KCRW is in Austin, TX for the annual SXSW music festival. Get to know some of the artists performing at our showcases with a week’s worth of Today’s Top Tune downloads.
Marlon Williams chronicles the arc of relationships on his new album Make Way For Love. Today’s track – “What’s Chasing You” – is no exception and recalls Roy Orbison. If you’re at SXSW, check him out when he appears at KCRW’s Day Showcase (3/14).
Jordan Rakei combats his inner demons by penning soul-stirring songs. “Eye To Eye” is his most personal opus to date; and finds the artist taking risks and making leaps both personally and professionally.
Minneapolis duo Now, Now released a couple of teasers from their first album in 6 years (dropping later this spring), making it clear that good things come to those who wait. Their time away from music created the fodder needed to write songs that are direct and transparent. Enjoy “Yours.”
Lauded as a new soul star in the making, we welcome Nilüfer Yanya to KCRW’s SXSW night showcase in Austin. The 22-year-old Londoner – with a soaring voice – takes inspiration from legendary songwriters like Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley. “Baby Luv” offers a sinuous guitar line beside a cooing vocal.
Self-taught violinist, Sudan Archives, draws inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers. She’s currently on tour, and will make pit stops at SXSW and Coachella. Sudan Archives fuses folk music with electronics on Today’s Top Tune, “Paid.”