Chimpshed A.D. – Golden Ray – EP Review

Back in July of last year I introduced Chimpshed A.D. from England. On the 2nd of February they release the four track EP Golden Ray – perhaps best summed up as Northern Soul for the 2010s.

Chimpshed A.D. - Golden Ray - artwork

Chimpshed A.D. – Golden Ray – artwork

Immediately on hitting Toad In The Hole there is a new reference-point to the out-put as Chimpshed A.D. deliver a track which harks of influences of Beatnik with only a gauzy layer of psychedelia and a far more acerbic lyric that gives the opener plenty of points of interest.

Next is the title track Golden Ray which fuses jazz with groove to take the listener across a neon-lit multi-coloured dance floor. The tautly strung notes gives the track a retro-disco feel and I am minded to dress in wide collars and flares to get into the theme.

Track three is Cabin Fever and my pick of the release as Chimpshed A.D. head into deep funk territory – think Antonio Fargas.

Closing out a release that gives Chimpshed A.D. an even more expansive sea of blue-water to much of what sails today is Ayalla Kieesha which is steeped in fusion soul, set again to a lyric which holds relevance to the issues of the day.

Chimpshed A.D. have put together a top-notch release in Golden Ray that has the ears reminded of the ‘then’ whilst holding a firm footing in the now.

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Stop Press!

Stop Press! is Emma Hodgson (Vocals), Tom Salussolia (Guitar / Vocals), Aaron Tebano (Bass), Joe Riley (Guitar) and Ian Flynn (Drums) a ska outfit from London in England.

Stop Press! - Ska from England

Stop Press!

Stop Press! make for an interesting variation on the genre, with the spiky cut, off beat, cliff-edges having a feel of being ironed to a more gentle slope, a Northern Soul / Reggae combination, which captures the attention of the audience. There is an infectious warmth which permeates the music leaving the listener in a glow of feel-good after spending time with the quintet.

Keeping themselves active in the live scene they can often be found playing in and around London, alongside which, sporadically, recorded material is made available for more distant listeners.

Whilst I appreciate that EPs and LPs are out of vogue with many bands and buyers of recorded music, the music of Stop Press! seeps into the soul far more effectively on extended play and I hope they make more recordings and longer length releases as this is a sound that has a broad international appeal.

I look forward to hearing more of Stop Press!.


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