Song of the Day 9/5/08: Koushik - Bright and Shining
I knew I dug Koushik's "Bright and Shining" on first listen, but I'll be damned if I could tell you why. So, with no prior exposure to the name, I turned to my trusty tome of accurate information (read: Wikipedia) for a quick-and-dirty briefing. And lo and behold! This is a man who collaborated with Four Tet, Madvillain and Caribou, all of whom have served the valorous duty of wearing a hole through my speakers at some point in the past. Okay, so he runs with good company, but I'm really no closer to being able to tell you why I dig "Bright and Shining." I can tell you what I hear: an effortless beat, invigorating vocals, sketches of soul and funk in the horns and guitar. An authentic retro feel and traces of hip hop, from when it was still riding the tail end of jazz. Oh, and cowbell - don't forget the cowbell. But that's really just a skeleton of a description - spin this one for yourself, and you'll see why people say he's in league with DJ Shadow, RJD2, and the giants listed above.
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