Before the day took a tragic turn with a shooting that claimed the lives of five people, last Friday began in a lighthearted fashion on the Santa Monica College campus thanks to Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. The Atoms for Peace bandmates—who have been collaborating since Radiohead’s 1994 My Iron Lung EP—stopped by SMC to play an hour-long DJ set on KCRW’s popular "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
Sometime during what host Jason Bentley called a “musical rollercoaster ride” (featuring such varied artists as Charles Mingus, the Beastie Boys, and rapper Madvillain), the pair found time to play a never-before-heard track of their own.
According to Yorke, “Honey Pot” was borne from a remix of Radiohead’s “All I Need,” and “turned into a new song that no one’s ever heard and we don’t know what to do with.” It’s a blearily sweet daydream of a song, featuring a mild bass beat that tethers Yorke’s trademark ethereal vocals.
Listen to the entire set here. “Honey Pot” comes in at 52:02. L.A. fans can catch Atoms for Peace at the Hollywood Bowl on October 16, as part of their upcoming AMOK world tour.