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Ayo, You ever listen to a tape in the middle of the night under complete darkness? That’s how I first experienced “Ritual Spirit EP” by Massive Attack.  Every song on this EP is driving and almost tribal in its percussion. It really does have a sort of ritual and dark energy to it. The features fit extremely […]

Sup with it, This week on Mood Swings I bring you one of my favorite albums of all time. “Plastic Beach” (2010) was Gorillaz’ follow up to their critically acclaimed album “Demon Days”. If Demon Days was a representation of progressive Rock & Roll, then Plastic Beach is a representation of progressive hip hop and […]

Whatsup fam, This week on Mood Swings I’m spinning “III” by BADBADNOTGOOD. Released in 2014, this has quickly become one of my favorite jazz records of all time. The group’s love of hip-hop and blends well with moody jazz voicings to create an atmosphere filled with intensity and ferocity. The trio (with the occasional saxophone […]

Hey folks! This week on Mood Swings, we’re taking a look at Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s stellar 2015 album “Multi-Love“. This progressive psych rock band actually finds it’s roots in our very own Portland, OR as the guitarist/singer Ruban Nielson has lived here for a big part of his life. The bands’ positive energy, chill vibes, […]

What’s up people? A new term means new content. This term Mood Swings will be branching out into different genres and vibes. However, every show will still have a distinct vibe. This time on Mood Swings, I explore the album “Mockroot” by Armenian composer Tigran Hamasyan. His fast paced, heavy metal-esque sound creates a feeling […]

What’s good! I’m back this week with an exploration into jazz influenced “Future R&B”. This combination of synthesized and acoustic music has a unique and wierd sound. It took me a bit to get into Hiatus Kaiyote, the nonsensical vocals and odd time signatures threw me off. Now, however, they are one of my favorite […]

Hey folks! This week on Mood Swings I bring you the music of central and south america. Bosssa Nova music is a genre of jazz that really came of the fusion of traditional latin music with jazz in the 1960’s. At the forefront of this cultural fusion was Stan Getz with his collaborative album with […]

This week on Mood Swings, I explore the sweet sound of southern gospel and blues. Originally a combination of African drums and Christian hymns, gospel and blues music became an extremely unique sound in America. Other soul singers like Smokey Robinson wrote standards that would be passed down for generations. As blues rapidly evolved into jazz […]


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