First off, I don’t even know if k-os’ new album Atlantis: Hymns for Disco is available in the U.S. I’ve looked at the usual spots and can’t find it, other than having to pay exorbitant prices to get it as an import. That means you should buddy up with a Canadian right quick and beg him to get this album and send it to you.
Born in Trinidad and raised in Toronto, k-os (stands for knowledge of self, pronounced like “chaos”) draws from so many styles it’s difficult to absorb at first. He slides in and out of hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, rock. But then, after about two listens, I found myself humming the chorus to Sunday Morning out of the blue, leading me right back to the disc.
The promotional folks want to call this the Crazy of the new year, and they might not be too far off. It’s uplifting, catchy and has a hell of a singable chorus: “Every day is Saturday night, but I can’t wait for Sunday morning.” That theme of daily renewal probably would be corny in the hands of a less talented writer. Here, it’s rewarding and contagious.
Go on. Sing it.
k-os | Sunday Morning
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