An eclectic mix of songs makes up Today’s Top Tune this week. We start by exploring new work by disco king Tensnake. Don’t miss The Pretenders, currently on tour with Stevie Nicks. Morgan Delt brings the flower power era into the 21st century. Cotton Jones’ Michael Nau takes a casual approach on his solo work. And if you’re aching for a taste of Appalachian folk via sitar, take a listen to Dawg Yawp.
Channeling the disco gods, German producer Tensnake returns to his underground disco, house roots with his latest work. We feel the heat and experience the magic on the track “Desire.”
The Pretenders is back with its first new album in five years. Recorded with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also produced the album at his studio in Nashville, we hear front woman Chrissie Hynde flex her rock and roll muscle on “Holy Commotion.”
Artist Morgan Delt’s been catching on with KCRW DJs. He produced and recorded everything on this 10-track effort in his Topanga Canyon workshop. The home-fi recording feels soothing and experimental as exemplified by “I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside.”
Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp intricately combines sitar, vintage synths and blown out guitars on its debut. Sounding much bigger than its two members, the duo captures a psychedelic swirl on “Lost At Sea.”
Not sure about making a solo recording, Michael Nau was just recording songs. For years, he’d been writing songs with his wife, Whitney McGraw, under the moniker Cotton Jones. Tracking ideas while on the road he stockpiled them in his Maryland compound until a whole album emerged. Here’s the title track to “Love Survive.”