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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “The 911 Curry” by Cornershop featuring Bubbley Kaur, from the 2011 album Cornershop & Double ‘O’ Groove Of... on Ample Play Records (out today!).
Cornershop have been rocking since 1991, but they haven’t lost any of their luster. Formed by Tjinder and Avtar Singh, David Chambers, and Ben Ayres, Cornershop fusion Indian music, Britpop, and electronic dance music into a cohesive, unique sound. Throughout the years, the band’s seen numerous lineup changes, but the one constant has been near-unanimous acclaim. Their eighth studio album, Cornershop & Double ‘O’ Groove Of... is no different. Praise has been lavished on its joyous mood and the main attraction, previously-unrecorded Punjabi singer Bubbley Kaur. The album has reportedly been six years in the making, and the effort shows, as Cornershop seamlessly blends Western rock styles with India’s Bhangra and dance movements in forty inspirational, diverse minutes.
Today’s track, “The 911 Curry,” is a particularly groovy mash-up of dancehall electronics, stabbing funk brass, and Bollywood tablas, all underneath Bubbley Kaur’s astonishing vocal talent. It’s criminal that such a voice has just now seen the light of recorded day, but with the release of Cornershop & Double ‘O’ Groove Of... maybe we haven’t seen the last of her.