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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Film Burn” (featuring Anomie Belle) by Yppah from the 2012 album Eighty One on Ninja Tune.
He’s also a founding member of the turntablist group The Truth, Joe Corrales, Jr. spent his early teen years playing guitar and bass in rock bands, then later as a scratch DJ who mixed hip hop and house in clubs sets. In November of 2006, he released his debut under the name Yppah (pronounced “Yippah”). You Are Beautiful At All Times drew the shoegaze heritage of My Bloody Valentine as with hip hop and various forms of electronic music, psychedelic soul and rock to create a lush mix of beautiful and often times melancholic electronica, breakbeat drum samples layered within an atmospheric soundscape of massive reverb and delays, keyboards and synths, live drums, and other techniques.
Since the release of You Are Beautiful At All Times, Yppah has formed a live band consisting of himself, Caliban Goodbrain (Thomas Sutherland), Nicholas Noeding, Jr. and other rotating band members. Yppah now returns with the first single from his forthcoming third album, Eighty One. A beautiful, warm and almost nostalgic piece of music-making, “Film Burn” revolves around heartbeat kick, a music box chord sequence, bubbles of electric bass and the voice of Anomie Belle, a singer, producer and classically trained violinist based in Seattle. The pair met when Yppah was touring with Bonobo in 2010, hit it off and, when Belle heard the demos which would make up Eighty One, in the words of Yppah, “it was such a natural fit she ended up doing four tracks!” Beautiful, uplifting and imbued with a natural, unaffected warmth that cuts through the most biting cold, “Film Burn” is the perfect taster for Eighty One, Yppah’s most satisfying work yet.
Yppah and Anomie Belle were just in town a few weeks ago. If you missed them, you can still listen to their in-studio session, which includes today’s featured song, here. You can also connect with the Yppah on his Facebook and Bandcamp pages. For now, here’s the official video for “Film Burn”: