photo from MySpace
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. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
My Computer Is Funk by DJ Bitman from the 2007 album Latin Bitman on Nacional.
DJ Bitman, aka Jose Antonio Bravo, is not new on the international music scene though the Chilean-born artist’s moniker is. Latin Bitman is Bravo’s second album to hit the states and his debut as DJ Bitman. His previous records were released under Bitman and Roban, concept albums focused on sampling or “roban” other artist’s music. Whether for artistic or legal reasons, Latin Bitman exchanges much of the sampling found on previous albums for live instrumentation and original beats. Some things that haven’t changed are Bitman’s grasp of genre-mashing, particularly that of hip-hop, funk and electro, but the man uses jazz and reggae rhythms with just as much ease. And, as usual, the artist does all of his own producing, mixing and recording. Unfortunately, fans wanting to see Bitman in action will have to travel to Chile, at least for the foreseeable future. Check out his MySpace page for the full listing after watching this live performance of
Tropilove, shot in Santiago, Chile, back in April: