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Little Dragon - Photo by Delali Ayivi

Little Dragon & April + VISTA

We know you got layers, so what’s underneath? Get to peeling with this contemplative soul-searcher from Swedish electro-poppers (and longtime KCRW darlings) Little Dragon, in collaboration with eclectic production duo April + VISTA. Featuring a persistent synth beat teeming with sexy tension, and singer Yukimi Nagano’s signature cool-girl delivery crowned by sighing strings and faraway piano — this track is yours for the yearning.

P.S. Catch Little Dragon: KCRW Live From HQ on Friday, September 29th during the 11aPT hour of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Dua Saleh - Photo by Grant Spanier

Dua Saleh

Take some time to process whatever you’re pushing down by following the example heard here. Ascendant Sudanese-American rapper Dua Saleh alternates between whispered admissions and belted, raw-edged vocals in this standalone single — their first release of 2023. Hit play for commanding verses over earnest campfire guitar strums, and some truly excellent facial jewelry. Pro-tip: if you don’t recognize Saleh from their role in the Netflix series Sex Education, you should probably work on that.

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Sampha - Photo by: Dexter Navy


Snaps, y’all: UK rapper and producer Sampha brings mad poetry slam energy to this slick ‘n’ gorgeous track off of his new album LAHAI, which graciously drops next month. Plentiful creative license is taken with structure and form, resulting in delights at every turn whether in the form of lyrical elegance, or visual metaphor.You’ve waited long enough, so hit play. You may find that this track is the only one you need.

Joel Culpepper & Tom Misch - PC: Raminta Ceponyte

Joel Culpepper

Strap in, we’ve got the perfect carefree groove for your weekend on wheels. Londoner Joel Culpepper is the R&B singer-songwriter your catalog’s been missing, and the breezy funk-jam style courtesy of KCRW fave Tom Misch provides a welcome invitation to flow freely past whatever’s got you down. Fans of R&B icon D’Angelo, take note; this track will be perfectly at home on your decks and in your heart.

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Rocky Dawuni - PC: courtesy of artist

Rocky Dawuni

Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve been craving ‘til it’s served up on your plate. Grammy-nominated Ghanaian artist and activist Rocky Dawuni identifies his musical style as “Afro-Roots:” A signature blend of reggae, afrobeat, highlife, and soul. It’s a buffet of meaningful and joyful influences, crowned by an inspiring message to set the tone for a weekend of coming together.

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