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. Every Friday, we present a song by a Northwestern artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is “The Birthday Song” by Seattle’s Fly Moon Royalty from the 2012 EP Dimensions on Sportn’ Life Records.
Formed in the winter of 2010, Fly Moon Royalty’s create electronically-tinged soul music that’s just as influenced by classic R&B as it is by the late ’90s/early 2000s neo-soul revival. Comprised of the duo of singer Adra Boo and producer Action Jackson, their chemistry emits a natural cool that is usually only achieved by artists who have been playing much longer than these two.
“I hate to be cliche but if I don’t talk to you/I’m not completely sure just what I would do”, sings Adra Boo on an all-too-honest lyric from “The Birthday Song”. Brimming with vibrant tambourine, twinkling piano, and a laid-back beat courtesy of Action Jackson, “The Birthday Song” is a chilled-out tribute to ’60s R&B singles. Adra Boo’s simple but relatable lyrics flow perfectly with the song’s sunny vibe, and the result is a efficiently structured R&B jam that wouldn’t sound out of place on the A-Side of a Motown 7″ or blaring out of your windows on a hot summer day.
Fly Moon Royalty’s next show is at the Mural Amphitheater this Saturday as part of “The Next Fifty Plays The First Fifty“, a show where up-and-coming Northwestern artists play original material alongside covers of seminal local acts. They’ll also be playing at the first installment of the 2012 Concerts at the Mural on August 3rd. If you want to hear about any future shows from the duo, keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Get another taste of Fly Moon Royalty by watching video of the band playing “In The Woods” live at KEXP last year.