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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

Sea Wolf: 'Reflections On A Grey Dawn' (feat. Dustin O’Halloran)

10/27/2021
Lauded LA indie artist Alex Brown Church, a.k.a. Sea Wolf, is a master at whispering heartrending songwriting. “Reflections On A Grey Dawn” features composer, pianist, and trusted friend Dustin O’Halloran.”

Duration:00:04:17

Tears for Fears: ‘The Tipping Point’

10/26/2021
Seventeen years and over 30 million albums later, Tears for Fears are thrilling fans with the prospect of a new album projected for release in February. The legendary synth-rock duo put together a song cycle reflecting the personal and professional moments that throw off the balance in life with the title track “The Tipping Point.”

Duration:00:04:13

Foamboy: ‘Peach Smoothie’ (Radio Edit)

10/25/2021
For their debut album, “My Sober Daydream,” Portland-based duo Foamboy distilled their experiences working with other musicians in order to focus on one kind of musical aesthetic. This process helped them edit out the fat for a lean and danceable beat on “Peach Smoothie.”

Duration:00:05:30

Jnatra: ‘Marigold’

10/22/2021
Los Angeles is home to many talented artists, including modular artist Jnatra, who explores the moodiness of the season with sonic texture on “Marigold.”

Duration:00:03:38

Leiva: ‘Histéricos’ (feat. Ximena Sariñana)

10/21/2021
Spanish artist Leiva has made one of his dreams come true: an album featuring the inspiring Hispanic-Latin women he admires most. Teaming up with artists like Natalia LaFourcade, Gaby Moreno, Elsa y Elmar, and, on the romantic break-up ballad “Histericos,” talented Mexican singer Ximena Sariñana.

Duration:00:03:33

Baker Boy: ‘My Mind’ (feat. G-Flip)

10/20/2021
You may know Australian First Nations rapper Danzal Baker under a handful of monikers, but we think of him as Baker Boy. Check out the smile-inducing effects as Baker Boy teams up with homeland favorite G-Flip on the romantic and bouncy “My Mind,” and learn more about the artist’s dynamic career on his episode of Global Beat Australia.

Duration:00:03:18

Gabriel Poso: ‘Futurista’

10/19/2021
Italian master percussionist and talented multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Poso has a feel for Afro-Latin percussion and drum patterns. His latest sonic adventure weaves analog technology for the penetrating sound featured on “Futurista.”

Duration:00:03:01

Daisy the Great: ‘Record Player’

10/18/2021
Brooklyn indie pop duo Daisy the Great team up with alt-rock trio AJR for a hooky track about an object of our affection, “Record Player,” which you may be familiar with from TikTok.

Duration:00:02:31

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