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 tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. During this special podcast week, we are featuring songs by bands performing during the 2011 Decibel Festival. Today’s selection is “Céu Ritmo” by Ill Cosby, a KEXP exclusive track via Car Crash Set.
Ill Cosby is a Seattle-based DJ/producer and head of the digital-only Car Crash Set label, founded in 2008. Through Car Crash, Cosby has put out over 20 releases that focus on cutting-edge bass sounds. Cosby’s sonic pioneering includes tracks that wield elements of dubstep, Latin house, hip-hop, future garage, and UK Funky like bludgeons to the hips; forcible calls to dance. But despite swirling together all these disparate genres, Cosby still knows when to hold back, and this nod to minimalism isn’t just evident in his music. His personality, DJ or otherwise, is very quiet and studious, a far cry from the spectacle-making self-flagellation of his contemporaries. Today’s song of the day, “Céu Ritmo,” is an exercise in such minimalism, wherein a plodding bass line is colored by a wide range of percussive elements until a lone vocal sample sporadically floats back and forth.
Ill Cosby plays the 2011 Decibel Festival this Saturday, October 1, at Volunteer Park for the Decibel in the Park Showcase with Eprom, Salvav, Comma, and others. Last week, Ill Cosby stopped KEXP to preview some music in this exclusive set. Listen now .
You can find out more about Ill Cosby on his website and check out the video for “Lo Oyen” here: