A quick shout about two most recent Penrose Daptone 45 releases
Videos and release notes below
Johnny Ruiz & the Escapers
"Sorry" b/w "Prettiest Girl"
Johnny Ruiz and the Escapers offer up two sides of haunting group sounds sure the scratch the itch of doo-wop and soul enthusiasts alike. Adorning the a-side is "Sorry", a stark, creeping, dirge-like ballad with a sparse rhythm track that swings eerily underneath Johnny's sublime lead and the Escapers plaintive harmonies, creating an hypnotic vibe that will have you dropping the needle over and over again. Continuing with the dark vibes but picking up the pace a couple BPMs, "The Prettiest Girl" brings a measure of hopefulness to the tune, evoking the earnest, lovelorn memories of youth.
"When My Heart Beats" b/w "Moment to Moment"
On his debut 45, Junior Scaife shows us he's a vocal heavyweight whose prowess on the mic is tantamount to the pen. Backed by house band The Penrose Scholars and co-written by producer, Anthony Masino, "When My Heart Breaks" is a bouncy stepper with feel-good vibes and groove in equal measure, serving up a Brenton Wood-esque blast of sunshine and soul. On the flip is "Moment to Moment" a gorgeous, bluesy ballad with a vocal performance that transcends the trappings of lesser tunes, giving it a depth and serious- ness that takes you by the heart and mind to a place where longing and love reign supreme.
Available now via their uk store at £7 each or via a both 45s bundle