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.
Monday, March 12 Marlon Williams ”What’s Chasing You”
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).
Tuesday, March 13 Jordan Rakei “Eye To Eye” (pronounced roc-EYE)
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.
Wednesday, March 14 Now, Now “Yours”
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.”
Thursday, March 15 Nilüfer Yanya “Baby Luv”
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.
Friday, March 16 Sudan Archives “Paid”
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.”