Song of the Day: Django Django - Hail Bop

photo by Lauren Slusher

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. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Hail Bop” by Django Django from the 2012 self-titled album on Ribbon Music.

Django Django - Hail Bop (MP3)

Formed by a quartet of art school classmates in 2009, Edinburgh’s Django Django specialize in cerebrally constructed art pop that fuses vintage electronic tones with layered vocals and African rhythms. (Imagine Hot Chip on a bad acid trip in the desert and you’re getting closer to Django Django.) Like their fellow 2012 Mercury nominees Alt-J, Django Django’s music is difficult to classify but particularly easy to immerse yourself in. Immediately following (and well paired with) “Introduction”, their debut album’s introductory track, “Hail Bop” is an accessible and colorful entry point to Django Django’s multi-faceted musical universe. As the band chants “Always look at the white sky and you lose your head in the clouds/Wanna step onto them and float onto their ground” across their synth-driven textural landscape, it’s difficult not to imagine where this band could (or rather, where they couldn’t) go next.

Django Django are currently in the midst of a European tour before they start the new year with a string of dates in Australia. If they announce any future North American dates, you’ll hear about them if you keep a tab on their website and Facebook. For now, watch the Daniel Swan-directed video for “Hail Bop”, in which the band hang out in a surreal, M.C. Escher-like world:

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