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New Pop House Anthem "Never Say Never" from Basement Jaxx

New Pop House Anthem “Never Say Never” from Basement Jaxx

A catchy new jam from Basement Jaxx comes complete with a topical video referencing twerking, of all things. The LA Times had this to say about the video: A ridiculously funky, bawdy and funny sendup of a promotional film for a robotics company, the clip for “Never Say Never” depicts engineers working to resurrect the...
Banks - Warm Water (Beat Ventriloquists Remix)

Banks – Warm Water (Beat Ventriloquists Remix)

Banks is one of new breed of edgy artists (see also Jessy Lanza for example) that Paper Magazine suggests are leading a new movement in R&B. “Warm Water” is probably her only track that could be mistaken for R&B and it’s unique in that it’s definitely one of her more, shall we say, chipper, tracks. A...
Heritage 5 - Deep House Mix From Andy Caldwell

Heritage 5 – Deep House Mix From Andy Caldwell

Heritage 5 is Andy Caldwell’s soundtrack for the World Cup. It’s a deep house mix featuring some bangers such as Sasha’s remix of “Hey Now” by London Grammar. 1. Hold The Line Andy Caldwell feat. Lisa Shaw 2. Melody Like A Drum (Wild Culture Mix) Andy Caldwell vs. Lisa Donnelly 4:14 3. Walking With Elephants...
Anthony Valadez - Just Visiting (soul, downtempo)

Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting (soul, downtempo)

Anthony Valadez should be no stranger to readers of this blog, or any Los Angelenos out there. He’s a DJ, producer and all around tastemaker. Just Visiting is his most recent album and a really beautiful piece of work inspired by his late night / early morning experiences in Los Angeles. Tapping into his vast...
Olympic Edition Part 1 - Nitin Sawhney "Days of Fire"

Olympic Edition Part 1 – Nitin Sawhney “Days of Fire”

If you’re one of those people that would prefer to avoid the Olympics, I’m afraid you best click away from this post. Bit unusual perhaps to find mention of the Olympics here, but so far I’ve got at least two good reasons to bring ‘em up. And this is the first. Here in the US,...
Yuna - Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)

Yuna – Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)

Yuna is a wonderful new singer that I discovered, I think with the help of KCRW. She’s Malaysian-born but now based in Los Angeles and signed to the FADER label. This acoustic cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” perfectly demonstrates her vocal skills. The more I listen to it, the more I kinda like...
Summery Scottish House from Discopolis - Summer Nightmares

Summery Scottish House from Discopolis – Summer Nightmares

So this brilliant gem of wistful,summery house music comes from the Scottish outfit Discopolis.  I discovered this track thanks to it being featured in a scene from the BBC3 TV show “Lip Service”, and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWLHhyUmnY0 BUY AT iTUNES: A couple more tracks for your enjoyment….Let me know how...
Squelchy Hip-Hop From Mr. Bibal and L Rey

Squelchy Hip-Hop From Mr. Bibal and L Rey

This track came into the inbox with zero introduction, but for some reason I clicked on it in any case, and was pleasantly surprised to find a “squelchy” hip-hop soundscape, thick with electronic grooves and a solid thump. The track is taken from an album by the French (apparently) producer L Rey, Paz y Amor...