Song of the Day: Cascadia ’10 – Pharaohs of Elysium

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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Pharaohs of Elysium” by Cascadia ’10 from their 2011 self-released Live EP.

Cascadia ’10 – Pharaohs of Elysium (MP3)

Crazy as it sounds, Cascadia ’10 is old school original Afrobeat from the Pacific Northwest. Resonating sounds from Nigeria to the Emerald City, this small army of experienced musicians bring hypnoticly funky music to the hips and feet. The members of C’10 also perform in other groups such as Marmalade, Soul Senate, & Fascination Nation; and have performed in groups such as Swamp Mama Johnson, Altered States of Funk, and Sly Lothario. C’10 has gained much respect outside of Seattle and have opened for for international acts such as Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars and Garaj Mahal. The music of Cascadia ’10’s music consists mostly of original pieces, but the songs inherit from the rich legacy of Fela Kuti, Femi & Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, and the wellspring of music from Nigeria and throughout western Africa.

Cascadia ’10’s Live EP is collects live recordings from KEXP’s own Sonarchy session with them from Jack Straw Studios and from KBCS’s “Music of Africa” show. You can grab the whole thing from their Facebook and Bandcamp pages. If you want to catch them live yourself, they’ll be at the Seamonster Lounge on March 10th. For now, here’s a clip of them performing live at The Comet:

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