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Danish producer Trentemøller recently brought his trademark melancholy and darkly atmospheric music to KCRW's studio. "One Eye Open" — the first song he worked on for his fourth full-length, Fixion, with singer Marie Fisker — was a highlight of a fantastic live set.

SET LIST

  • "One Eye Open"

Photo: Spencer C. Amonwatvorakul/KCRW.

The Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi brought in a full band for a stunning live performance. He has a giant global following — and for good reason, as demonstrated by this rendition of his piece "Petricor."

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  • "Petricor"

Photo: Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW. Watch Ludovico Einaudi's full Morning Becomes Eclectic set at KCRW.com.

In the middle of a sold-out three-night run at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Wilco recorded a very special session for KCRW. The band was in top form, playing some fan favorites alongside songs from its latest release, Schmilco. Here's the excellent "Someone To Lose."

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  • "Someone To Lose"

Photo: Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Tycho started as a bedroom project from Bay Area producer Scott Hansen and has evolved into a full-band experience, reflected both in its live shows and on its latest album, Epoch. Hansen maintains the dreamy, melodic sound for which he's known in a fresh batch of instrumental tracks. Watch Tycho perform "Horizon" live in KCRW's studio.

Set List

  • "Horizon"

Photo: Carl Pocket/KCRW

How To Dress Well, a.k.a. Tom Krell, is now based in Los Angeles — but for his new album, Care, he traveled around the world and worked with a bunch of collaborators to craft his best set of songs yet. Krell performed the sexy track "Can't You Tell" live in KCRW's studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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  • "Can't You Tell"

Photo: Carl Pocket/KCRW.

In its first U.S. live radio performance in 20 years, the U.K. indie-pop band Lush reminded listeners why we've been pining for its return. The band called it quits in 1998 after four albums, but returned this year with a new EP that hearkens back to Lush's classic, poppy-yet-edgy sound — as heard in this gem titled "Out Of Control."

Set List

  • "Out Of Control"

Watch Lush's full session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

For Glass Animals, the concept of the "sophomore slump" doesn't apply — a point that becomes abundantly clear when listening to How To Be A Human Being. The new album was recorded in less than two months and based on stories that frontman Dave Bayley heard from people he'd met while touring the world. "Life Itself" is a standout.

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  • "Life Itself"

Blind Pilot's new album is proof that profound loss can result in profoundly beautiful music. After a five-year hiatus, during which frontman Israel Nebeker lost his father, the Portland, Ore., band has returned with And Then Like Lions. The band's live set for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic was gorgeous, particularly the anthemic "Packed Powder."

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  • "Packed Powder"

Soul singer Allen Stone, the son of a preacher and a self-described hippie, hails from rural Washington. He's said Stevie Wonder is one of his biggest influences, and that's evident in a brand-new song he played live on KCRW, "Naturally."

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  • "Naturally"

Photo by Dustin Downing/KCRW.

Ziggy Marley is true music royalty. On KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, the seven-time Grammy-winning reggae musician recently played a career-spanning set of music from his incredible catalog — including the hopeful "Start It Up" from his new self-titled album.

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  • "Start It Up"

Photo by Dustin Downing/KCRW.

George Clinton, the mastermind behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, is one of the foremost innovators of funk music.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats never fail to deliver a rousing, soulful performance. Rateliff and his band were in fine form — particularly in this take on their hit single "S.O.B." — when they stopped by our studio in the middle of summer-festival season.

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  • "S.O.B."

Photo by Dustin Downing for KCRW.

Local Natives' much-anticipated third full-length album, Sunlit Youth, is set for release in September. The band, a hometown favorite here in Los Angeles, performed a stirring set of all-new songs for Morning Becomes Eclectic. This one, "Villainy," is a love letter to L.A.

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  • "Villainy"

Photo by Brian Lowe for KCRW.

Imarhan is a crew of young musicians from Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. The band has a direct family relationship with Tuareg rock trailblazers Tinariwen: Not only is one of Tinariwen's members, Eyadou Ag Leche, a cousin of Imarhan's frontman, but he also has production and co-writing credits on the younger band's new album.

Imarhan integrates the hypnotic riffs and relentless percussion of traditional Tuareg music with modern elements to create something fresh, as you can hear on "Tarha Tadagh."

This Week's Playlist

  • The Avalanches, "Because I'm Me" (Astralwerks)
  • Glass Animals, "Youth" (Harvest)
  • Snakehips, "All My Friends [Prep Remix]" (Sony)
  • Jamie Lidell, "Walk Right Back" (Jajulin)
  • Kungs, "This Girl" (Republic)
  • Pat Lok, "Let Me Show You In" (Kitsune)
  • Bondax, "Love Me Blind [feat. Eric Hassle]" (White Label)
  • Rufus Du Sol, "Be With You" (Sweat It Out)
  • Le Youth & No Way Back, "Back To Life" (Eclypse)

This Week's Playlist

  • The Avalanches, "Because I'm Me" (Astralwerks)
  • The Avalanches, "Since I Left You" (Modular)
  • Gavin Turk & Viceroy, "Fade Out" (Attila [Revolver])
  • Paradis, "Instantane [Instrumental]" (Barclay)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "First World Problem" (Jagjaguwar)
  • Sasha, "View 2" (Late Night Tales)
  • Bondax, "Love Me Blind [feat. Eric Hassle]" (White Label)
  • Kaytranada, "Lite Spots" (XL)

The brother-sister duo Wild Belle found inspiration for its latest recording in its native city of Chicago, in its adopted homes in Los Angeles and Jamaica, and most of all in its members' romantic entanglements. The pair's island pop is a refreshing treat — especially the title track from Dreamland.

Set List

  • "Dreamland"

Watch Wild Belle's full performance at KCRW.com.

Metropolis: 07/16/16

Jul 18, 2016

This Week's Playlist

  • Machinedrum, "Angel Speak [feat. Melo X]" (Ninja Tune)
  • Jagwar Ma, "O B 1" (Mom+Pop)
  • Pierre Henry & Michael Colombier, "Psyche Rock [William Orbit Invisible Mix]" (Philips)
  • Disclosure, "Feel Like I Do [feat. Al Green]" (Capitol)
  • Classixx, "Faraway Reach" (Innovative Leisure)
  • Classixx, "Eyes On Me [feat. Harriet Brown]" (Innovative Leisure)
  • Justice, "Safe And Sound" (Because/Atlantic)

U.K. soul singer Michael Kiwanuka took time off after the release of his 2012 debut to figure out what he really wanted to say next. He ultimately partnered with producer Danger Mouse to craft a new album, Love And Hate; you can hear Kiwanuka's growth as an artist in songs like "The Final Frame."

Set List

  • "The Final Frame"

Metropolis: 07/11/16

Jul 11, 2016

This Week's Playlist

  • Tycho, "Division" (Ghostly International)
  • Bat For Lashes, "Sunday Love" (Capitol)
  • Attlas, "Ryat" (Mau5trap)
  • Riton, "Rinse & Repeat [feat. Kah-Lo]" (Riton Time)
  • Jax Jones, "House Work [feat. Mike Dunn & Mnek]" (Polydor)
  • Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons, "Sacred Dance Of The Demon [Gorgon City Remix]" (Crosstown Rebels)
  • H.O.S.H., "Lunchtime" (Bedrock)

The pioneering British funk and soul band Cymande hasn't toured the U.S. in 40 years, but its music has lived on through samples used by bands like De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan and The Fugees. For a recent episode of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, we were thrilled to get six of the original members back in the studio for this performance of "Bra."

Set List

The Head And The Heart recently stopped by KCRW to preview songs from its forthcoming album, Signs Of Light. The folk-rock collective has never sounded better. Its members worked on the song "All I Ever Knew" for years, and finally finished it in Nashville with the help of producer Jay Joyce. It's a great indication of what's to come from the new album, due out in September.

Set List

  • "All We Ever Knew"

New Zealand native Marlon Williams grew up listening to country music and singing in the church choir, both of which influenced his darkly beautiful songs. His cover of the traditional "When I Was A Young Girl" cast a hush over all of Los Angeles during his recent visit to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Set List

  • "When I Was A Young Girl"

Watch Marlon Williams' full set at KCRW.com.

The U.K. house duo Gorgon City has been steadily on the rise and building anticipation for its forthcoming album Kingdom. In this session, the pair premieres a new track called "Love Me," featuring the vocals of Lulu James.

Set List

  • "Love Me"

Watch Gorgon City's full Morning Becomes Eclectic session on KCRW.com.

Ben Bridwell and the Band Of Horses crew were in high spirits and feeling loose during a special recent acoustic session they played for KCRW. Smiles, hoots and hollers abounded as they rolled out new songs like this one, titled "Throw My Mess."

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  • "Throw My Mess"

Watch Band Of Horses' full Morning Becomes Eclectic performance at KCRW.com.

The Kills' Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince never fail to amaze with their live performances. The two play with musical tension in throbbing, riff-heavy rock songs — and this one, "Doing It To Death," is a perfect example.

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  • "Doing It To Death"

Watch The Kills' full Morning Becomes Eclectic set at KCRW.com.

Liverpool singer Lapsley is a rising star. The 19-year-old self-produced her debut album, and specializes in powerful, soulful vocals buoyed by minimalist electronica. KCRW's current favorite is the ballad "Love Is Blind."

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  • "Love Is Blind"

Watch Lapsley's full Morning Becomes Eclectic set at KCRW.com.

The three performers at the heart of Miike Snow all have successful side projects, so their third studio album took a few years to finish. The indie-pop band has just returned with some incredibly catchy new songs, including "Genghis Khan," inspired by singer Andrew Wyatt's romantic life.

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  • "Genghis Khan"

The pioneering electronic band Underworld just released one of the best albums in its 30-year career with this year's Barbara Barbara We Face A Shining Future. The group stopped by KCRW for a session before heading to the desert for Coachella, taking us on an emotional roller coaster that veered from elation to beautiful sadness — particularly in this track, "Low Burn."

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  • "Low Burn"

Experimental pop band Animal Collective recently recorded a rare radio session for us at the Village while in Los Angeles for two sold-out shows. Panda Bear, Avey Tare and Geologist — the multi-instrumentalists behind the band — brought us a collection of songs from their new album, Painting With, including "Golden Gal."

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  • "Golden Gal"

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