With their fourth album Queen of the Wave set to hit stores on January 31st, care of Asthmatic Kitty/Catskills, Pepe Deluxé invites you to experience one of the most brilliant pieces of genre-bending music ever created. “A Night and a Day” will be the album’s first official single, not counting the mailing list treat “The Storm” from late 2011, and they could not have picked a better track to lead with. It’s got a killer drum break and soulful vocals, right up there with the best work of mid-‘90s underground hip-hop, a bassline warp out of UK garage, guitar work that’s alternately funky and hardcore, Beach Boys vocal harmonies, and so much more. Plus, the sideshow spectacle of a video features the gorgeous Geisha Natalie Montes de Oca Robles, Miss Dominican Republic 2008, playing a witch named Anzimee as she presents sights and sounds to confound the senses, assisted by the Tibetan prophet Vol Gorro. Indubitably, “A Night and a Day” will be released along with the Bollywood surf-metal ditty “Hesperus Garden” on the B-Side, and several remixes of the title track, on January 17th. All proceeds from the album will go to a charity attempting to clean the Baltic Sea. Good vibes all around.
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