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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."


  • "Naturally"

Photo by Dustin Downing/KCRW.

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

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)

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"

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

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 Presents: Beirut

Dec 24, 2015

A new romance and a move to Turkey inspired Beirut's Zach Condon to change his approach to recording the band's latest album. Instead of the meticulously layered songs of their previous releases, the band jammed in the studio until inspiration took hold. Those vibrant songs make up one of our favorite albums of the year, No No No. Watch Beirut perform the title track here.


  • "No No No"


Director: A.J. Wilhelm

Soul/funk/jazz collective Hiatus Kaiyote received a Grammy nomination for their debut and found big-name fans in Prince, Questlove, Erykah Badu and more.

LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This song contains explicit language.

Miguel is an L.A. native whose seductive mix of soul and boundary-pushing experimentation has cemented his status as a major young star. He gets personal on his latest album Wildheart — and in this session — which includes this song, "What's Normal Anyway."


  • "What's Normal Anyway"

Watch Miguel's full performance at