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Somewhere In The Reverb


Juggling many things at once, I start to feel disoriented and dizzy, anxious, wanting to be bigger and more capable than I am. I’d love to have a supercomputer in my head, with 10 times the problem solving capabilities, and immediate loss-less access to a long history of details. But I forget, and fuck up, and live in a suspended foggy dream state more of the time than I’d like to admit. But what saves me, keeps me sane, brings daily smiles to my face and cracks me up laughing even in my sleep, are the sacred moments of gratitude.

Hard to know whether they come from outside or in, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to surround yourself with sounds you love, colors that tickle you, and tastes that make your mouth water. That bon bon vie, which to you may be as simple a good sandwich. Each of the songs I’m sharing with you today has passed that test for me- scratched an itch and brought me back into the present moment. Made me grateful. I hope it helps you find a bit of grounding too, even with your head in the clouds. Shout out to DJ Shrimp Scampi for a few of today’s selections. Also, visual art today comes courtesy of The Clayton Bros who’s show is up now in Culver City and I want very badly to check it out.

Chet Faker :       1998

Thief :       Cold

Little Dragon :       Killing Me &       Paris

Glass Animals :       Pools

Paolo Nutini :       Let Me Down Easy

SZA :       Sweet November &       Julia

BEA :       Safe Ground

Poli├ža :       I See My Mother

Jesse Ware :       Tough Love

Nick Hakim :       Cold

  • Dangerscouse

    Got most of these already, but the few that I didn’t have, I’m impressed with….especially Thief. Heard an artist called ‘Baby Prince’ today, soulful house / R&B. Little bit like Milosh but not quite as ‘gentle’. Have a listen to ‘Demon Spawn’ and ‘I Wanna Squeeze You’, I reckon they will be right up your street.

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Let’s Have Relations

Ralph Ziman

Brand new goodness coming from all angles right now. Get cozy and comfortable and let this fresh batch of tunes make sweet love to your aural canals. A little bit of head nod, touch of ass shake, and some deeper future soul sounds to keep your musical diet well rounded. Today’s visual inspiration comes courtesy of Ralph Ziman, who’s show “Ghosts” is up at the C.A.V.E. gallery in Venice right now (shouts to Nati Conrazon for the recommendation).

Gardens & Villa :       Bullet Train
so glad to hear a new album from this Santa Barbara group. Once again, my favorite cut from the album is a laid back, flute-laden groove with super catchy riffs and infectious falsetto hook.

St. Vincent :       Digital Witness
sharp edged, punchy horn pop with socially awkward lyrics is what this badass David Byrne protege does best.

Kenna :       Relations (ft. Childish Gambino)
haven’t heard a peep from Kenna in years, but he’s back swinging with this mid-tempo sleezy party starter that also sounds very Talking Heads influenced.

Estelle :       Maker Her Say (Beat It Up)
triumphant return of the reigning UK pop soulstress, going really crude and sexy on this one.

Jets ft. Jamie Lidell :       Midas Touch (Machinedrum Version)
it’s hard to be mad at this 80’s influenced, synthy house Midnight Star cover featuring one of my favorite whiteboy soul singers.

Justin Jay :       Le Voyou
this young LA based house producer is on a roll lately. Funky shit for the dancefloor right here.

Little Dragon :       Klapp Klapp
YES. Definitively. Can’t wait to hear the rest.

Jel :       Look Up
hard edged downtempo for late night driving or being a creep on the bus.

Phantogram :       Black Out Days
dark moody downtempo (ala Portishead) returns with a vengeance

Flume & Chet Faker :       Drop The Game &       What About Us
great collabo between some very promising talent on this EP

  • Dangerscouse


    If you haven’t already, get on this. It’s a free 7 track EP on Soundcloud and she sounds like a combination of Laura Mvula and Anthony & The Johnsons. ‘Haters’ is my fav track but they’re all good.

  • shotbro

    As always, FANTASTIC set of tunes!

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