KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez’ debut full-length album is finally out this week. Audio/Visual, released on Recordbreakin’ Music is a multi-dimensional collection of atmospheric soundscapes and progressive soul jams. Inspired in large part by Valadez’ post-club journeys through the streets of Los Angeles, Audio/Visual demonstrates his eye for images, his ear for sound and his ability to mesh the two together. Gems of LA’s progressive music scene pop up all over the album including vocalist Wendisue and musicians Dexter Story (Life Force Trio, Build an Ark), Shaunte Palmer (Raphael Saadiq, Talib Kweli) and Evan Lasrey. Kissey Asplund is also a featured vocalist. What I appreciate most about this album is the way A.V. integrates both electronic and organic sounds that gives the album a depth that elicits repeated listens. Definitely worth your ten dollars to download.
Get a taste of the album – Download DJ Destroyer’s sampler mix of the album
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