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Skeletons - Smile

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Skeletons - Smile
(CD) Impossible Ark/Unfold UNFOLDCD010, 2009-03-01

A very exciting new project from the man at the helm of the Nostalgia 77 ship Ben Lamdin, this is one of the draws of the Summer as the Brighton bunch turn their hand to a live, afro psychedelic funk band called The Skeleton.

Skeleton Smile
Skeletons - Smile
(CD) Impossible Ark/Unfold UNFOLDCD010, 2009-03-01

Tracklisting :
01. Positive Force
02. Marathon Man
03. Mr Mystery | MP3
04. 50 Degrees
05. Gravel
06. Firesticks
07. Over The Bridge
08. Skeletons
09. Guadelupe
10. Mulatu
11. Blood
12. Adam And Eve featuring the voice of Alice Russell

Links :

Skeleton Smile

Infos :
Benedic Lamdin is a musician, producer and engineer. He has produced a string of highly acclaimed LPs as Nostalgia 77 for Tru Thoughts; he also produces all the releases for his own label, Impossible Ark, including this one.

He says: "Skeletons is a made up band. I kid you not - it doesn't exist. These musicians never stood in the studio together, they just passed through my house or left some scraps of sound behind after sessions we were working on. This record is like a guy, pieced together and ready for the bonfire... Some of the music here started life as commissions for a library music company, pastiches and forgeries paid for by the current vogue for a certain style of African jazz. Once I'd done a few though I couldn't stop... to me the whole thing has been a self indulgent forgery, an act of mindless fun. If it sounds good then it's because I just enjoyed the music and enjoyed myself."

The Skeletons track, Positive Force, which appears on this album, was given an early airing on Impossible Ark: A Compilation in October, to immense acclaim and support from tastemakers including Ashley Beedle (X-Press 2/Ministry Of Sound Radio/RBMA), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Craig Charles (BBC 6Music) and Snowboy; and excellent reviews from all corners, from i-DJ magazine through to Mercury Prize Recommends. Smile is the full album, and more than worth the wait.


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Adrian Gibson Adrian Gibson ·  01 December 2009, 17:02

This is one of the best releases of the year!

Daddy-O Daddy-O ·  08 April 2010, 16:10

Better late than never- huh? This is a recent favorite that gets spun daily- I've got it on a thick slab o'wax! Love all of the influences coming together- sounds of Dub Reggae, Jazz, Funk, etc. Grab this one before it disappears and impress your friends at your next bash!

andujar andujar ·  20 April 2010, 16:56

very nice sounds. an early vote for fave of 2010.

cheers from massachusetts

lucfo27 lucfo27 ·  12 February 2011, 15:36

More about this project here

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