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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Get You Some” (feat. Brit Laurén) by Captain Planet from the 2011 album Cookin’ Gumbo on Bastard Jazz.
It’s no wonder Charlie Bethel, a.k.a. Charlie B. Wilder, a.k.a. Chuck Wild, was a host for a while over at WNYU’s world music show, Passport Radio. His own music as Captain Planet has a similar globetrotting wanderlust but kicks it so much harder with its hip-hop beats and dancefloor vibes. His recently released debut LP has been a long time coming, as his previous, well received three EPs have spanned six years’ time. Cookin’ Gumbo delights in afro-latin rhythms, but from track to track it hops continents, from India to South America to Africa to island nations of Japan, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and even to the United States, as on the gumbo-stirring southern funk of “On Yer Feet.” You’d be hard pressed to find a funkier album overall! Guest vocalists include the Congo’s Fredy Massamba and, on today’s featured song, LA-based R&B singer Brit Laurén. Beneath her smooth vocals on “Get You Some” is quick moving bossa-nova joint, complete with Mardi Gras parade whistles and a bumpin’ brass section. The song’s now-or-never message (“Yesterday is dead and gone / tomorrow may not come / I can tell you want me, honey / Come and get you some”) perfectly complements the entire album’s feel-good, epicurean vibe. And it’s the perfect song to get the start of your weekdays moving (“I know it’s Monday but we made it like a weekend / It costs no money to dance until the dawn”).
If you’d like to check out more of Captain Planet’s multinational mixology, head over to his Facebook page and definitely check out mixtaperiot.com, where Chuck Wild regularly shares all kinds of music and mixtapes with his friends and fellow producers. And if you really want to know the secret ingredient of Captain Planet’s Cookin’ Gumbo, check this out: