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The Sidewalk Doctors - Music Is Medicine

The Sidewalk Doctors - Music Is Medicine

The Sidewalk Doctors - Music Is Medicine

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Vintage inspired sounds to sooth your troubles away.


“Music Is Medicine” claim the Sidewalk Doctors and ain’t that the truth, for music is surely the best mood enhancing drug there is and this elixir of 9 intoxicating tracks, that take inspiration from  the vintage sounds of Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae will certainly sooth your troubles away.

The Sidewalk Doctors - Music Id MedicineThe Sidewalk Doctors are singer Nathan Thomas and instrumentalist Lenny Bignell, who has worked with top UK reggae band Pama International and Acid Jazz Soul stars Lord Large. The duo are now turning the tables and enlisting some help from members of these bands to create this album, that could have come straight out of a dusty old box left in a forgotten Jamaican studio back room, with Sean Flowerdew of Pama and Stephen Large supplying some keys plus bass players Danny Thompson and Andi McClean and despite this fluid line up and presumed over dubs to put it all together the album has a very live and spontaneous feel. It is similar in style to that of Neil “Alpheus” Martin’s ‘From Creation’ which was released earlier this year, but where as Alpheus revamped many old Studio 1 and Treasure Isle gems these tracks are all totally new and original. Slim Smith is obviously a big favourite of the band with Too Far Gone being inspired by Turning Point and With You leaning towards The Uniques’ My Conversation. Bignell’s voice also has something of an old time feel to it with its soft and at times fragile warble evoking memories of Smith himself and many of the old time crooners. Most definitely an album for lovers of those classic sounds, but placed in a modern day setting.

'Music Is Medicine' is available to download now from Phoenix City Records and other major outlets.

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