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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

El Dragon Criollo: ‘Cumbia Fantasia’

10/15/2021
If you can believe it… it’s a Friday once again! And what better way to celebrate than a dancefloor killer from snake charmers El Dragon Criollo, who bring the party with an undulating jungle mix called “Cumbia Fantasia.”

Duration:00:04:51

Good Morning: ‘Country’

10/14/2021
Every Thursday, we’ve been tapping into new music with a curated view from Global Beat Australia. The duo Good Morning is a recent find, with a forthcoming album dropping later this month. We’ll check out “Country” with its jangly guitars and pensive refrain.

Duration:00:02:51

King Hannah: ‘A Well-Made Woman’

10/13/2021
Liverpool duo King Hannah get slinky and sinister on “A Well-Made Woman,” a song that is part tone poem, part voodoo.

Duration:00:03:52

Damon Albarn: ‘Royal Morning Blue’

10/12/2021
Shapeshifting musical guru Damon Albarn positioned his piano to overlook the sea in Iceland to write and record his brand new solo album, “The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows.” Single “Royal Morning Blue” captures the sound of rain turning into snow in a way only Albarn can.

Duration:00:03:13

Little Simz: ‘Woman’ (Feat. Cleo Sol)

10/11/2021
We’re keeping an eye on British-Nigerian rapper/singer Little Simz, whose empowering track “Woman” landed on our Best Songs of 2021 (So Far) and features another rising star we’re excited about, Cleo Sol.

Duration:00:03:53

St. Panther: ‘Problems’

10/8/2021
KCRW’s 2020 Best New Artist St. Panther helped get us through a turbulent year and is back to lighten up our lives with “Problems,” an antidote to obstacles and a way into new opportunities.

Duration:00:02:36

Gal Musette: ‘Oliver’

10/7/2021
Baroque pop artist Gal Musette dives into her experience with unrequited love by inviting Grammy-award winning artist Rufus Wainwright to duet with her on the lilting song “Oliver.”

Duration:00:04:28

Arooj Aftab: ‘Last Night’

10/6/2021
Pakistani queer composer and song stylist Arooj Aftab enchants with music that is somewhere between the workings of Jeff Buckley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on “Last Night.”

Duration:00:06:00

Mild High Club: ‘A New High’

10/5/2021
A follow up to their 2017 collaboration with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mild High Club have just dropped their latest album “Going Going Gone.” Jazzy with hints of ‘70s Brazilia, “A New High” promises a 2:47 well spent.

Duration:00:02:48

My Morning Jacket: ‘Love Love Love’ (Radio Edit)

10/4/2021
Looking for love? Well, My Morning Jacket is about to issue their ninth full length album later this month. In the words of frontman Jim James, “‘Love Love Love” speaks toward positivity and pure love, finding truth within yourself and in the world around you.”

Duration:00:03:42

Susana Baca: ‘Sorongo’

10/1/2021
Teacher, folklorist, three-time Latin Grammy winner, and a former Minister of Culture in her native Peru, Susana Baca heralds the revival of Afro-Peruvian music. Baca’s forthcoming album “Palabras Urgentes,” or Spanish for “Urgent Words,” (out Oct. 8) is a captivating collection produced by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. Take a listen to standout track “Sorongo.”

Duration:00:03:42

Valida: ‘On Fire’

9/30/2021
KCRW DJ Valida doesn’t just play records on the air, she makes music too! Months into the pandemic, Valida began to think about the pull of romantic relationships and came up with this moody yet upbeat track, “On Fire.”

Duration:00:04:31

Gabriel Rios: ‘El Raton’

9/29/2021
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Gabriel Rios moved to Belgium as a teenager to study painting. His fifth studio album, “Flore,” praises his roots in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean and offers cool covers from some of his favorite artists, like this beautiful reimagining of Cheo Feliciano’s “El Raton.”

Duration:00:04:07

Silas Short: ‘ROOMS’

9/28/2021
Growing up in both the inner city and suburbs of Milwaukee, Silas Short found himself in one of the most segregated cities in the U.S. Silas’ mixed racial identity was under constant attack, so he turned to art and music to fortify his soul. On “ROOMS,” Silas appreciates his biracial identity with a safe space for what he calls “Black people into alternative music.”

Duration:00:04:25

Petite Amie: ‘Adios’

9/27/2021
They may have a French name, but psych-pop outfit Petite Amie are Mexico City-based and release their self-titled debut album at the end of the week. But why wait? Get familiar with them through an acoustic and serene track titled “Adios.”

Duration:00:03:26

Shintaro Sakamoto: ‘The Feeling of Love’

9/24/2021
A legendary figure in Japanese psychedelic rock, Shintaro Sakamoto brings a laid back and experimental approach to his work. We love the old timey sound of “The Feeling of Love.”

Duration:00:04:11

FERLA: ‘I See You’

9/23/2021
We’ve been discovering a wide variety of artists via our Global Beat: Australia program, with Melbourne after-dark pop darlings FERLA as one of those stand out groups. We want to make sure you don’t miss this one, a down-tempo new wave stunner on a baritone bed called “I See You.”

Duration:00:03:36

Shannon & The Clams: ‘Do I Wanna Stay’

9/22/2021
Wanda Jackson meets The Ronettes on Shannon & The Clams’ new album, “Year Of The Spider.” Gutsy and strong, Shannon sings her heart out on “Do I Wanna Stay.”

Duration:00:04:30

Blond In Car: ‘Another Girl’

9/21/2021
LA-based Robin Schorr makes music under the handle of Blond in Car. Hints of Sade lace the song “Another Girl,” a vignette that calls out smooth operators.

Duration:00:03:57

Durand Jones & The Indications: ‘Sea of Love’

9/20/2021
Catch the unstoppable Durand Jones & The Indications as they unlock a wide range of new sounds on their new album “Private Space,” anchored by the lush vocals of Aaron Frazer on “Sea Of Love.”

Duration:00:03:49