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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.


Santa Monica, CA




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.






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


Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang: ‘Linstead Market’

Pillars of Jamaican music Sly & Robbie are the Riddim Twins, propelling beats for over 40 years. Their work is catchy, thick, and always tasty, as we hear on the instrumental “Linstead Market.”


Rodrigo Amarante: ‘Maré’

The word “drama” reads the same in English or Portuguese, which is fitting for Brazilian artist Rodrigo Amarante, who gifted his latest album with the title. The “drama” he’s referring to is the story we tell and embellish from our own experiences. “Maré” is based on a Spanish proverb: The tide will fetch what the ebb brings.


Curtis Harding: ‘Hopeful’ (Clean Edit)

Soul stylist Curtis Harding wrote “Hopeful” as a timeless track that reminds us to keep hope alive and riding into the future.


Rozzi: ‘I Can't Go to the Party’

LA-based neo-soul artist Rozzi has collaborated with a span of artists, from Maroon 5 to Kendrick Lamar, and hosts the popular music podcast “Ugh! You’re So Good.” Gifted with a big, throaty sound, let’s take a listen to “I Can’t Go to the Party.”


Antrom Alexander: 'Touch and Go' (feat. Brian Belier)

Get ready to pump your fists with this shiny new track by San Francisco’s Antrom Alexander. Lean in if you’re a fan of ‘70s-inspired disco.


U-Roy: ‘Man Next Door’ (feat. Santigold)

A final full-length recording by the late iconic originator of chatty rhythmic toasting style U-Roy will see daylight in mid-July, featuring guest appearances by top notch talent like Ziggy Marley, Mick Jones of The Clash, David Hinds of Steel Pulse, and others, and promises to be a celebration. Santigold was honored and awed when asked to sing on her favorite track, “Man Next Door.”


Sofia Valdes: ‘Handful of Water’

Panamanian export Sofia Valdes has music in her blood, as her grandfather was the legendary Cuban musician Miguelito Valdés, and her great-great grandmother was none other than Silvia De Grasse. “Handful of Water” has a catchy melody and was written and inspired by her roots.


Nick Pagan: ‘Hardly Use My Hands’

Latinx crooner Nick Pagan’s “Hardly Use My Hands” is a down-tempo jam that draws from the ‘70s sound of John Lennon, David Bowie, and Neil Young, and taps into self-discovery.


Pachyman: ‘Big Energy’

The Puerto Rican, LA-based Pachy García, or Pachyman to his fans, was weaned on local reggae heroes and classic dub. Now he creates his own style of dub influenced by Caribbean rhythms. The latest recipient of the Latin Alternative Music Conference Discovery Award, Pachyman’s “Big Energy” sees Garcia playing all the instruments heard on the song.


Sofia Rei: ‘Un Mismo Cielo’

Sofia Rei took off on a solo trek through the rugged terrain of eastern Chile with two backpacks filled with recording gear to gather her thoughts and the sounds of this awe-inspiring landscape. An ardent student of South American folkloric traditions and a Professor at NYU, Rei’s “Un Mismo Cielo” or “The Same Sky” pays tribute to the past aided by digital technology.


Joan Armatrading: ‘Already There’

Joan Armatrading’s is the first female singer/songwriter out of the U.K. to receive international success via her recordings. Since the release of her first album in 1972, Armatrading’s unmistakable sound continues to evolve with raw emotion and poetic authenticity. “Already There” is the latest song by an incomparable singer.


Masayoshi Fujita: ‘Morocco’

Vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita is based in the magical place of rural Japan where life flows with the seasons. Fujita takes a departure from his usual instrument, the vibraphone, and builds an album’s worth of instrumental compositions around the organic sound of the marimba. But on the thoughtful piece “Morocco,” the two instruments meet and create their own dance.


The Marías: ‘Hush’

We think The Marías are about to strike big, and we’re eager to get our hands on their new album, “Cinema,” which draws on what brought this band together in the first place. Let’s check out the sexy beat behind “Hush.”


Joseph Spence: ‘Run Come See Jerusalem’

You may not have heard of Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence, but his guitar work was significant in the ‘60s and directly influenced many artists, including Richard Thompson and Taj Mahal. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has collected never-before-heard recordings of Spence’s, including “Run Come See Jerusalem,” which recounts the sinking of the ship Pretoria in 1929, which Spence witnessed firsthand.


Bomba Estereo: ‘Ahora’

Grammy-nominated Bomba Estereo found time to regroup in the last year, reconnect with family and friends, and still get a little work done. You can hear their message of mindfulness in the song “Ahora” or “now,” as they ponder being in the present moment.


Mykki Blanco: ‘Love Me’ (feat. Jamila Woods and Jay Cue)

Mykki Blanco can’t wait to share their first new album in five years, “Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep,” coming out later this month. Here’s a taste of what you’ll hear as “Love Me” features the incomparable Jamila Woods and Mykki’s real-life brother Jay Cue.


Gone to Color: ‘The 606’ (feat. Jessie Stein of The Luyas)

An experimental rock/electronic band formed in Cincinnati, Gone to Color make use of their moniker as a collaborative space to work with other artists. Their debut album features a slew of guests including Martina-Topley Bird, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, Ade Blackburn of Clinic, and Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, but on Today’s Top Tune, Jessie Stein of The Luyas is the voice of “The 606.”


esperanza spalding: ‘Formwela 1’

A prolific renaissance woman, esperanza spalding is immersed in music and the therapeutic practices and philosophies that define sound. “Formwela 1” is part of a trilogy of songs designed to benefit the listener and ease tension and grief.


João Selva: ‘Meu Mano’ (feat. Flavia Coelho)

Can’t go to Brazil? We’ll bring the sound of Brazil to you with João Selva, who takes a jazzy turn on the infectious “Meu Mano” featuring singer Flavia Coelho.


DARKSIDE: ‘The Limit’

Chilean-American electro musician Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington continue their work as DARKSIDE—their version of a jam band. Check out the sultry, seductive lure of “The Limit.”