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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

Ozomatli: ‘Mi Destino’ (feat. B-Real and Gaby Moreno)

7/30/2021
KCRW’s beloved two-time Grammy Award winners and hometown heroes Ozomatli have been busy working on a new album that drops today! Let’s give “Mi Destino,” featuring superb vocals by superstar Gaby Moreno and Cypress Hill’s own B-Real, a spin.

Duration:00:03:42

Hard Feelings: ‘Dangerous’

7/29/2021
Amy Douglas built her career on a foundation of house and disco, as her voice roared through dance floors. Teamed up with Hot Chip’s synth-powerhouse Joe Goddard as the duo Hard Feelings, this new collaboration rolls out the hard-hitting track “Dangerous.” We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful pairing.

Duration:00:04:52

Chiiild: ‘Eventually’

7/28/2021
Montreal’s Chiiild uses his music to pen songs that ponder our humanity and shared experiences. “Eventually” lures us in with a come-hither beat much like the lover he’s trying to coax back.

Duration:00:02:42

Ceci Bastida: ‘Corre’

7/27/2021
Ceci Bastida expresses her interest in global issues around migration and the oppressed by inviting Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar to join her on “Corre,” or Spanish for “run.” Growing up on the Tijuana side of the U.S. border, Ceci learned about the struggles of refugees at an early age.

Duration:00:04:11

Kings of Convenience: ‘Rocky Trail’

7/26/2021
Subtle and evocative, Norway’s Kings of Convenience return to share their first new studio album in 12 years as they continue to create lilting melodies and a mellifluous sound only two old harmonious friends can make. “Rocky Trail'' is an exploration of where Eirik and Erlend find themselves at this point in their lives.

Duration:00:03:32

Twin Shadow: ‘Is There Any Love’

7/23/2021
Twin Shadow takes a sonic shift on his new self-titled album, flexing soul and funk grooves as he embraces his Dominican heritage. “Is There Any Love” overflows with joyous vibes.

Duration:00:03:29

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: ‘Ya Love’

7/22/2021
The prolific and weirdly wonderful King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard put together their eighteenth album to date, ‘Butterfly 3000,’ by recording in isolation at each of the six members' homes. The band set a creative challenge as well, yanking them out of their comfort zone to navigate new equipment as they stumbled on lots of happy accidents that looped into songs like “Ya Love.”

Duration:00:04:17

Aaron Embry: ‘Wannabe King’

7/21/2021
Looking to feed your rock diet? Artist Aaron Embry gathers up some of his bandmates from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for a meat-n-potatoes grinder about being happy in the moment on “Wannabe King.”

Duration:00:03:38

Sleater-Kinney: ‘Path of Wellness’

7/20/2021
Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, better known as Sleater-Kinney, got down to business in 2020 and recorded an album in their Portland homebase with local musicians. They produced the record’s 11 tracks themselves, including the rocker “Path of Wellness.” Join KCRW hosts Evan Kleiman and Anne Litt at 7pm tonight in conversation with Sleater-Kinney as part of Sound Bites, the intersection where music and food meet. Free!

Duration:00:02:42

Chromeo: ‘Don't Sleep’ (Live in Washington DC)

7/19/2021
Disco-funk architects Chromeo have missed bringing us together on the dancefloor during the pandemic, so they’ve pieced together some of the brightest moments from their 2018-2019 dates. Among them is “Don’t Sleep” (Live in Washington DC), from when the duo toured with a live band for the first time.

Duration:00:04:35

k.d. lang & Orville Peck: ‘Miss Chatelaine’ (Iron Hoof Remix)

7/16/2021
1992 saw the release of celestial singer k.d. lang’s album “Ingénue,” with its track “Miss Chatelaine” earning a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance the following year. Fast forward to 2021, when fellow Canadian country star Orville Peck re-vamped the song with an Iron Hoof Remix.

Duration:00:04:02

Lagartijeando: ‘Sideral Cumbia’

7/15/2021
Argentine producer/DJ Lagartijeando explores his love of cumbia on a deep dive vibe with “Sideral Cumbia.” The track offers a transcendent view into an album slated for release in October.

Duration:00:04:29

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram: ‘662’

7/14/2021
Temperatures are rising all over, but Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is really turning up the heat with a scorching track called “662,” named after the area code for Ingram’s hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he is redefining the blues via killer guitarwork and heartfelt lyrics.

Duration:00:03:19

Schwey: ‘Was It You’

7/13/2021
Funky and fabulous Schwey has us dancing to their breezy jams day and night. Anthony Valadez made their album, “Schwey 2: Cyber Soul,” his favorite so far in 2021, you’ll know why when you hear “Was It You.”

Duration:00:03:40

Mark Cast & Pahua: ‘Quiéreme’

7/12/2021
Mexican artists, producers, and labelmates Pahua and Mark Cast team up to showcase their chops — Cast contributes EDM dance beats against Pahua’s lo-fi folkloric lyrics on “Quiéreme.”

Duration:00:03:25

Juana Molina: ‘El Desconfiado’

7/9/2021
Celebrate the 21st anniversary of “Segundo,” the sophomore album by lo-fi experimental indie guru Juana Molina that lead to her international success, and her homeland Argentina’s Independence Day, by listening to a remastered version of “El Desconfiado” or “the distrustful.”

Duration:00:03:09

Cochemea: ‘Mimbreños’

7/8/2021
Cochemea’s compositions draw from his ancestral history and soulful rhythm patterns in front of a seven-piece collective of New York percussionists alongside Daptone’s rhythm section. Explosive yet meditative, “Mimbreños” or “membranes” builds its way around a single horn.

Duration:00:04:25

Slothrust: ‘Once More for the Ocean’

7/6/2021
Looking for ear candy? Let’s turn to Slothrust, LA-by-way-of-New York purveyors of post-punk goodness as they get ready to drop their fifth album in the fall. Bandleader Leah Wellbaum delivers a powerful punch and a nice guitar solo, too, on “Once More for the Ocean.”

Duration:00:03:38

Porter Robinson: ‘do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do’

7/5/2021
Porter Robinson finds that an earnest and sincere effort to tackle our personal struggles is the best way to overcome them. The DJ-producer had a myopic view when it came to making music, thinking it was the only thing that made him happy — and the more desperate he became to write, the harder it was. Facing his demons head-on inspired this playful track, “do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do.”

Duration:00:03:36

Greentea Peng: ‘Nah It Ain’t The Same’ (Clean Radio Edit)

7/2/2021
Just in time for summer, we are treated to London-based neo-soul artist Greentea Peng. With nods to the ‘70s and inspired from artists like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, there is a whole lotta chill soul to catch on “Nah It Ain’t The Same.”

Duration:00:02:53