Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of Drive Time on KEXP, is "Where Were You..." by Manny Noir & Psychedelic Ensemble, from the 2022 album Nocturne on Everything Is Perfect / LIVE AT THE CLINIC.
Southeast London emcee Manny Noir recently teamed up with producer Psychedelic Ensemble to release the collaborative record Nocturne in June. True to the album’s name, Nocturne is ten tracks of vibey downtempo hip hop perfect for the late hours of the evening. The combination of Manny Noir’s silky flows with Psychedelic Ensemble’s smooth, softly grooving production makes for a sexily uneasy nighttime soundscape.
Our Song of the Day “Where Were You…” hones in on the feelings of longing and betrayal that often permeate the brain upon nightfall. “Where were you when I was hurting / I was hurting /I was hurt,” questions Noir over a thrumming beat punctuated by ghostly synths mimicking the fog of memories best left in the past.
Watch the video for Nocturne closing track "Let the Love In," directed by Marlon Francis, below.