Anthony Valadez – Just Visiting

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Anthony Valadez grew up in the bustling cultural hub of the San Fernando Valley, right outside of Los Angeles. By junior high, young Anthony was tuning into KCRW where he was particularly drawn to a show where Michael Mixxin Moor was combining political speeches by the like of Malcolm X with acid jazz instrumentals. By the mid-2000’s Anthony was becoming a staple of the musical scene in Los Angeles with regular gigs at the Temple Bar and an eclectic radio show at California State University Northridge where his guests were up and coming stars like Sa-Ra, Blu, Exile and Aloe Blacc.

When he was living in an apartment complex with Flying Lotus as his neighbor, an organic collaborative environment led to the budding young Brainfeeder-to-be to give a bit of insight into what turned out to be Anthony Valadez’ first release, “Go!” a 7” released by Recordbreakin’ in 2006. Always ambitious, Anthony was not satisfied with just looping and triggering sounds. Eventually, he sought to collaborate with real musicians and produce in the fullest sense of the word. This was the genesis of Just Visiting, his debut album on Plug Research. Over the course of the past three years, Anthony has collaborated with musicians, from other continents, other cities and other area codes of Los Angeles, to create an album that is as diverse as any of his radio shows. Sometimes musicians would come over to his apartment after gigs, record and crash on his couch. Other times he’d be getting Pro Tools files sent over from Amsterdam that he would then arrange and chop-up on his MPC. “I feel like each song is different but the common denominator is that it has soul,” explains Anthony. “I feel like this is a soul record in so many different directions, from soul jazz to weirdo soul.”

For more info and buy check: www.plugresearch.com/valadez

Tracklist

01. Asleep (feat. Anna Wise)
02. Sunny Spot
03. Under Water (feat. Mar)
04. Begins (feat. Miles Bonny)
05. Looking Backwards (feat. Joya Mooi)
06. Walking Away (feat. Damon Aaron)
07. Yolden Gears (feat. Rebekah Raff)
08. Now What (feat. Genevieve Artadi)
09. Beat
10. Precious (feat. Def Sound)
11. Waves (feat. Anna Wise & Nick Rosen)

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