I spent 10 years on air as a Hip Hop DJ (granted, a very eclectic one) and radio producer. I'm not as compulsive as I used to be, but a DJ never really stops diggin' in the crates. These days, I don't have a weekly radio show to use as an excuse to spend crazy amounts of time, love and money on my music obsession, but I still love finding new sounds to listen to and keep me going when I have to catch up on the business side of freelance life. I also love sharing what I find, and before facebook or twitter, I used to send out tracks to my DJ friends in group emails - I know... too quaint, right? So I'm going to try to do a weekly list of music from mostly independent artists. I'll try to throw some of my radio show archives in the mix once I figure out how I want to host them.
Vinyl is and will always be my primary mode of listening. (At least until you can play 48b 96k audio files through a pocket tube amp). That being said here's my digi-crate for this week. Hope y'all enjoy my lil audio adventure.
  1. Amy G. Dala is someone who I totally stumbled on by accident, but this track is crazy beautiful to me.
2. Glitch Mob's new album teaser - I'm not sure how I feel about this track yet, but I keep coming back to it so there must be something. It has a lot of musical elements I like plus the video is what I imagine a Giger / Tron themed art piece at Burning Man would be like. I'll probably grab the album regardless because Glitch Mob's production value is so high that even if I don't love it, I learn something from how it's made. Very few artist collectives/groups consistently surprise me and embed that intellectual level into their work in the way that the Glitch Mob members do.
3. And since I was thinking of Glitch Mob, I pulled up edIT's Lightening in Bottle mix from 2017. This has been a goto work track for me since December. The entire mix is pretty addictive plus it blends well with caffeine for a productive work flow. There is a .wav download button by the share button so definitely save your ears and grab the higher quality file. Love that Ed still posts .wav files.
4. Machine Drum - I'm still feeling out Machine Drum but will probably track down his latest release on vinyl just because of this track. I love Ninja Tune so expect at least one Ninja Tune related track or dj mix in every digi-crate I send out into the world. I'll try to dig up my interview with Cold Cut to post at some point as well.
5. Get Crazy + Be Allright - I treated myself to Poirier's Be All Right Ep on vinyl a few months back so I've got that in rotation on the decks plus a throwback - Get Crazy. This track never gets old and neither does the video, which might have been the first hyper-lapse I'd ever seen. Poirier has always been one to do the unexpected and I never know what to expect from him, but I always like it. I have a bunch of his dj sets in my radio archives so expect to see more of him in future posts as well.
6. New Label Discovery - And I'm about to go on a 45 binge with my new label discovery: Philophon Records. If you saw my post with my Water and Wind animation, then you might remember I mentioned and artist named Bajka. Her most recent release is below along with another afro-roots dub track that I'm loving so much I'll pay for shipping from Berlin.

7. And the Daptones have done it again - Orquesta Akokán ,the latest project from the Daptones Records is amazing! The second coming of Buena Vista Social Club is here. Similar set up where the album was recorded in three days in Havana as well. So beautiful! Just listen!
8. Drop the Mic - Sharon may be gone but her voice lives on and voices have power!
 

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Amy G. Dala track is beautiful. I love some Daedelus and Prefuse '73, this is right in that sweet spot. I would like to present to you a gift of a song I caught a little bit used in an episode of Broad City which I hunted down and love this track
I didn't even go further down the list before commenting, as I just re-scrolled up and down again I noticed Glitch Mob as the second thing. Love me some Marty Party, Pantyraid haven't listened to in a while, but very much heavily into Hippie Sabotage right now. I hope to remember to come check this post again when in the next music listening mood to see more artists from your list.
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Yes! Funny thing is the Amy G Dala track was a discovery through Daedalus :) Of course!
And Thank You CC! This Photay track is great! It reminds me of Dabrye meets Jazz Mafia with a touch of Dilla (Slum Village styles).
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