When we polled the KCRW DJs on their favorite albums of 2013, some expected names came up, from familiar faces (Arcade Fire, Jim James) to newcomers with breakout years (Jagwar Ma, Laura Mvula). But one surprise was the appearance of South African electronic project John Wizards' self-titled record on a few DJs' lists.
Perhaps one shouldn't be so shocked, as it captivated us right out of the box. Don't just take my word for it; read Mario Cotto's blog post about them.
In honor of their recognition, we're featuring John Wizards as this week's Album Preview! (And check all the rest of the KCRW DJs' picks for Best of 2013 here.)
--ERIC J. LAWRENCE
1. Tek Lek Schrempf
2. Lusaka By Night
6. Funally / Jet Up
8. Jabu Ley
12. I'm Still A Serious Guy