DJ End-of-Year Picks

Check out our DJs' recommendations
for great music gifts this year!

Anderson.Paak: Malibu (Aftermath Records)
2016 will go down as 'The Year of Suck', but hopefully, you turned up the "X" and noticed the music coming out in 2016 was pretty damn awesome. I focused a lot on new music during the 2 hours I have each week. No artist stood out more this year than Anderson.Paak. Waaaaaay back in January he released his debut, "Malibu", on Dr. Dre's label, Aftermath Records. The album was much-hyped since the last artist Dre signed was Kendrick Lamar, and well, we all know how that turned out. "Malibu" delivered, and then some. I found myself playing that record front-to-back for months. I have probably played "Malibu" on-air more than any other record so far. Paak waited until he was the big 3-0 to release his debut, which is unheard of in this musical climate. "Malibu" exudes that patient pace and rhythm that comes from focus and experience. BTW, if you haven't seen him perform with his excellent band, The Free Nationals, stop reading this and go to whatever city they're performing in. I first heard "Come Down" during a DJ set by ?uestlove in late-2015 and it was one of those moments where my eyebrows balled up and my face twisted in a knot. In the best way possible. Once the full record came out I immediately threw on my headphones and went in. Tracks like "The Season/Carry Me", "Am I Wrong?", and "Light Weight" stand out like potatoes & carrots in a soup from Mom's kitchen. The record blends funk & soul with a splash of hip-hop & R&B. Reminiscent of a Marvin Gaye or Stevie record from back in the day. Food for the soul. <3

--dj jason p, "Melted Clock Radio," Fridays 11 p.m.- 1 a.m.

The Frowning Clouds: Whereabouts (Saturno Records, 2013)
Ummm... I've played songs by The Frowning Clouds a lot this year. Honestly, there's nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary about what they're doing, but if you're searching for a new lo-fi/garage/surf/psych/pop album to get into, look no further than Whereabouts. This Australian band wears its influences on its sleeve (see track 2, "Shoe Suede Blues") and they wear them well. There isn't a stinker on the whole album and I keep returning to it again and again. If you're still reading this and have 43 WXNA-free minutes, do yourself a favor and give this a listen. 

Songs you've heard on Nashville Mixtapes:
Into The Ground
Mayan Calendar Girl
All Angles
All Night Long (b-side)
Do Like Me (From Listen Closelier, 2010)

--dj brandon, "Nashville Mixtapes," saturdayS 9-11 A.M.

10 Guilty Treasures of 2016 for Santa

1. Craig David: Ain't Giving Up
2. Thundercat: Bus In These Streets
3. Gallant: Crash
4. Niki & The Dove: So Much It Hurts
5. De La Soul: Greyhounds
6. The 1975: UGH!
7. Blood Orange: Best To You
8. Miike Snow: Genghis Khan
9. Empire Of The Sun: There's No Need
10. Usher: Crash

--BRANDON lee Harris, "Guilty Treasures," SATURDAYS 10-11 P.M.