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02/19/2021 08:57 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Paper Planes (DFA Remix)
by M.I.A.
(12 plays) | (0 fans)

This is a collaboration between DFA label and M.I.A. for "Slumdog Millionaire," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009. Director Danny Boyle admired M.I.A. and hailed "Paper Planes" as one of the crucial songs in conveying the film's content. M.I.A. moved from her birth country of Sri Lanka and is now based in New York! http://www.miauk.com/
02/19/2021 08:53 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson

Polyrhythmics and Lucky Brown (Seattle artist Joel Ricci) are proud to re-release their 2016 summer anthem, "I BELIEVE IN LOVE" to support #blacklivesmatter, police reform and justice and equality for all people.: https://musicfestnews.com/2021/02/polyrhythmics-joel-ricci-reissue-i-believe-in-love/ -- Polyrhythmics played a full live performance for KEXP in 2017. Enjoy their set here: https://kexp.org/sessions/archive/polyrhythmics-live-on-kexp-recorded-september-6-2017/
02/19/2021 08:48 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
I Can't Live Without My Radio
by Ll Cool J
(16 plays) | (0 fans)

LL Cool J was a brash 17-year-old from Queens when he released "I Can't Live Without My Radio," a song about his beloved JVC boom box that he blasts throughout the neighborhood. This was the lead single from his debut full-length album "Radio," released in 1985. -- Look at the size of that boombox radio as LL Cool J rocks the crowd on "Soul Train": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdkamS5axHQ
02/19/2021 08:42 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Can You Feel It?
by Fat Boys
(2 plays) | (0 fans)

R.I.P., Prince Markie Dee. Mark Anthony Morales, known as Prince Markie Dee of early rap group the Fat Boys and a hit songwriter and producer for Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and others, has died at age 52.: https://bit.ly/3qDT50x --- Today would have been Morales' 53rd birthday (February 19th, 1968). Here's the NY Times obituary: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/19/arts/music/prince-markie-dee-fat-boys-dead.html
02/19/2021 08:34 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
I Just Want to Dance
by SAULT
(60 plays) | (0 fans)

"I get kind of mad (I get kind of mad)... Mad, mad, mad... We lost another life (Lost another life)... Life, life, life...": https://genius.com/Sault-i-just-want-to-dance-lyrics --- There's such a painful contrast between the celebratory rhythm and the question, "Why my people always die?"
02/19/2021 08:30 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Moody (Spaced Out)
by ESG
(38 plays) | (0 fans)

"Valerie, Renee, Deborah, and Marie Scroggins formed ESG with Tito Libran in the late nineteen-seventies. The name stands for “emerald, sapphire, and gold”: Valerie’s birthstone is emerald; Renee’s, sapphire; and gold was their goal. Almost immediately, the sisters hit upon an original style of live dance music that combined funk, hip-hop, punk, and Latin grooves; Renee, the group’s vocalist and the eldest sister, cites James Brown as their core influence.": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/05/esgs-otherworldly-sound
02/19/2021 08:26 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Scratchcard Lanyard
by Dry Cleaning
(58 plays) | (1 fan)

"A woman in aviators firing a bazooka..." -- "Scratchcard Lanyard" is one of the songs that London-based Dry Cleaning performed live in the KEXP studio last March, just before the pandemic shutdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLppqLxALfQ&t=502s
02/19/2021 08:21 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson

“'Never Stop (Discotheque)'is a great 1983 single by the group that can be viewed as something of their response to the unbridled UK popularity of New Order. The song opts for the unlikely combination cellos and synthesizers (to great effect!) before Will Sergeant‘s whammy-bar equipped guitar and singer Ian McCulloch‘s characteristically soaring vampire vocals enter the fray.": https://bit.ly/3qAWuxd
02/19/2021 08:16 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Smalltown Boy
by Orville Peck
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

This is a cover of Bronski Beat's song from their 1984 album, "The Age of Consent."
02/19/2021 08:06 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Black Hole Sun
by Brandi Carlile
(27 plays) | (0 fans)

Watch Brandi Carlile with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron (and Peter Frampton on guitar) as part of a Chris Cornell Tribute Concert in 2019: https://bit.ly/3oxAiCf
02/19/2021 08:02 AM
DJ: Troy Nelson
Cosmic Dancer
by Valerie June
(25 plays) | (1 fan)

Gawd I love Valerie June! She's so soulful and has such a beautiful voice. Thx to you all @KEXP for introducing her music to me. --Dave -- This is Valerie June's cover of T. Rex’s 1971 classic "Cosmic Dancer" from their album "Electric Warrior." She says, ""'Cosmic Dancer' to me is a reminder that we don’t have to waste energy saying 'shut the hell up' to any voice telling us that our light is not needed. We came to Earth to shine. We were called to radiate. There is one true belief: That we should spend our entire lives dancing in the light."
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