Song of the Day: Orgone – Sophisticated Honky


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 Sophisticated Honky by Orgone from the 2007 album The Killion Floor on Ubiquity.

Orgone – Sophisticated Honky (MP3)

This L.A.-based nine piece, formed in 2001, has made a reputable name for itself on the live circuit backing the Pharcyde, Breakestra, Eddie Bo, Little Brother and others. Beyond their breakout cover of Funky Nassau, The Killion Floor marks the group’s recorded debut and is a welcome addition to the new blend of retro-soul and funk that’s cropped up over the last couple years. In a nutshell, they provide a jazzy, funky, horn-laden disco party not soon to be forgotten. Fanny Franklin’s soulful voice is sure to draw comparisons to KEXP favorite Sharon Jones, and fans of the Dap-Kings stuff should do everything short of trampling one another to get their hands on this Orgone disc. Everyone should check out the band’s informative MySpace for great live footage. Here’s a sample performance from the group’s recent record-release show at Santa Monica’s Temple Bar:

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