Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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. Finally, KEXP has been invited to broadcast live from Iceland, so this week we are featuring songs from bands performing during our first international broadcast from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival (more info here). Today’s featured song is “Kimba” from Icelandic band Retro Stefson from the 2011 album Kimbabwe on Universal/Sena.
Reykjavík, Iceland’s Retro Stefson are six young kids who started out as a project in middle school in 2006 by lead singer Unnstein Stefansson (their name is taken from the fact that three of the band’s members share the same last name). Born in Portugal to an Icelandic father and Angolan mother, Unnstein takes inspiration from world music to help provide the template for their trademark Retro sound. Retro Stefson is a pop band but not by any means a typical one. Retro Stefson’s music mixes cool bass lines and funky guitars and has been described as everything from surf, latin, jazz, afro and pop, and with band members from around the globe, it’s no wonder their influences are so diverse. They made their public debut at the 2006 Iceland Airwaves festival, then 14, 15 and 16 years old and have since become a regular fixture of the Icelandic music scene. Our featured song “Kimba” manages to mix Prince, Talking Heads, cowbells, and wicked guitar solos.
Retro Stefson will be playing during KEXP’s broadcast from the KEX Hostel in Reykjavík on Wednesday, October 12, at 1:30PM PST. Tune in! and they also have a cool website you can check out here and a number of different tracks you can peruse on Soundcloud. Here’s a performance they did for KEXP last year in Iceland at RUV Radio: