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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “Take Off Your Shirt” by Bibio from the 2011 album Mind Bokeh on Warp.
Bibio (a.k.a. Stephen Wilkinson) is an English producer known mostly for his experimental and innovative music. Mind Bokeh, Bibio’s sixth studio album, is described by Wilkinson himself as “a balance of the familiar and non familiar,” and that’s a pretty fair comparison. While it’s certainly an interesting change in tone from his previous folk-inspired album, Ambivalence Avenue, it’s also refreshing that Bibio is willing to experiment with new things. The result is a wonderfully catchy album worthy of a listen. Our featured track is a guitar-heavy Thin Lizzy-esque electronic riff; heavily influenced by Daft Punk and classic 70’s rock.
You can find out more about Bibio on his label’s website or connect with the band on Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy this video for the single “Excuses” taken from their latest album Mind Bokeh: