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 “Continue to Call” by Nino Moschella from the 2009 album Boomshadow available on Ubiquity Records.
Like a lot of gifted musicians, Nino Moschella was surrounded by music at an early age. He even describes his own family as “typical loud Sicilian folks” who were always singing. In fact, at the age of five, Moschella was already learning to keep time on drums for his father’s rhythm & blues band. Years later, he had set his course on being a traditional jazz drummer. Eventually expanding his skill set to include bass, guitar, strings, and piano, the Bay Area multi-instrumentalist now plays just about every instrument he can get his hands on in the new album. Influenced by soul, funk, and gospel, Moschella with his gritty vocals and distinct sound puts a new twist on some seriously classic genres. Today’s Song of the Day, “Continue to Call,” almost has an electronic/dance feel to it, but is definitely more strongly rooted in funk than anything else and fits right into the roster of Ubiquity Records, which since 1993 has always been a specialist when it comes to forward leaning funk and soul. Nino Moschella is no exception. Just his sophomore release on the label, Boomshadow, takes on amazing new heights, he still manages to pay tribute to his older funk predecessors.
In the past, Nino Moschella has performed at Bumbershoot and SXSW; however, there are currently no scheduled shows posted on his MySpace page. However, you can go there to listen to additional tracks or read more about him on his website.