Jason Bentley

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.


  • "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.


  • "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."


  • "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.


  • "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."


  • "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.


  • "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."


  • "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."


  • "Golden Gal"

The song "Shine" sounds like classic Ben Harper, and there's a good reason why: The Innocent Criminals. The group started out as Harper's backing band in 1993 and reunited, after an eight-year break, to record his latest album, Call It What It Is. Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals' live performance in our studio demonstrates how dynamic the band's presence remains.


  • "Shine"

Soul singer Mayer Hawthorne knows how to put on a show. He hits many high notes — literally and figuratively — on his new record Man About Town. Here's "Fancy Clothes."


  • "Fancy Clothes"

Watch Mayer Hawthorne's full Morning Becomes Electric performance on KCRW.com.

SoCal native Anderson .Paak was one of the most buzzed-about artists at this year's SXSW music festival, and he keeps proving why with incredible live performances — like this one, in which he plays "Am I Wrong," one of KCRW's favorite tracks of the year so far. Expect even bigger things now that the singer, rapper and drummer has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.


  • "Am I Wrong"

Iggy Pop recently teamed up with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme to reignite some of Pop's Berlin-era swagger for his new album, Post Pop Depression. For this special KCRW live session, the iconic punk rocker was in fine form, backed by an all-star band. Watch them perform "Sunday" here.


  • "Sunday"

Robert DeLong started out playing in L.A. punk bands, but the singer, drummer, producer and remixer found success when he set out on his own as a one-man band. He recently brought his incredible set-up to KCRW's studio. Watch his wizardry in this medley of "Long Way Down" and "Global Concepts."


  • "Long Way Down/Global Concepts"

Watch Robert DeLong's full Morning Becomes Electric session at KCRW.com.

L.A.'s Pete Yorn is a longtime KCRW favorite. He's been keeping busy with side projects and family life, and just finally returned with Arranging Time, his first solo album in six years. He went back to the recording techniques — and the producer — he used on his bestselling debut (2001's musicforthemorningafter), and the results are fantastic.

Set List

  • "Summer Was A Day"

Eliot Sumner marries haunting, androgynous low-register vocals with upbeat electro-pop in "Information." We hosted Sumner — who happens to be the child of British rock musician Sting — in the studio at KCRW in advance of the singer's SXSW debut this week.


  • "Information"

M. Ward's eighth solo album is one of his best: He challenged himself in new ways while recording More Rain, and joined KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to share its songs live — including this one, "Confession."


  • "Confession"

Watch M. Ward's full performance at KCRW.com.

Jamie Woon took four years to release Making Time, the follow-up to his debut album, and it was worth the wait. He recently performed a stunning, soulful set with a phenomenal backing band to make his U.S. live radio debut on KCRW. "Sharpness" is a sexy standout from Making Time.

Set List

  • "Sharpness"

Watch Jamie Woon's full performance on KCRW.com.

A few years back, two high-school friends from Vancouver met up in New York and combined their musical talents to form a poppy electronic duo under the moniker Bob Moses. Their star is rising fast, and KCRW was thrilled to host their U.S. live radio debut. "Tearing Me Up" sounds to us like an unmistakable hit.

Set List

  • "Tearing Me Up"

Watch Bob Moses' full performance at KCRW.com.