photo by Lady of Jazz
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Thou Shalt Always Kill by Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip from the 2007 single on Lex Records.
Originally hailing from Essex, this duo now fits in much better with the more outspoken London scene.
Thou Shalt Always Kill was making plenty of noise before it hit digital stores in April, and the strength of it has sent Scroobius Pip (MC) and Dan Le Sac (Producer) to nearly every major European festival this year. Through this Electronica/Hip-Hop/Spoken Word hybrid, Scroobius Pip leads a poetic assault on war, pop culture, and Rock music, all with a tongue-in-cheek delivery that contradicts itself at every turn. Coke, Nestle, NME, and a slew of others get the
Thou Shalt Not treatment. Pip says at one point
Radiohead. Just a band, while the duo has since gone on to sample Radiohead on a more recent single. The song title equates killing something with leaving it astonished or in awe. In the end, the message is that thou shalt think for yourself, and I’m thinking I’m ready for more. While these guys are on a seriously long European tour right now with no U.S. dates in sight, you owe it to yourself to check their MySpace page for future happenings.
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip have a new single out next week,
The Beat That My Heart Skipped, which has appeared on the KEXP Blog before, but the song everyone keeps asking about is “Letter From God to Man,” which features that heavy sample (more of a mashup, really) of Radiohead’s “Planet Telex.” For now, the only place you can find this song is in this video (and on KEXP, of course):