Mirella Cesa & Mr Pauer: Respira Ecuadorian singer-songwriter Mirella Cesa is best known as the "mother of Andipop" and here, she partners up with Venezuelan DJ Mr. Pauer for “Respira.” Fusing delicate Andean and Afro-Latin rhythms with Charango and indigenous drumming, this track has an enchanting melody.
Dream Wife: Fire Formed as part of an art school college project and named as a commentary on our objectification of women - UK trio Dream Wife have been turning heads. We feel their "Fire" both as a creative and destructive force.
Adrian Younge: Chasing Love Let's take a journey into spiritual jazz, funk, and dark-soul with LA-based composer/producer/arranger Adrian Younge. He loves the sound of analog and doesn't use samples (he is an entertainment law professor after all). Cinematic and highly orchestrated "Chasing Love" is as seductive as the title suggests.
Jon Hassell: Dreaming Visionary trumpeter Jon Hassell is the originator of the musical concept known as "Fourth World," which he defines as "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques." Hassell's first recording in 9 years is on his own new label. "Dreaming" is full of the complex layers and textures that echo his ethereal trademark sound.
Young Fathers: Picking You Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers have a new album and an enviable opportunity to play those songs on the iconic Hollywood Bowl stage, opening for LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. If they could raise the roof there, they would on the slow jam "Picking You."
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Talking Straight Since their start, Melbourne five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever could feel their immediate chemistry. They're stage ready to play new songs from an their upcoming debut album out early summer. Let's rock with "Talking Straight."
Cuco: Lo Que Siento Hawthorne, CA based Cuco got major props at SXSW this year. After a stint at our home base of Santa Monica College, he began to pursue music in earnest. The moniker of 19-year-old Omar Banos steers his work toward the dream-pop side, incorporating lovelorn ‘Spanglish’ lyrics into the mix. Check out why he's become a Chicano heartthrob by listening to "Lo Que Siento."