Time Code Exile

by Radio Raheem

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If you're anything like us, the question starts qnawing at you around Memorial Day. The sun gets a little stronger. Your libido follows. You start to look at your abs and you can't find them, even with your shirt off...

"WTF," you ask, "will be my summer song?"

Most of us just give up in frustration and concede to reaching back to the tried and true. Sly and the Family Stone’s "Hot Fun in the Summertime," Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” The Ramones’ “Rockaway Beach,” but we'd like to offer a current alternative.

Our answer, ironically, comes from Seattle- a town not routinely known for its sunshine, unless of course, the whole "lotsa rain" thing is just a myth concocted to keep the New Yorkers out (I don't blame you).

Anyway, here it is. Your Summer Song For 2016...

"2 Live For The City," from said town's own Radio Raheem! Lovingly premiered by City Arts late last week, this tune has everything you could possibly want. Lyrics that basically, and more eloquently say "Fuck it, let's go outside," a chorus that kicks your sorry ass right into the deep end of the pool and a 4-on-the-floor middle eight that feels like the posse rollin up on the club.
Says, City Arts’ Jonathan Zwickel in the aforementioned piece, “Songs like this are magic, and Radio Raheem conjures the kind of inclusivity we need.”

Most of Radio Raheem's new album Time Code Exile, is a similar affair following suit with monsterous midsections, unabashed solos and Josie Howell’s wide-as-the-sky belt. Songs like “All Freaks,” “Grace Jones and Queen” and the ska-flavored “Come On, Come On,” give us the news and oftentimes harken back to everything you loved about eighties pop and everything you love now about new soul, without sounding tragically dated or embarrassingly self aware. It's the Pointer Sisters meets the Scissor Sisters. The Dap Kings colliding with Nile Rogers and Giorgio Moroder. Take “Heartbreak In Space,” for instance, with its unmistakable Me-Gen gallop, buzzy synths and lyrical refrain, “Search for your voice/Forever/Light years of noise/Forever.” All inspiring, positive and upbeat. But, the album is not without its heartwrenchers, “Dear Charles” a track about Josie’s eldest son serving life in federal prison, for one, gives us a rare, poignant and true glimpse into a mother’s pain.

Radio Raheem formed in 2011 out of the ashes of several local bands, and not by chance. Founding members, bass player/producer, Paul Chistofferson, and guitar player, Bryan Cohen were set on having some fun The two began writing 80’s influenced upbeat rock and new wave songs that would inspire requisite dancing and general happiness.

Soon after, saxophonist/keyboard player, Trevor Rasmussen, Howell and former Mayfield Four drummer Zia Uddin joined the band and in 2012 Radio Raheem released their first album, Down For The Get Down produced by Jonathan Plum at London Bridge Studio. The lead single “Push the Party” featuring Shock G of Digital Underground charted and peaked at #12 on college and indie radio stations across the country.

In 2013 the band collaborated with producer Martin Feveyear and put out the 7 track EP titled Raheem Rising featuring “Calling the World” – Radio Raheem’s signature song. Over the next two and a half years, the band hit the live circuit, playing local venues such as the Tractor, Crocodile, Sunset, High Dive and Barboza room. They have garnered spots on festivals like FolkLife (multiple years), Oktoberfest, Macefield Festival, Beneath the Block festival, the 2013 Rock and Roll Marathon and opening for national touring act like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Battle Tapes.

In the meantime, local Seattle press were feeling the good vibes, KUOW calling them, “rock music with a gospel heart” and longstanding local scribe Gene Stout quipping, “If Seattle funk/rock/soul band Radio Raheem had a mission statement, it would likely be “to have fun, get the people dancing and raise the roof.”

In 2015 Radio Raheem teamed again with producer Feveyear to create new music, this time with the focus on stripping down their sound to shine a light on Josie’s killer vocals, catchy choruses and songs that get people on the dance floor. It’s also worth mentioning that the live band, has also incorporated Josie’s daughter Chyee Howell to lend stellar backups to her mom’s lead. Augmented by the horn section of Rasmussen and Seattle horn legend Skerik, (“2 Live for the City,” “Come On Come On”) highlight Josie’s soulful vocals and the band’s love of a catchy hook.

For more information, please visit radioraheemband.com

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released July 15, 2016

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Radio Raheem Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s Radio Raheem formed in 2011 out of the ashes of several local bands, and not by chance. Founding
They began writing 80’ influenced upbeat rock, new wave and dance songs.
In 2012 the band put out their first record Down For The Get Down produced by Jonathan Plum at London Bridge Studios.
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Track Name: 2 Live For The City
Give me the night
I’m down from the mountain
Children of light
Drink from my fountain

Join me queens
808 heartache
Rain down the bass
On this disco outbreak!

Chorus

Too Live
4 the city
Too hype
Too real
To Live
To wait

Too Live
4 the City
To Hype
To Real
Wide Awake

I survived
Time Code exile
Streets burn white
Like a come on smile

Play me your kiss
Dance me your all night
Spin me your hits
Fill me with new life

Chorus

Break Down
To the heat
To the heart
To the back of the stone
Start over again
Track Name: All Freaks
VERSE #1

I’m all wire and sky
I just human
Years and years gone by
I keep searchin
You will break my heart
Over and ovah
My worlds blown apart
Super Nova

PRE CHORUS
Your face (We Stare)
Your Lips (We Kiss)
Your Hips (they slip)
Seductive talker – Be Mine

CHORUS
All Freaks come out tonight
All freaks out tonight
CHORUS
Fast Life Burn Bright
Golden Dancers
No *3
I want to love a love whose the answers to all my tonights

VERSE #2
Echos all inside
Screaming caution
Drawing my heartbeat toward
Your contstant motion
Silk aginst the skin
Pure devotion
Ready to give in
First class to berlin
Track Name: Grace Jones and Queen
Is this the Glory Days
Is this just purple Haze

Do you lay the track down
Don’t back down
March Cross Down
The Old School Daze

Did we have simpler times?
Or was it pick up lines?

Did we give the dream up
To dance tough
The cops bust
The protest Ryme

Chorus
Now we are Young
I can breath I can Breath I can breath
Now we are strong
I can see I can see I can see

Did we have hopes and dreams
Was it Grace Jones and Queen

Why aren’t we together Hair feathered
Black leather Forever 16

Was our love a lie?
Or Are we trapped in Time? (1989)

Do you cross the wires Fly by her
Hearts Fire Will never shine

Chorus
Now we are Young
I can breath I can Breath I can breath
Now we are strong
I can see I can see I can see
Now we are Love
I can breath I can Breath I can breath
Now we are young
I can see I can see I can see

Bridge
I get the message
I feel the visions
Your Inquistions are breaking my hear
Can you hold me?
Can you join me?
Won’t you wait?
Track Name: Come On Come On
New York’s a Dream
Tomorrow Tomorrow

My heart’s in between
Tomorrow Tomorrow

Fever be gone
I follow I follow

To fight not to run
I follow I follow

CHROUS:
Come on Come on Get Up
You know you wanted to you to want you to
Sing it for me now!
All the love in the world
You know you wanted it wanted it
Sing it for me now

Come on Com on Come on
I’m Saying
Come on Come on Come on
Keep Saying 2X

My soul she demands
I go I go

I kick out your jams
I go I go

CHROUS:
Come on Come on Get Up
You know you wanted to you to want you to
Sing it for me now!
All the love in the world
You know you wanted it wanted it
Sing it for me now

Come on Com on Come on
I’m Sayin
Come on Come on Come on
Keep Saying 2X
Everbody come on
Sing it for me for me come on
Everyobody come on

CHROUS:
Come on Come on Get Up
You know you wanted to you to want you to
Sing it for me now!
All the love in the world
You know you wanted it wanted it
Sing it for me now

Come on Com on Come on
I’m Saying
Come on Come on Come on
Keep Saying 2X
Track Name: Dear Charles
You’re 2 young 2 Be
Under Lock and Key
Protect Him Lord
Forgive him Lord
He’s all that I have left

Dear Charles
Did I give enough
Mother’s love
Forgive me Lord
Release me Lord
He’d all that I have left

One day we will walk together in the Sunshine (in the sunshine)
One day we will sing together a church in the sky ( a church in the sky)

CHORUS
Dear Charles – I miss you more than words can say
Dear Charles – the hole in my hear You’re the hole in my heart

Dear Charles
How did it come to pass
Behind Plexi glass
Forgive him Lord
Protect him Lord
Every night I pray

Dear Charles
Have you made your peace
Get enough to eat
How long lord?
Must he pay lord?
Every night I pray

One day we will walk together in the Sunshine (in the sunshine)
One day we will sing together a church in the sky ( a church in the sky)
CHORUS

Bridge
If we’ll ever be together
I pray I Pray
One day

Make me whole
Put me together
We’ll walk together
Once
Track Name: Heartbreak In Space
Loves’ caught adrift
For Ever For Ever

Signals are clipped
Never Never

Heartbreak Deep freeze
For Ever For Ever

May Day Release
Never Never

Could have been, Should have been, Would have been Gone 2X

Chorus

I want you to

Feel My Soul

Already Gone Already Gone


Search for your voice – For Ever For Ever

Thru light years of noise – Never Never

Lover’s Return – For Ever For Ever

Desperately Burn – Never Never

CHORUS

Could have been, Should have been, Would have been Gone 2X

Chorus

I want you to

Feel My Soul

Already Gone Already Gone
Track Name: Pleasure
Pleasure takes me by the hand
Pleasure this is my last stand
Come up to my room
I'll make u feel better
Love Revolution
Dancing forever

I get…

Higher x4

Ah ah Pleasure Pleasure

Let me count the ways
Let me ride the Waves

Pleasure I'm a young mans game
Pleasure swim in purple rain
Bodies electric
Craves connection
Star crossed earth bound
Roller skate heaven

I get

Higher x4

Ah ah Pleasure Pleasure

Let me count the ways
Let me ride the Waves

Do you feel pleasure in the air?
Pleasure Pleasure

Do you feel pleasure everywhere?
Pleasure Pleasure

Higher x4

Ah ah Pleasure Pleasure

Let me count the ways
Let me ride the Waves

Sax etc…

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Track Name: The Call
Your not alone
You’re not You’re Not

Just rest your head
My love My love

Tomorrow will brighten I know
My Love My Love

The cracks in your heart will heal and restart have hope
My Love My Love

I'll be your strength to live better days
My Love My Love

Don't go aw don't go

CHORUS
This is the call tonight
Believe in yourself
believe in your self 2x

You are my love
My Love My Love

Crush your haters to dust
My Love My Love

Don't give yourself up I know
My Love My Love

The darkness will lift so fight and resist have hope
My Love My Love

Heal all that ails embrace all your fails

Don't go aw don't go

CHORUS
This is the call tonight
Believe in yourself
believe in your self 2x

BRIDGE

Is it all just a give away?