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 “Jericho” by Jamaica from from their 2011 album No Problem on Cooperative USA/Downtown Music .
A slew of talented French bands have garnered a lot more attention since Daft Punk took electronic music by storm and Phoenix and The Teenagers surged over to the indie-electro-pop scene in the U.S. Now, Jamaica is joining in on the fun, and their street cred is not only supported by their contemporaries but is heightened by the fact that Daft Punk’s Peter J. Franco and Justice‘s Xavier de Rosnay produced their debut, No Problem (out next Tuesday!).
Jamaica are Antoine Hilaire & Flo Lyonnet, a Parisian duo formerly known as Poney Poney, who unlike their producers, trade in electronic dance grooves for the crunchy guitar riffs and 80’s throwback melodies. Today’s featured song, “Jericho,” is a great example of their sound. Don’t be fooled by its delicate intro; the song soon kicks in with punch and finesse, recalling of all things, Rick Springfield performing “Sweet Jane.” The futuristic production meshes in a heavenly way with the happy-go-lucky hooks and vocals that summon the singles that came out of the mid-nineties and harkens back decades before. Chock full of glimmering notes and a slick production, No Problem is high-energy fun and will make you dance just has hard as any Ed Banger production.
Jamaica is performing tomorrow night in Lausanne, Switzerland, and then a few times in France before heading over to U.S. for a handful of shows. No stops are currently scheduled for Seattle, but check their website, MySpace and Facebook pages for updates. For now, this video, for their first single, “I Think I Like U 2,” chronicles the potential rise and fall of these soon-to-be legends: