Song of the Day: Sims – Burn It Down

This week we’re doing something a little different for our podcast subscription. We’re teaming up with 89.3 The Current, in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, to swap songs. Like KEXP, The Current is a strong supporter of independent music and their local music scene. Also like Seattle, the Twin Cities has always had a strong vibrant local music community. We thought it would be fun to share some of the best new music being created in each city as part of their Local Music Exchange series. Tune in to KEXP at 4:30pm PST each afternoon this week to hear Kevin Cole exchange songs with the Current’s Mark Wheat. We’ll find there’s more to Minnesota music than Prince, Husker Du, and the Replacements. Today’s featured song is “Burn It Down” by Sims from their album Bad Time Zoo available on Doomtree Records.

Sims – Burn It Down (MP3)

Today we wrap up our Music Exchange with the Twin Cities’ The Current with hip hop artist Sims, one of the daring and emerging artists featured on the Doomtree Records roster. Like Seattle, Minneapolis is more well known for its rock roots, but also has a thriving hip hop scene fostered by the nationally renown record labels of Rhymesayers (Grieves & Budo, Brother Ali, Jake One, MF Doom) and Doomtree Records. As labels go, Rhymesayers is more established having gotten its start in the mid-nineties but they both share a penchance for supporting underground artists and Doomtree’s star power is rising thanks to artists like Sims, Dessa, and Lazerbeak.

Today’s song “Burn It Down” is as powerful as the title implies and is dotted with horn samples that both raise the intensity and make the tune a tasty club-ready nugget. Not that it should be taken lightly however, Sims typically writes heavy, socially conscious lyrics over labelmate Lazerbeaks, urgent and expansive production and today’s song is no exception. Sims as the urban prophet is calling for destruction so that renewals can begin anew.

let’s get it going
less emotion more emulsion
burn it down
let’s get it going
less emotion more emulsion
burn it down
let’s get it going
less emotion more emulsion
burn it black
down to the ash, start from the scratch
build it all back

Folks in the Twin Cities area can catch a free show with Sims at the Summer Music Festival at Northrop on July 15th. If you’re on the western side of the continental divide, you’ll have to settle for a digital experience for now. You can check out more of his music on his Myspace page.

Here’s a video for “Burn It Down” directed by Isaac Gale & Dave Jensen:

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