Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives

Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives-In a Small Place

01. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Secret (3:55)
02. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Learn to Forget (3:07)
03. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – In a Small Place (3:21)
04. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Come Closer (4:21)
05. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Muscle Cars (3:22)
06. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – High Life (4:21)
07. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Daylight (4:17)
08. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Favourite One (4:01)
09. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Better Than Words (3:49)
10. Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives – Wasted (4:47)

Hey, here’s more funky, hazy, atmospheric goodness to float through your day to…

…this from their press release.

“Earlier this year, Claremont 56 served up something rather special: the atmospheric, claustrophobic debut single from Greek band Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives, “In A Small Place”. A warm, drowsy and evocative commentary on smalltown paranoia, the single showcased a band not afraid to embrace their love of blue-eyed soul, soft rock, West Coast jazz-rock and hazy AOR.

These influences shine through on the band’s eponymous debut album, which will be released worldwide (with the exception of Greece and Cyprus) by Claremont 56 this September. It’s a slight diversion from an imprint renowned for its sun-kissed Balearic grooves, pastoral soundscapes and dubbed-out dancefloor moves, but one fully in keeping with the imprint’s love of warm, beautiful and atmospheric music.

It’s certainly a confident debut from Sillyboy’s Ghost Relatives, an Athenian four-piece founded by titular hero Sillyboy (AKA experienced musician, producer and vocalist Charalambos Kourtaras, who has previously released a string of solo albums to wide acclaim in his home country). The band is modeled in his image, with a warm and hazy sound marked out by bold, toasty basslines, effects-laden guitars and a mixture of retro synths and thickset electric piano motifs.

Sillyboy naturally takes centre stage throughout, delivering his loved-up and lovelorn lyrics like a latter-day Michael McDonald. His vocal performances, and that of his similarly experienced colleagues, lend the album a dreamy, visceral quality fully in-keeping with the languid richness of the music.

Highlights are plentiful throughout. Check, for example, the dewy-eyed, string-laden bliss of opener “Secret”, the 1960s style dream pop cheeriness of “High Life” and the drowsy, late night drift of “Daylight”, an impassioned plea for reconciliation rich in close harmony backing vocals and soft focus saxophone solos. Or, for that matter, the chunky blue-eyed soul grooves of “Muscle Cars”, the slow and seductive “Favourite One”, the tropical wooziness of “Better Than Words”, the vintage Steely Dan shuffle of “Learn To Forget” and the breezy Americana of closing cut “Wasted”, which delivers a stunning conclusion to an album of rare cohesion”

 

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A Kind Reminder

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Kind Reminder…….

 

A satisfying mix of soulful, chilled out tunes verging on yacht rock, pop and R&B, altogether supremely satisfying for a nice stroll, bike ride, or Sunday drive.  Recently released on the Antifragile Music label.  Check it out!

 

01. Dusty Seats
02. The One Inside
03. Beneath Habits
04. My Mind Is on One
05. Paying for It
06. Musta Been a Ghost
07. Grateful
08. Feel You Slipping Away
09. Not Much to Say
10. Kind Reminder

 

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Hip Doo-Wop

I’ve been listening to some serious Doo-Wop via these two compilations lately, and I’ve found that the innocent style, smooth sounds, and pre-soul melodies compliment the still summer evening like a mojito on a foreign beach.  You too should give it try.

50 tracks of classic Doo-Wop from what was to be the genre’s finest year ever. This was the year that Doo-Wop’s popularity reached its peak, and the tracks on this great collection demonstrate why they were so well received. A must for any fan of the genre with informative notes.

Tracklist:

CD1

[02:13] 1. The Five Keys – Ling Ting Tong
[02:51] 2. The Penguins – Earth Angel
[03:12] 3. The Moonglows – Sincerely
[02:21] 4. The Spiders – 21`
[02:19] 5. The Five Keys – Close Your Eyes
[02:35] 6. The Charms – Two Hearts
[02:42] 7. The Hearts – Lonely Nights
[02:48] 8. Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters – Whatcha Gonna Do
[02:38] 9. The Clovers – Blue Velvet
[02:16] 10. The Danderliers – Chop Chop Boom
[03:05] 11. The Moonglows – Most Of all
[02:59] 12. The Cardinals – The Door Is Still Open
[02:20] 13. The Nutmegs – A Story Untold
[02:39] 14. The Platters – Only You
[02:29] 15. The Five Keys – The Verdict
[03:02] 16. The Four Fellows – Soldier Boy
[02:54] 17. The Midnighters – Its Love Baby 24 Hours A Day
[02:37] 18. The El Dorados – At My Front Door
[03:07] 19. The Nutmegs – Ship Of Love
[02:43] 20. The Drifters – Adorable
[02:28] 21. The Drifters – Steamboat
[02:58] 22. The Turbans – When You Dance
[02:37] 23. The Spiders – Witchcraft
[02:39] 24. The Platters – The Great Pretender
[02:47] 25. The Robins – Smokey Joe’s café

CD2

[02:21] 1. The Caddilacs – Speedo
[02:39] 2. The Regals – Got The water Boiling
[02:29] 3. The Cardinals – Come Back My Love
[02:49] 4. The Sensations – Yes Sir That’s My Baby
[02:25] 5. The Clovers – Devil Or Angel
[03:05] 6. The Four Fellows – Angels Say
[02:37] 7. The Diablos – Daddy Rockin Strong
[03:04] 8. The Diablos – The Way You Dog Me Around
[02:27] 9. The Empires – Make Me Or Break Me
[02:16] 10. The Heartbeats – Crazy For You
[02:37] 11. The Heartbeats – Your Way
[02:17] 12. The Barons – Eternally Yours
[02:43] 13. The Harptones – Life Is But A Dream
[02:41] 14. The Solitaires – The Wedding
[03:17] 15. The Cleftones – The Masquerade Is Over
[02:27] 16. The Spaniels – Painted Pictures
[02:45] 17. The Penguins – Be Mine Or Be A Fool
[02:03] 18. The Diablos – Route 16
[02:57] 19. The Leaders – Stormy Weather
[02:32] 20. The Rainbows – Mary Lee
[02:40] 21. The Flamingos – (That’s My Baby) Chicka Boom
[03:11] 22. The Orchids – You’re Everything To Me
[03:00] 23. Andre Williams & The Don Juans – Going Down To Tijuana
[02:51] 24. The Flamingos – I Want To Love You
[02:17] 25. The Valentines – Lily Maebelle

2 whole records full of tracks that still somehow retain a freshness and rarity that has yet to be duplicated.

This from the press release, “from the Primordial Musical Ooze to the Birth of Doo-Wop. What is this glorious music we call Doo-Wop? It’s a style conveying naivete and young love in a way no genre did before. It’s an attitude harking back to the birth of the teenager in the 1950s. For a lot of us, it represents nostalgia for an era we may or may not have experienced. Technically, Doo-Wop is an amalgam of five key characteristics that are explored in the 24-page booklet that accompanies this CD and richly evidenced in the choice of recordings. This CD, the first in a set of six, covers the formative years of Doo-Wop, offering astonishing vocal harmonies, vibrant instrumentation and a fun collection of songs that will not fail to please the amateur while being of interest to the serious collector. Compiled and annotated by Anthony J Gribin & Matthew M Schiff, the Doctors of Doo-Wop.”

Tracklist:

CD1

[03:37] 1. Bing Crosby & The Rhythm Boys – Them There Eyes
[03:12] 2. The Boswell Sisters – When I Take My Sugar to Tea
[02:55] 3. The Three Keys – Wah-Dee-Dah
[02:58] 4. The Five Spirits Of Rhythm – I Got Rhythm
[02:57] 5. The Four Blackbirds – Black-Eyed Susan Brown
[03:08] 6. The Ink Spots – My Prayer
[02:48] 7. The Cats and The Fiddle – I Miss You So (A)
[02:46] 8. The Golden Gate Quartet – Stormy Weather (A)
[02:48] 9. The Five Breezes – My Buddy Blues
[03:27] 10. Tex Beneke and the Four Modernaires – Chattanooga Choo Choo
[02:56] 11. Lewis Bronzeville Five – Low Down Gal Blues
[02:45] 12. The Andrews Sisters – The Shrine of St. Cecilia
[02:22] 13. The Song Spinners – Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer
[03:18] 14. The Dinning Sisters – The Way You Look Tonight
[02:37] 15. The Mills Brothers – Till Then
[02:35] 16. Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only a Paper Moon
[03:05] 17. Deek Watson & His Brown Dots – For Sentimental Reasons
[02:59] 18. The Cats ‘n’ Jammer Three – One Hundred Years from Today
[02:52] 19. Savannah Churchill & The Sentimentalists – I Want to Be Loved
[02:38] 20. The Delta Rhythm Boys – Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin’
[03:00] 21. The Basin Street Boys – I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
[03:03] 22. The Charioteers – Chi-Baba Chi-Baba
[02:59] 23. The Four Vagabonds – P.S. I Love You
[02:46] 24. The Cabineers – Whirlpool
[02:52] 25. Bill Johnson & His Musical Notes – You’re the Dream of a Lifetime
[03:02] 26. The Ravens – Lullaby
[02:56] 27. The Orioles – It’s Too Soon to Know

CD2

[03:08] 1. The Charioteers – A Kiss and a Rose
[02:47] 2. Little Esther and the Robins – Double Crossing Blues
[03:04] 3. The Four Jacks – I Challenge Your Kiss
[02:55] 4. The Ravens – Count Every Star
[02:45] 5. The Clovers – Yes Sir, That’s My Baby
[03:11] 6. The Blenders – The Masquerade Is Over
[02:57] 7. The Jive Bombers – Brown Boy
[02:36] 8. Ruth Brown and the Delta Rhythm Boys – Sentimental Journey
[02:44] 9. The Five Keys – The Glory of Love
[02:33] 10. The Clovers – Fool, Fool, Fool
[03:00] 11. The Swallows – Since You’ve Been Away
[02:39] 12. The Five Royales – Crazy Crazy Crazy
[03:02] 13. The Cardinals – Under a Blanket of Blue
[02:22] 14. The Larks – My Reverie
[02:30] 15. The Dominoes – Sixty Minute Man
[02:38] 16. The Four Buddies – Just to See You Smile Again
[03:03] 17. The Orioles – I Miss You So (B)
[02:33] 18. The Swallows – It Ain’t the Meat
[03:17] 19. The Moonglows – I Just Can’t Tell No Lie
[02:44] 20. Herb Kenny and the Comets – When the Lights Go on Again
[03:15] 21. The Five Keys – Red Sails in the Sunset
[02:20] 22. The Dominoes – Have Mercy Baby
[02:42] 23. The Five Sharps – Stormy Weather (B)
[03:13] 24. The Mello-Moods – Where Are You
[02:57] 25. The Royals – Every Beat of My Heart
[02:57] 26. The Diamonds – A Beggar for Your Kisses
[02:21] 27. The Four Knights – Oh Happy Day
[03:12] 28. The Vocaleers – Be True

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Salsoul Moplen Rework

Wanted to post this little joint cuz it was so much fun.

The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh I Love It (Love Break) (Moplen Radio Edit)

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Sherman’s Showcase

“Sherman’s Showcase is an American comedy television series, created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. The series premiered on July 31, 2019, on IFC.
Sherman’s Showcase is inspired by variety shows including Soul Train, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special, and In Living Color with each episode hosted by Sherman McDaniel as he takes viewers through time via music and comedy drawn from the forty-year library of a legendary (but fictitious) musical variety show.”-IFC

This is a MUST!  In fact this is the most Soul Donuts show in the history of shows.  Funk, Soul, hilarious comedy, disco dancing, boats!!! and everything else funky.  So go listen to the soundtrack over here, and watch new episodes on IFC.

Tracklist:
01. Sherman’s Showcase – Theme from Sherman’s Showcase (70s-80s Version) (0:44)
02. Sherman’s Showcase; Ne-Yo – Time Loop (5:44)
03. Sherman’s Showcase – That Ain’t Right (2:14)
04. Sherman’s Showcase – Marina del Rey (Let’s Spend the Day) (2:08)
05. Sherman’s Showcase – Drop It Low (For Jesus) (1:45)
06. Sherman’s Showcase; Buzzy Lee – Priestly (Gossamer Tunic) (2:58)
07. Sherman’s Showcase; Vic Mensa – Vicki, Is The Water Warm Enough (1:46)
08. Sherman’s Showcase – Theme from Sherman’s Showcase (90s Version) (0:43)
09. Sherman’s Showcase – The Black Kids At The White School (College Go-Go Song)
10. Sherman’s Showcase – Runnin’ (2:06)
11. Sherman’s Showcase – This Is My Fantasy (1:54)
12. Sherman’s Showcase – Theme from Sherman’s Showcase (2013 Version) (0:53)
13. Sherman’s Showcase – Venice Pier Futbol Club Anthem (2:17)
14. Sherman’s Showcase – Everybody’s Balling (3:03)

 

Here’s what Indie Wire has to say about it.

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a Double dose of Daptone Family Values

Daptone Records Singles Collection Volume 3

listen to it here

jump over here too

Track List
[03:24] 01. CHARLES BRADLEY, Menahan Street Band – The World (Is Going up in Flames)
[02:58] 02. CHARLES BRADLEY, Menahan Street Band – Heartaches and Pain
[03:47] 03. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens – What Have You Done
[02:57] 04. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens – I’ll Take the Long Road
[03:47] 05. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
[02:49] 06. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Settling In
[02:48] 07. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Tell Me
[03:24] 08. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have to Wait for You (Victor Axelrod Production)
[03:38] 09. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have To Dub For You (Victor Axelrod Production)
[03:51] 10. CHARLES BRADLEY, Menahan Street Band – The Telephone Song
[03:34] 11. Menahan Street Band – Tired of Fighting
[03:21] 12. Binky Griptite – One Time You’re Mine
[03:26] 13. Binky Griptite – You’re Gonna Cry
[03:41] 14. Binky Griptite – The Stroll, Pt. 1
[02:12] 15. Binky Griptite – The Stroll, Pt. 2
[04:36] 16. Naomi Shelton, Cliff Driver – Wind Your Clock
[04:42] 17. Naomi Shelton, Cliff Driver – Talkin’ Bout a Good Thing
[02:57] 18. Menahan Street Band – The Wolf
[03:09] 19. Menahan Street Band – Bushwick Lullaby
[02:50] 20. 3 Titans – College
[03:02] 21. 3 Titans – The Life of a Scholar
[02:24] 22. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects
[01:25] 23. Binky Griptite – Holiday Breakdown ’09
[02:55] 24. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – When I Come Home
[03:01] 25. The Dap-Kings – When I Come Home (Instrumental)
[02:59] 26. The Budos Band – Reppirt Yad
[03:23] 27. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Money
[03:46] 28. The Budos Band – Kakal
[04:12] 29. The Budos Band – Hidden Hand
[03:20] 30. Saun & Starr – Big Wheel
[02:45] 31. Saun & Starr – In the Night
[03:41] 32. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Better Things
[04:36] 33. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Window Shopping
[05:06] 34. Menahan Street Band – The Crossing
[03:52] 35. Menahan Street Band – Everyday a Dream
[02:54] 36. CHARLES BRADLEY, Menahan Street Band – No Time for Dreaming
[03:30] 37. CHARLES BRADLEY, Menahan Street Band – Golden Rule
[03:24] 38. El Rego – Vimado Wingman
[04:33] 39. El Rego – E Nan Mian Nuku

Also

 

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Khruangbin goes Dub

Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo (2019)

My fondness for the unique sounds of Khruangbin is no secret, and I’m happy to share with y’all their new project.  What we have here is the release of ‘Hasta El Cielo’, a dub version of their second album ‘Con Todo El Mundo’. The full album has been newly processed along with two bonus dubs by renowned Jamaican producer Scientist.  Dubs of tracks from their first album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ appeared on limited vinyl releases of ‘People Everywhere’ for Record Store Day 2016 and ‘Zionsville’ on the Boogie Futuro remix 12”.

Here’s what they had to say about the release, “For us, Dub has always felt like a prayer. Spacious, meditative, able to transport the listener to another realm. The first dub albums we listened to were records mixed by Scientist featuring the music of the Roots Radics. Laura Lee learned to play bass by listening to Scientist Wins the World Cup. His unique mixing style, with the emphasis on space and texture, creates the feeling of frozen time; it was hugely influential to us as a band. To be able to work alongside Scientist, a legend in the history of dub, is an honor. This is our dub version of Con Todo El Mundo.”

Enjoy two of those Scientist dub versions below…and a video.  I think it’s fair to say that these tracks may be the dopest cuts you will hear all year.

Como Te Quiero (Scientist Dub)

Rules (Scientist Dub)

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