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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “I Don’t Love You No More” by Kings Go Forth from their full-length debut album, The Outsiders Are Back, on Luaka Bop.
Start the week dancing to the dynamic, catchy rhythms of Milwaukee band Kings Go Forth, who revitalize 70′s soul with a modernized version of blues, R&B, gospel and funk that is as much the sound as the lifestyle of the era. Kings Go Forth was founded in 2007 by bassist and record store owner Andy Noble, who met vocalist Black Wolf, a figure in the Milwaukee soul scene for the past few decades, in his store, and the two became friends. Together they decided to bring back the music they loved and gathered a nine piece group. After putting out a few singles, they quickly drew the attention of aficionados like DJ Shadow and legendary producer Tom Moulton, the originator of the remix, the breakdown section, and the 12-inch single vinyl format, who called them to remix one of their songs. David Byrne’s label, Luaka Bop, signed them for their debut album The Outsiders Are Back.
“I Don’t Love You No More” is a particularly energetic soul groove with a funky dance beat. As Black Wolf calls out, a chorus of voices spin around him nearly out of control until the title chorus ties it all together. The jaggedly of high and low tone voices between Danny Fernandez, Matt Norberg and Black Wolf coordinate perfectly with the jamming bass, guitar, percussion and brass -- all to turn a heartache into an exhilarating emotion.
Besides a few shows in their area and an appearance at the Ottawa Blues Festival this summer, Kings Go Forth aren’t leaving the Midwest for a bit. Hopefully, the growing popularity of their new album will bring them out West soon. You can find more about this talented group by visiting their MySpace page. And while there aren’t any official videos from the album yet, you can enjoy this unofficial video for “One Day”: