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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Run” by Dark Time Sunshine from their full-length debut album, Vessel, on Fake Four.
Fans of Northwest hip-hop have long been familiar with one half of the duo Dark Time Sunshine: Onry Ozzborn has performed over the years with premier groups like Oldominion and Grayskul. Chicago-based producer Zavala joins his alter ego in this project, Cape Cowen, for an album that is a little more dark than sunshine.
Zavala started his career in Seattle and had previously produced wiht Ozzborn and Grayskul. Known here as his alter ego Cape Cowen, Ozzborn spent the last five years not only working with other hip-hop emcees in Olddominion and Grayskul, but has also contributed to other undergound projects around the country, including Aesop Rock and Atmosphere. The duo recently signed with Fake Four Inc., a small family music company based in New Haven, CT, and released last month their debut album, Vessel, which features collaborations with underground musicians like Ninjaface and Champagne Champagne.
After the synthesizer melody begins today’s song of the day, “Run”, the drums break suddenly into prominent beats that hold an intended serenity, the backdrop to Ozzborn’s reflective rhymes, that often seem like off the cuff, but clever, non sequiturs but actually meld around the theme that there’s more to our existance than just trying to provide -- as he says “we are the soundtrack to heaven, space, and mankind.”
Dark Time Sunshine is performing in Seattle this Thursday, May 20, at El Corazon. From here, they take off for a two-month tour through the Midwest and back. Visit their MySpace page for dates. For now, check out their official video for songs “The Sleestack Payback” and “All Aboard,” both from Vessel: