Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 “The Answer” by UNKLE from their 2010 release Where Did the Night Fall on Surrender All.
In the early 90’s, the London outfit UNKLE was known for breaking the ice on trip hop and breakbeat revivalism. Over the past decade plus, they’ve undergone many transformations and several roster changes, with James Levelle being the backbone of the project. After the days of mixing and sampling with artists like DJ Shadow and Tortoise, where UNKLE garnered a lot of attention, Levelle continued his focus on conceptual craftsmanship and beats-oriented tracks. The most recent line up includes collaborators from the past, Josh Homme, and new blood, Ian Astbury and Chris Goss.
“The Answer” is rife with rhythms and sweeping layers building upon one another. If there were a moment where you needed to pull up your bootstraps and go, this song would be playing. With the constant swellings of sonic candy and the chorus that in a near impossible to make out, “better days, with a headache, perfect weather.” Whatever it means, the sheer contentment in being the soundtrack to your beautiful day seems to work just fine.
UNKLE will not be touring near the fair city of Seattle any time soon, but you can check their website for future happenings, and other treats. Also, check out the video for today’s song directed by acclaimed film director John Hillcoat and a fantastic intro from Ray Winstone.