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 “S’vive” by Bibio from his new album Ambivalence Avenue on Warp Records.
Bibio, as it is with many IDM artists, is the moniker of just one man with a lot of samples.Stephen Wilkinson is that man and his samples range from found sounds to guitar loops to vocal selections and all of them cut up and modified to fit the mold of what he’s built in his head as a song. His new LP, Ambivalence Avenue, is testament to all of this. It opens with what sounds like a recording of a musical jewelry box looped over quick, acoustic string plucks and a hi-hat shuffle that doesn’t last on its own for too long before a deep bass groove comes along with some extremely cut-up and re-imagined vocals that can barely retain their human element. After that, it’s all fair game. Sounds and vocal samples come and go while the jewelry box melody remains constant and the bass continues to cut itself into endless divisions. By the end of the affair, you’re left washed over in found sound as Wilkinson leads you out of the song in a far more gentle manner than he brought you in.
Bibio has a slew of European DJ sets lined up starting in October. He’ll be showcasing his talents in France, Ireland, and Holland beginning on the 9th at Magic Mirror in Nancy Lorraine. You can follow him on his MySpace page, where you can also watch him play for his cat: