Creamer and Wesley
‘Geoffrey Porter’ b/w ‘Carnivals’ – Single
This was one of those that just missed the deadline for the previous Nutsmag Reviews. Dean Atkins (aka Eddie Creamer) and Kieran Wilson (aka David Wesley) released their debut single on the newly formed Psych-A-Rella Records before Christmas. This is definitely for those with a preference for folky-psych ballads. Acoustic 12 string guitars and whimsical lyrics abound on both sides, with ‘Carnivals’ being mixed by Andy Lewis. As debuts go, it is a solid-enough performance and one that gives a glimpse of good potential by the duo. I’ll be interested to see what comes next.
‘Johnny & Bo’ – LP
It’s been three years since Dustaphonics last outing, the splendid ‘Big Smoke, London Town’. They went down a storm at Le Beat Bespoke in 2016 and now they’re back with yet another cracking slice of manic surf, hi-octane rock’n’roll and a pinch of funky groove on this new album due out early February. Led by the London club scene legend Yvan Serrano, this LP is in keeping with the overall Dustaphonics ‘sound’, but it also has some truly charming diversity. The opening track, ‘You Don’t Love Me Any More’ is familiar territory for the band; helter-skelter, aggressive rock and roll. The title track is a superb blend of Mr Serrano’s influences; those being Bo Diddley and Johnny Ramone (and believe me, it works!), while ‘Q Sounds Groove’ is the first of a couple of collaborations with the French studio’s house band; the very same band that works with Adelains and Little Clara to name but two. We also get a couple of fantastic covers. The Special’s ‘Gangsters’ gets the surf treatment, while Ike Turner’s ‘I’m Hurting’ gets the unmistakeable Dustaphonics stamp. There is a fitting tribute to actress Tura Satana of Russ Meyer’s ‘Faster Pussy Cat Kill! Kill!’ fame and the latin-flavoured ‘Cachaca’ which is a nice, unexpected surprise. Vocal duties are split between Hayley Red, Aina Roxx and Kay Elizabeth, all of whom are first class.
This is a really great album and should do very well.
‘Could It Be’ – EP
It’s hard to understand the rationale of the record industry back in the Sixties. How often have we heard previously unreleased gems which have gone on to gain huge popularity on the scene? One wonders what the ‘decision-makers’ thinking when they ‘canned’ such great songs? Thankfully, for us at least, there is a small, dedicated army of people investing their time and money to unearth these tracks and make them available. This latest release on the Top Sounds label (responsible for 2015’s brilliant The Action EP) is another prime example. Goldie, who arrived on the shores of the UK with her Gingerbreads in 1962, made a handful of great records for Decca as a solo artist and these three previously unreleased gems prove that claim. The A-side; ‘Could It Be’ is a wonderful slice of early blue-eyed Northern, with a lush production. The B-side starts with Goldie’s version of the Goffin & King penned; ‘Goin’ Back’, which, (according to the story contained in the excellent booklet that comes with the EP) Dusty Springfield ‘stole’ from Goldie and got it out before Decca knew what was happening. By that time Goldie was so angry with Dusty, she refused to have it released. If it had been released, I think it would have given Dusty a run for her money. The final track is the Andrew Loog Oldham composition; ‘Headlines’, which again, is a British stab at capturing the Tamla sound. So thanks to Nigel Lees at Top Sounds for delivering another lost belter.
‘Back, Behind and In Front’ – EP
It’s hard to believe it is twenty-seven years since Beatpack released their debut EP, but thankfully they are still going strong with this latest offering on the excellent State Records. If you still know nothing about the band, what you get is an uncompromising, hard-edged fusion of R&B and Garage. Opening track; ‘Loopin’ With Lucy’ is a prime example, while ‘A Fog Is Lifting’ and ‘If I Look Outside’ show they have never been a one-trick-pony with monastic chants and jazz influences shining through.
‘Met Myself Coming Back’ is more familiar territory, but one thing you can be sure of is it’s always top quality. Beatpack have recently completed tours of Germany and Spain and I’m sure there will be UK dates this year. If you get a chance, go see them as it is always a great show. In the meantime, this EP is well-worth the investment.
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