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 is “Animal” by Miike Snow from their album Animal available through Downtown Records.
It isn’t surprising to me that a band like Miike Snow is formed under the auspices of so many varied influences. Sporting a name influenced by renowned Japanese horror master Takashi Miike, featuring two producers best known for top-40 hits like Britney Spear’s “Toxic” and created under the wings of Downtown Records (home of artists like Art Brut and Mos Def), it’s easy to say that this trio of musicians has, well, a lot going on. And that’s readily apparent in the mish-mash of styles on display in a song like “Animal.” At least to this listener, when the first sound drops there’s a hint that this might be a hip-hop song — something in the shake and rattle of that opening synth, makes me think Lil’ Wayne might start staccato stuttering. Measures later, as the background is suddenly filled with a distinctly Euro sounding flutter of electronica, you might think you’re en route to a spiced-up dance track, but then the song turns with a melodic bit of electro-pop in the vein of Passion Pit, and you realize that no matter what these three gentlemen mix and mash, this is a catchy, downright enjoyable bit of music.
Unfortunately, Miike Snow had to cancel their Canadian dates this weekend because of visa issues, but they will carry on with their current tour, which includes a stop in Seattle at Neumos this Saturday, June 13. Check their MySpace page for more dates. For now, here’s a video for the Punks Jump Up Remix of their song “Animal”: