVOTV’S MUSIC SHOW THE COLLECTIVE (VIDEO)

  CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS SEGMENT ON VEVO.COM NOW.     I recently produced a story on the incredible We Are The West for NUVOtv‘s flagship music program, The Collective.   I’m honored to be able to tell… 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

Benjamin Yellowitz – “Treatise”

  Strongly diggin’ these strong shades of two of my very favorite artists Fink and Bonobo that surface on this brand new soulful acoustic jam from Birmingham, UK’s Benjamin Yellowitz.      … Continue reading

Phantogram – “Fall in Love” (Jaded Incorporated Remix) (Free Download)

  Michigan natives Mayer Hawthorne and 14KT recently joined forces to create Jaded Incorporated.     Here they boost and bump Phantogram‘s “Fall in Love,” giving it some shine and speedy shuffle.    … Continue reading

Chet Faker – “1998” (Official Video)

  I’ve been following the music of Aussie crooner Chet Faker ever since I got switched on to his brilliantly lethargic haze-hop cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” in April 2012.      … Continue reading

Ray LaMontagne – “Lavender”

  Those loose, loose guitar strings, that “Steady as She Goes” angular drum pattern.       Ray LaMontagne – “Lavender”         Ray LaMontagne‘s new album, Supernova, is out now.… Continue reading

Mapei – “Don’t Wait” (Official Video)

  Those vocodered vox, those synthetic finger clicks, that loose twangy gee-tar, and that chorus.     Stockholm’s Mapei may have just written this year’s answer to “Royals.”         Not… Continue reading

Bibio – “Dye The Water Green” (Live) (Official Video)

Warp Records, you are good to us. This live version of “Dye the Water Green” by West Midlands, UK musician Bibio is some much needed Friday afternoon chill.       From Bibio… Continue reading

Royce Wood Junior – “Nuff”

Really cannot get enough of this latest wave of late-night electronic soul transmissions that seem to be dominating my headphones at the minute. Ed Thomas, Erik Hassle, Perera Elsewhere… all of these mightily… Continue reading

Perera Elsewhere – “Drunk Man” (Official Video)

My favorite song of today. British Berliner Perera Elsewhere turns the volume down to two and delivers a hushed, intimate, ghostly transmission of understated indie-soul.       Perera Elsewhere – “Drunk Man”… Continue reading

Erik Hassle – “Pathetic” (Produced by SOHN)

Disgruntled bass murmurs, upfront finger clicks, bell echoes, sandy shakers, and yearning Prince-alike vocals from Stockholm, Sweden’s Erik Hassle. “Pathetic”—this track is anything but—features production from England not Austria’s SOHN, fresh from teaming… 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

Kwabs – “Wrong or Right” (Official Video)

While I’ve written about the versatile vocal talent of Kwabs before, and while his name may remind you of Tweety Bird announcing his favorite seafood in plural form, London’s Kwabena Adjepong’s latest release deserves… 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

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

James Vincent McMorrow – “Red Dust”

“Red Dust” isn’t a new song; it’s been a favorite of fans of the Irish troubadour James Vincent McMorrow for at least a couple of years now. This brand new remake improves on the… Continue reading

Slakah the Beatchild – “I Surrender” (Official Video)

That chunky bass guitar, that soaring soulful vocal, that acoustic guitar strim-strum, that pleasing woodblockish beat from Toronto’s Slakah the Beatchild. “I Surrender” sounds like it could be an unplugged Raphael Saadiq jam.   Slakah the… Continue reading

Sufjan Stevens – “Sister Winter” (Broke for Free Remix) (Free Download)

Oakland, CA’s Tom Cascino is Broke for Free. His remix of Sufjan Stevens’ “Sister Winter” is underpinned by a string of simple yet delightful tumbling drum rolls and throbbing piano pulses, making the… Continue reading

Lonnie Holley – “Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants” (Official Video)

“Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants” is quite possibly my new favorite song title. Lonnie Holley, born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, is the seventh of twenty-seven children. Childhood was chaotic:… 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

Luke Sital-Singh – “Bottled Up Tight” (Official Video)

A departure from my usual penchant for boom-bap beats and growling bass but a crackingly well-written tune nonetheless.   Luke Sital-Singh – “Bottled Up Tight”   Luke Sital-Singh’s Old Flint EP is out… Continue reading

Cornershop ft TRWBADOR – “Every Year So Different” (Official Video)

Too early?   Cornershop ft TRWBADOR – “Every Year So Different” (Official Video)   From director Chris Curtis: “The song inspired me to go down a rabbit hole of bygone, bucolic happenings and… Continue reading

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – “Midnight City” (M83 Cover) (Acoustic Version)

His name may make you think of a mustachioed, top-hatted Victorian industrialist aristocrat rather than a 23-year-old singer-songwriter-guitar strummer from York, England.   Benjamin Francis Leftwich – “Midnight City” (M83 Cover) (Acoustic Version)… 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

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

How to Dress Well – “Cold Nites” (Live at Way Out West 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden)

Soaring, ethereal R&B and experimental beats from Brooklyn’s Tom Krell aka How to Dress Well. Here he performs his song “Cold Nites” in a candlelit church in Gothenburg, Sweden as part of the… Continue reading

Chet Faker – “No Diggity” (Blackstreet Cover) (MP3)

One of the best covers I’ve heard in a very long time.     This late-night, haze-hop, crooner rework was my main inspiration in putting together the “Cover Me Radd” covers mix on… Continue reading