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The 12 Best KEXP Live Sessions: A deep dive into Seattle’s iconic radio performances.

Kono Vidovic December 15, 2023 896 2 5


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Welcome to a musical journey through KEXP’s live sessions, a treasure trove of performances that have captivated audiences worldwide. As a DJ, curator, and music enthusiast, I’ve always been mesmerized by the unique energy and creativity that KEXP, a non-profit radio station from Seattle, brings to the world of music. Broadcasting on 90.3 FM and known for its eclectic and carefully curated playlists, KEXP is more than a radio station, it’s a global music community. The KEXP live sessions, in particular, are a testament to this, showcasing a diverse range of artists, genres, and sounds, often accompanied by insightful interviews that delve deep into the artists’ creative processes.

Little Dragon’s Enchanting Performance:

Little Dragon‘s session at KEXP is nothing short of magical. Their ethereal sound, combined with Yukimi Nagano’s captivating voice, creates an ambiance that’s both dreamy and invigorating. This performance is a testament to their ability to blend electronic music with soulful melodies seamlessly.

Jungle’s Groovy Set:

Jungle’s performance at KEXP is a groove-fueled journey. Their infectious energy and funk-infused beats make you want to get up and dance. It’s a display of how modern soul and funk can be revitalized and made relevant for today’s audiences. Also check out these two tracks by Jungle.

Jungle Brothers’ Hip-Hop Essence:

As pioneers of the hip-hop movement, Jungle Brothers’ session at KEXP is a reminder of the genre’s roots and its continuing evolution. Their blend of Afrocentric lyrics and innovative beats makes for a thought-provoking and head-nodding experience.

Nick Hakim’s Soulful Strains:

Nick Hakim’s performance is a deep dive into soul and introspection. His haunting vocals and the atmospheric production create a soundscape that is both intimate and expansive, drawing listeners into his reflective world.

Sofi Tukker’s Electrifying Energy:

Sofi Tukker brings a burst of energy to KEXP with their electrifying performance. Their infectious dance beats and dynamic stage presence make their session a standout, perfectly capturing the essence of their unique brand of electronic music.

Ibibio Sound Machine:

Ibibio Sound Machine’s KEXP session is an exhilarating blend of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro. The performance is a colorful tapestry of sounds that transcends borders and invites listeners to a global dance party.

Curtis Harding’s Soul Meets Rock:

Curtis Harding’s session is a soulful rock and roll revival. His powerful vocals, backed by gritty guitar riffs, create a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, embodying the spirit of soul music with a modern twist.

Macklemore’s Hometown Heroics:

As a Seattle native, Macklemore’s performance at KEXP feels like a homecoming. His passionate delivery and poignant lyrics reflect his deep connection to the city and its music scene. It’s a powerful showcase of his artistry and the stories he tells through his music.

Bonobo’s Electronic Mastery:

Bonobo‘s session at KEXP is an electronic odyssey. His masterful blending of ambient, trip-hop, and downtempo elements creates a sonic landscape that is immersive and emotionally resonant, showcasing his prowess as a producer and musician.

Parcels’ Feel-Good Funk:

Parcels’ performance is a delightful journey through modern funk and disco. Their catchy melodies and upbeat rhythms are the perfect antidote to any gloomy day, making their KEXP session an unforgettable feel-good experience.

Roosevelt’s Synth-Pop Delight:

Roosevelt’s session is a synth-pop dream. His smooth vocals glide over lush, danceable beats, creating a sound that’s both retro and forward-thinking. It’s a perfect example of how electronic music can be both emotionally rich and irresistibly catchy.

Little Simz’s Lyrical Genius:

Little Simz brings a raw and powerful energy to her KEXP session. Her razor-sharp lyrics and dynamic flow are a showcase of her incredible talent as a rapper and storyteller, making her performance a must-watch for fans of cutting-edge hip-hop.

A few last words.

Exploring these KEXP sessions has been a reminder of the power of live music to connect, inspire, and move us. As someone deeply entrenched in the world of music, each of these performances resonates with me in a unique way, echoing the sentiments of countless listeners around the globe. For more such musical explorations and in-depth artist interviews, make sure to check out Dirty Disco’s own interviews, where we dive into the stories behind the music. Remember, the rhythm of innovation never stops, and there’s always more to discover in the world of music. And if you like to see more curations of the best live performances also check out the best Tiny desk concerts here. And for more electronica vibed music check out these legendary Boiler Room sets.


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DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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