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 “Color In Between the Lines” (featuring Jeremy Ellis) by Greyboy from the 2008 album 15 Years of West Coast Cool via Ubiquity Records.
We’re just gonna come out and say it: who knew a white boy could have a bit of soul? We’re not talking soul in racial terms, but musical terms. DJ Greyboy has had his hands in a variety of genres over the years, but nothing has matched the supersonic soul of “Color In Between the Lines.” It has a heart and a groove no one can fake, no matter how gifted they may appear to be.
What’s truly outstanding is Greyboy doesn’t need a gimmick to sell you. There is no mullet, no Mohawk, no vodka, or clothing line. He’s selling the music, and with the help of vocalist Jeremy Ellis, “Color In Between the Lines” is quick to fly off shelves if one just takes a sample. Combining the old world cool of lounge and funk with post-modern beats and slight-of-hand electronics, DJ Greyboy is able to produce a track both hip in approach and fun in execution; the soundtrack needed to put on your most stylish suit and party the night away on the dancefloor. You needn’t spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to have a good time in the world of DJ Greyboy -- just add your own flair and he’ll provide the background music to your own party, wherever it may be.
Due to a lack of updates via his MySpace page, knowing DJ Greyboy’s touring schedule is difficult. As it happens, Greyboy’s Ubiquity profile informs us that the DJ spins the first and third Mondays of every month at The Pike in Long Beach, so if you happen to be vacationing, working, or visiting friends and family you’ll now have something to do. To quench your thirst for some Greyboy until that fateful trip, may we suggest checking out the rehearsal video of “All in a Day” featuring the talents of Jud Nester.