photo by Damian Rafferty
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
Danger Global Warming by DJ Dolores from the 2008 album 1 Real on Crammed Discs.
Hailing from Northeastern Brazil, DJ Dolores, aka Helder Aragào, adds rock, dub and regional sounds to fist-pumping electro. Aragào was born in raised in Recife, home to a melting pot of electronic artists beginning in the early ’90s. That the young DJ was making the rounds in the local club circuit in the late ’80s says a lot for his musical ingenuity. At the same time, he prides himself on bringing the region’s traditional sounds to the populace, particularly those of lower socioeconomic status. Aragào’s most recent album, 1 Real, is a reference both to life in urban Recife and to the album’s affordability, as the Real is Brazil’s currency. Along the path to success, he has performed remixes for Gilberto Gil, Taraf de Haîdouks and others — as well as contributed works to film and theatre productions — all while plotting the recent launch of his new fashion label. Sheesh! Though no tour dates appear on the horizon, you can still pick up a copy of the album and have another part of your summer soundtrack taken care of. Here, DJ Dolores performs with his band a few months back: