SONG PICK: Baba Ali – Black Wagon
With its winsome vocals and elegant production “Black Wagon” is an electrifying slice of electronic pop music. The song marks the magnificent new single and video by London-based musician Baba Ali, who originally hails from Fort Lee, New Jersey. It’s easy to get a little dizzy when reading about the production credits with big names like Al Doyle (Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem) and Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), all teaming up for Baba Ali’s debut album Memory Device via Memphis Industries.
Asked about “Black Wagon,” Ali says:
Where I live in London, my window faces the high street and I’m not too far from a church. In the autumn there were a lot of funerals, and the horse and carriage procession would often come down the street. It’s quite an arresting image; it feels like it’s from a different era. That’s the “black wagon”, and the rest of the lyrics are me reminiscing about the feeling of going to raves and coming home at sunrise… All that fun stuff that you try to make the most of before that black wagon comes to carry you off. This was a song that got an instant positive response from Al when he first heard the demo. Towards the end of mixing, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) came in to lend an outside perspective, and his added excitement for the tune confirmed we were on the right track.
Check out the video and enjoy the fantastic “Black Wagon,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Photo Credit: William Spooner