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A weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks recorded at KCRW, remixes, and an introduction to new artists on our radar.

A weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks recorded at KCRW, remixes, and an introduction to new artists on our radar.

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

A weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks recorded at KCRW, remixes, and an introduction to new artists on our radar.

Twitter:

@kcrw

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Wallice: ‘23’

5/12/2021
Aging isn’t easy, whether you are 20 or 70. If you’re feeling that too, LA-based Wallice tackles the issue with a lo-fi anthem lamenting some of her choices and looking at the possibilities that “23” could bring.

Duration:00:02:46

Dawn Richard: ‘Bussifame’

5/11/2021
New Orleans artist Dawn Richard is a dancer, producer, animator, and vegan food truck owner-- to be more succinct, she’s a badass. Dance like it’s Mardi Gras with “Bussifame.”

Duration:00:03:28

Black Country New Road: ‘Track X’

5/10/2021
Black Country New Road, the beaming breakthrough septet out of South London, propelled into the spotlight back in 2019 with a couple of stunning tracks, before releasing their debut album “For the First Time” this year. Their mind-boggling mix of styles—from post-punk to jazz to experimental—makes perfect sense when you hear “Track X.”

Duration:00:04:46

Los Retros: ‘It's Got To Be You’

5/7/2021
It’s fitting that Mauri Tapia gave himself the moniker Los Retros. At 16, Tapia launched his recording career with an old four-track, playing all of the instruments himself in his family’s living room. Stop what you’re doing and settle into “It's Got To Be You.”

Duration:00:03:57

mehro: ‘not alone’

5/6/2021
mehro is poised as one of LA’s breakout newcomers. In fact, this Angelino released his first song in 2020 and has already been championed by many including NPR. We’ll keep an eye on this songwriter as we foresee this is just the beginning of his ascent, as you can hear on “not alone.”

Duration:00:02:50

Zoé: ‘Popular’

5/5/2021
We are buzzing with excitement knowing that Mexican rockeros Zoé are set to play The Greek in October in support of a brand spanking new album “Sonidos de Kármatica Resonancia.” Resonating with maturity and an addictive hook, we explore “Popular.” Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Duration:00:04:32

Dry Cleaning: ‘Strong Feelings’

5/4/2021
A loosely-woven spoken word oratorio deftly delivered by frontwoman Florence Cleopatra Shaw is the compelling narrative that propels Dry Cleaning’s “Strong Feelings.” A track to play on repeat, it’s no wonder so many KCRW DJs are weaving these London art-rockers into their mixes.

Duration:00:04:06

Joshua Henry: ‘Guarantee’

5/3/2021
You know Joshua Henry for his starring role as Aaron Burr in the first-touring company of “Hamilton.” This Tony- and Grammy-nominated actor and singer pours his heart out on “Guarantee” the title track to his booming debut EP.

Duration:00:02:52

Bobi Céspedes: ‘Mujer y Cantante’

4/30/2021
Majestic Cuban singer and bandleader Bobi Céspedes celebrates a 40-year career and lets her voice soar on “Mujer y Cantante” (“woman and singer”), plainly telling her tale via deep Afro-Cuban rhythm and flare.

Duration:00:03:15

Charm of Finches: ‘Treading Water’

4/29/2021
Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches are perched for stardom. For lovers of tight sibling harmonies, chamber folk, and those who long to be carried-away by a lullaby, there is “Treading Water.”

Duration:00:04:13

Dylan Cartlidge: ‘Anything Could Happen’

4/28/2021
Dylan Cartlidge is a big believer in delivering hopeful narratives through his music. An unstoppable soul, we lift up with “Anything Could Happen” and its robust gospel feel.

Duration:00:03:28

Flock of Dimes: ‘Awake for the Sunrise’

4/27/2021
Flock of Dimes’ solo album “Head of Roses” was co-produced by Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn. Its stunning songs feature members of Bon Iver, Wye Oak, and Landlady, with frontwoman Jenn Wasner’s plaintive voice at the fore. “Awake for the Sunrise” strips back the layers to expose this singer’s sweet introspection.

Duration:00:04:00

Rostam: ‘4Runner’

4/26/2021
Feeling like you need to break out and take a road trip? Grab your love, pack your bags, and plug in Rostam’s “4Runner.” With a 12 string guitar and bright percussion bringing the sunshine, this track explodes with happy euphoria.

Duration:00:03:51

Noga Erez: ‘Story’ (featuring ROUSSO)

4/23/2021
Outspoken Israeli artist Noga Erez served in the Israeli Defense Forces, but had the good fortune to do so as a musician playing classics and pop music at military bases. Her own songs read more like testimony inspired by the world around her, and sometimes they’re just fun, as on “Story” (featuring ROUSSO.)

Duration:00:03:12

Benny Sings: ‘Here It Comes’

4/22/2021
Dutch songwriter Benny Sings gravitates toward the easy, breezy sound of yacht rock. Get ready for smooth sailing as we glide into “Here It Comes.”

Duration:00:03:19

CHAI: ‘Donuts Mind If I Do’

4/21/2021
The women that make up Japanese quartet CHAI based their previous recordings on their exuberant live shows. But when the pandemic hit and they were no longer touring, CHAI had to rethink their process. In doing so, their new music eases into a subtler sound while retaining humor in “Donuts Mind If I Do.”

Duration:00:03:50

Hiatus Kaiyote: ‘Get Sun’ (featuring Arthur Verocai)

4/20/2021
The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper AND Drake have all sampled work by Hiatus Kaiyote, a not-as-well-known outfit from Melbourne. After being introduced to the work of Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai by bandmate and drummer Perrin Moss, who cites Verocai as “changing his world,” the band was able to collaborate with the legendary producer on “Get Sun.”

Duration:00:03:32

Gilligan Moss: ‘GM from GM:)’

4/19/2021
The buds behind Gilligan Moss have known each other since the age of three, which may explain why they play (music) so well together. Gilligan Moss says their process of making the newly-minted record reminded them of summer camp. Yes it does, and you’ll sure hear the sunshine and awe in “GM from GM:).”

Duration:00:03:56

Gary Bartz: ‘Day By Day’

4/16/2021
Luminary reed man Gary Bartz has been a pioneering figure in progressive Black music, paving the way for a wide variety of artists over the last six decades. For the sixth output on the Jazz Is Dead label, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge join Gary Bartz on “Day By Day.”

Duration:00:04:57

Iris Doe: ‘A Miss of You’

4/15/2021
The Church’s Jeffrey Cain, a.k.a. Iris Doe, was on tour when he heard the news that Fred Cole of the punk band Dead Moon had passed. A huge fan, Cain sat with sorrow and came up with a tribute called “A Miss of You.”

Duration:00:02:50