photo by Hiromi Konishi
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
Tranqüilo (Super Stereo Sound System) by Kassin+2 from the 2008 album Futurismo on Luaka Bop.
A month and a half ago we introduced you to this magical world of +2s, offering you
Samba Machine, another classic cut from Futurismo, the third album of a trilogy. Check out that post here. As the weather heats up, you can easily fuel your next wine/dance party with this combo of samba, electro-pop and folk. But the genius of this trio doesn’t end here. In 2005, under the name Artificial, Kassin released an album entitled Free U.S.A.. Using a Game Boy, the album’s 8-bit sound collages may sound foreign to the casual Kassin listener, but they only help to illuminate the eclecticism of the artist. Perhaps more relevant to the present is the Orquestra Imperial, a collective that includes all three members of the +2 trio and is the only one currently touring. In a few days the group will play their native Rio de Janeiro before heading out on the festival circuit. Meanwhile, the following video shows the band performing
Tranqüilo live in Munich last year: