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The Herald Angel Sings

posted by April 8th, 2014


If you’re expecting to hear some MJ today, you can stop here and move on. However, if it’s the sound of tiny sonic victories triumphantly conquering the evils of bad music, then please proceed. We may not all be able to reach the heights of the herald angel with the sequined glove, but that shouldn’t stop us from tapping into our inner moonwalker on a daily basis. Today’s selections, including the glorious visual by David Lachapelle, were curated by my boo, the irreverent DJ Shrimp Scampi. Press play and help put the devil back down in his hole.

Sylvan Esso : Coffee

: Say You’ll Be There

Jungle : Busy Earnin’

Lianne La Havas : Forget

Mat.Joe : Heart To Find

ODESZA : Sun Models ft. Madelyn Grant

Atlas Genius : Back Seat

Max Frost : White Lies

The Submarines : 1940 (Amp Live Remix)

BEA : Breadwinner

Brand Spanking New

posted by March 27th, 2014


This past weekend marked another full loop around the sun for me, and with a little help from my friends and fam and good music, I’m thankfully feeling brand spankin new! Got a full 3 days of celebrating in, including a nice overnight getaway to Joshua Tree for some wavy times around the campfire. Today’s batch of tunes should provide you with a nice balance of feel-good, head-nod, trip-out, and the obligatory touch of grime.

Pharrell : Happy (NEUS Remix) & Brand New ft. Justin Timberlake
this French electro house producer absolutely slayed skateboard P’s blissed out smash with some punchy funk, and how come more people aren’t playing this other song from GIRL?!? There’s also a nice reggae-ish cut with Alicia Keys on there that I’m not mad at.

Jaytee : Thank You Remix ( Busta Rhymes x Q-tip x Alicia Myers )
this funky Aussie might snap your neck with his flip of this recent meeting of the minds (minus the Kanye). Always loved the Alicia Myers original…

Bondax : Giving It All
poppy house vibes with a fish-hook chorus that won’t let go after one little nibble.

Cut Copy : We Are Explorers
new new wave meistros do what they do best on this one.

Sharam Jey & Sirus Hood : Picture Picture
cowbell heavy club stuff that makes the people bounce.

Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E : Need U (100%)
deeper harder stronger late night house from Mr. Dumont

JD Samson & MEN : Club Thang
another subversive banger from some perennial badasses

Shit Robot : We Got A Love ft. Reggie Watts
get over the band name and lose yourself in the late night glory of this collabo with the talented Mr. Watts

Satin Jackets : You Make Me Feel Good
shout out to regular reader Dangerscouse for the heads up on this one. Pure sunrise gold!

SBTRKT : Resolute
while I have been underwhelmed by most of what I’ve heard by this guy since the self-titled album (with expectations that were undoubtedly set very high), there’s some beats on this new ep that are definitely making me want to hear more of the good good.


Listen Well

posted by March 14th, 2014


I’m doing my best not to be jealous of my many homies currently enjoying the insane amount of music and partying at SXSW right now, but even the best playlist can’t compete with open bars, adrenaline fueled unsigned bands & stage diving. There’s always next year… In the meantime, enjoy this hearty helping of newness- a little more on the electronic/indie tip today, but still some things for the soulful crowd. Also, if you’re into drooling over vintage hi-fi equipment like I am, you will probably enjoy this site that I jacked today’s lovely turntable pic from (shouts to Ixley for the link).

Jerome LOL : Always ft. Sara Z
nice to hear a different side of this half of moombah & deep house loving LOL Boys (who I guess disbanded). More from Jerome here.

Phil Beaudreau : Won’t Get Away
don’t know much about this LA local, but I’m liking this song a lot.

Mr. Little Jeans : Good Mistake (YACHT Remix)
acid infused electronic sounds with some heavy grit in the mix courtesy of this team

Brother In Arms : All This Love
my boys in the Bay (DJ Theory & J Boogie) have formed this supergroup and are busy making a very tasteful blend of disco, house and classics.

Flight Facilities : Stand Still (Mario Basanov Remix)
this ever-reliable Australian disco duo get a nice trippy late night remix from the funky Lithuanian

Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne : Rather Be (The Magician Remix)
bouncy and bright with a little wobble bass to keep it grounded. Another housey hit from the man with the magic touch

RÜFÜS : Desert Night
more vibey house business here from these Aussies.

Holy Ghost! : Dance A Little Closer
funky dance rock from this NYC crew who love to moog

The Preatures : Is This How You Feel (Classixx Remix)
hello 80′s yacht rock! Nothing in here to make me mad.

Sohn : Artifice
apparently this guy is very popular in the UK, but this moody (vaguely Radiohead-ish) song is the first I’m hearing from him

Milosh : Hear In You
the voice behind Rhye (one of my favorite albums from last year), getting more minimal and electronic on his solo dolo

Recloose ft. Joe Dukie : Deeper Waters
why not finish off with an oldie but goodie from this Detroit ex-pat who stays true to his name.

Endless Carnival Mix

posted by March 8th, 2014


A little while back, a group of Bay Area sunglasses enthusiasts reached out to me about making a mixtape for their collective. They call themselves Stunner Of The Month, and basically they provide crazy shades to thousands of subscribers on a monthly basis, always accompanied by a fresh mixtape. If that sounds appealing to you, check em out. Because it was the week of Carnival, and Mardi Gras,  and a million other historically related parties around the world, I decided to make a mix to help keep everyone shaking long after Fat Tuesday. The tracklist is heavy on tropical vibes from equatorial locations where stunner shades are a must. There’s plenty of reggae and dancehall selections, but also a taste of Brazil, Trinidad, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Colombia, Angola and a few other places where people like spicy food. The mix peppers in a few Captain Planet remixes and finishes off with a brand new unreleased original tune that will be on my upcoming album “Esperanto Slang” which drops later this Spring on Bastard Jazz.

1- Samba de Coco Raízes de Arcoverde – Ê Boi (Maga Bo Remix)
2- DJ Snake – Bird Machine ft. Alesia
3- Rude Boy ft. Elvis – Passa Passa (Schlachthofbronx Edit)
4- Green Lantern & Craze – Rocket Launcher
5- P-Money & Gappy Ranks – Baddest
6- Secret Weapon
7- QQ – One Drop
8- Stylo G – Call Me A Marley (DJ Theory Remix)
9- Dub Gabriel – My Gun (Shotnez Remix)
10- Raka Dun – No Tan Listo
11- Uproot Andy – Worldwide Dembow ft. Pablo Piddy
12- DJ Gregory & Africanism – Tourment D’Amour (Sabo Edit)
13- R2bees ft. Sakodie & Nana Boroo – Agyeiii (Captain Planet Remix)
14- The Rub ft. Natalie Storm – Dutty Gyal (Smalltown DJs Remix)
15- DJ Nu-Mark – Oya’ Indebure (Captain Planet Remix)
16- Fuego – Una Vaina Loca
17- Popcaan – The System
18- Perfect – Reggae Music
19- Captain Planet – Dje-Dje
20- Batata – Macaco (So Shifty Remix)
21- Daniel Klauser – Rootz
22- Buraka Som Sistema – Candonga
23- Machel Montano – Doh Mind
24- Marcus Visionary – Surinam
25- Elvis Crespo – Suavemente (Kennedy Jones Trap Remix)
26- Thornato ft. Jahdan – Ka Kong (Captain Planet Remix)
27- Shabba Ranks & Michael Rose vs. Dreadsquad – Shine Eye Gyal (Da Vibz Remaker Mash-Up)
28- Captain Planet ft. Brit Laurén – In The Gray (Dropping later this spring…)

Let’s Have Relations

posted by February 26th, 2014

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

Luchando y Cantando

posted by February 18th, 2014


“Luchando y Cantando” = Captain Planet x Raggabund x Clan Urbano x Sarmiento

In preparation for my upcoming album “Esperanto Slang” which drops later this Spring, I’m giving away some freebies starting with this big intercontinental collaboration. South American brothers Raggabund (Paco Mendoza & Don Caramelo) + Peruvian hip hop crew Clan Urbano + Spanish rude bwoy Sarmiento, all gettin’ nice over a classic boom bap beat by yours truly- featuring horns from Brooklyn afrobeat band Zongo Junction. Global music, worldwide vibes…

Grab the FREE DOWNLOAD while it’s hot & check out the VIDEO HERE

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