Song of the Day: Ladytron – Black Cat

photo by Stephane Gallois

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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Black Cat by Ladytron from the forthcoming album Velocifero on Nettwerk.

Ladytron – Black Cat (MP3)

The release of album #4 from Liverpool’s foremost new wave dance-rockers is near at hand. Black Cat, our first glimpse, is as good or better than tracks that went on to become hits from Ladytron‘s previous records. Instead of getting right to the point, the track builds slowly as a consistent and simple melody roasts over a bed of fuzzy synths. Once Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo throw in their two cents on vocals, the mix is so delightfully moody and full that it’s hard to remember how you got there. Fans and non-fans alike can expect few better dance records in the near future. This is the group’s first record with Nettwerk, and they brought in some special outside help for production duties. Along with the band itself, Alessandro Cortini (NIN), and Ed Banger’s Vicarious Bliss co-produced. And since everyone’s looking for something extra to go with their album purchases these days, pre-ordering this one will get you a free single of Ghosts on 7″ vinyl. The band performs the Showbox at the Market on 5/24 with other dance heavyweights Datarock. For now, let’s go back to the Light & Magic era with this video for Evil:

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