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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Sun Children” by Nickodemus from the 2009 album Sun People on Eighteenth Street Lounge.
Nickodemus has made the perfect summer album. Conceived as a tribute to the sunlovers of the word and as a way to “make the best of every situation,” Sun People is the DJ and producer’s second album, though he’s long been active in NYC scene. In fact, back in 1998, he started started the Turntables on the Hudson (TOTH) with his partner Mariano, and had hooked up with Giant Step five years before that. Over the years, he’s mixed World, funk, hip-hop, house, dub, jazz, and anything else you can think of while working with many of the best musicians and producers in the world. On Sun People, he works with Quantic, Brazilian singer Liliana Araujo, and Mandingo vocalist Ismael Kouyate, among others. “Sun Children” features NYC night club legends The Real Live Show (aka Stimulus and Malik Work), and no matter who you are or where you are, right from the opening jungle dancebeats, boogie brass rhythm, vocal interplay, you’ll be grooving to one of the most infectious songs you’ve ever heard. In the universal optimism of “Sun Children,” we are all indeed one tribe.
Nickodemus has a bunch of dates in New York, including several TOTH parties, and elsewhere on the East Coast. Check his website and MySpace page for dates. For now, here’s the new video for “Sun Children”: