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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Wild & You” by My bubba & Mi from the 2011 EP Wild & You on Kimi Records.
Without already knowing, you’d never guess on first or any listen of today’s featured song that My bubba & Mi hail from the north… the far north. Based in Copenhagen, where they first met, My bubba & Mi are two young women — My, from Sweden, and Bubba, from Iceland — who play delightful acoustic music together and occasionally with other friends. As you can hear, they sound more akin to the Mississippi Delta than the Nordic fjords, but they do also blend in a bit of their own culture, as with the Nordic table harp that Bubba often plays. Perhaps the most charming thing about them, though, is that their rustic and winsome ways belie a modern sensibility and often a sultry suggestiveness. In fact, when we first met and recorded them at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival, they began their live set with a twangy cover of Peaches’ “Fuck the Pain Away.” Today’s featured song is a comparatively earnest if enthusiastic love song. “I’m so wild about you baby,” Bubba sings, “half would be enough / I’m so wild about you honey / makes being without you awful tough”. My, meanwhile, tears it up on the slide. It’s songs like this, seemingly simple but always with some kind of slight twist, that should put My bubba and Mi in your heavy rotation.
The girls are currently home in Copenhagen and don’t have any shows coming up. But you should definitely head over to their Facebook page and website, where you can read more about them, listen to more music and even buy them a drink. You can watch the full performance of their exclusive KEXP session in Iceland here, but we thought you also might like this equally endearing, and slightly twisted, animated video for “Wild & You”: