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Here we are at the midway point of 2012, and one of the things that really stood out to me during this show was all the exceptional releases coming from LA artist that I’ve been digging on the Melting Pot radio show. Adrian Younge, Chicano Batman, King, Anthony Valadez, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Aloe Blacc and Spain all are based from here in LA, and a number of the other artists spend quite a lot of time here as well. We might be looking at a bit of a renaissance for LA music right now, we’ll see how things hold at the year’s end. In addition to all the LA love, we have great releases from Ana Tijoux, Mount Eerie, Quantic & Alice Russell, Ceu as well as choice reissues covering Wendy Rene’s deep soul, The Lumpen’s revolutionary funk, Donnie & Joe Emerson’s cult classic (all three brought to us by Light In The Attic), funky tunes from Africa from Rob and The Funkees and so much more. Enjoy the show and let me know your favorite releases so far for 2012 on our facebook page!

Melting Pot on KPFK #89: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #89: Second Hour

Melting Pot’s Best So Far of 2012:

{opening theme} Booker T & the Mgs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Adrian Younge & Venice Dawn – Two Hearts Combine – Something About April (Wax Poetics)
Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro – Here Again – Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts)
The One & Nines – Make It Easy – 7” (Cotter)
The Funkees – Dancing Time – Dancing Time: The Best Of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-1977 (Soundway)
The Quakers feat. Aloe Blacc – Sign Language – Quakers (Stones Throw)
Jungle Fire – Comencemos (Let’s Start) – 7” (Colemine)

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Thee Satisfaction – QueenS – AwE NaturalE (Sub Pop)
T. Dyson – It’s All Over – Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 (Chocolate Industries)
Robert Glasper Experiment feat. King – Move Love – Black Radio (Blue Note)
Allo Darlin’ – My Sweet Friend – Europe (Slumberland)
Sonnymoon – Every Summer Night – Sonnymoon (Plug Research)
Chicano Batman – La Tigresa – Joven Navegante (Self-released)

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Spain – The Only One – The Soul Of Spain (Diamond Soul)
Michael Kiwanuka – Rest – Home Again (Interscope)
Curumin – Paris Vila Matilde – Arrocha (Six Degrees)
Emily King – Radio – The Seven EP (Self-released)
Anthony Valadez feat. Mar & the Park – Under Water – Just Visiting (Plug Research)
Thom Janusz – Crystals – Ronn Forella…Moves! (Ubiquity)

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Mount Eerie – Distorted Cymbals – 7” (K Records)
Gonjasufi – Rubberband – Muzzle EP (Warp)
Pierre Raph – Gilda & Gunshots – The B Music of Jean Rollin (Finders Keepers)
The Sureshot Symphony Solution feat. The Mighty Pope – Mr. Fortune & Fame – A Good Look EP (Self-released)
Rob – Make It Fast, Make It Slow – Make It Fast, Make It Slow (Soundway)
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Give Me The Chance – Dreamin’ Wild (Light In The Attic)
The Soul Investigators – Creepin’ Pt. 2 – 7” (Timmion)

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Willie West & the High Society Bros. – She’s So Wise – 7” (Timmion)
The Spectrals – Luck Is There To Be Pushed – Bad Penny (Slumberland)
Wendy Rene – Crying All By Myself – After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax/Volt Singles & Rarities 1964-1965 (Light In The Attic)
Ruby Fray – Let’s Grow Older – Pith (K Records)
Ceu – Chegar Em Mim – Caravana Seriea Bloom (Six Degrees)
J.J. Barnes – You Owe It To Yourself – Best of Perception & Today Records (BBE)

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The Lumpen – Free Bobby Now – Listen Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974 (Light In The Attic)
Dr. John – Revolution – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Kali Yuga – Seeds (SomeOthaShip)
Adrian Quesada & Adrian Younge – The Last Word – Adrian vs. Adrian 12” (Ubiquity)
Ana Tijoux – Shock – La Bala (Nacional)

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{closing theme} The Dirty Three – Rising Below – Toward The Low Sun (Drag City)

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