Perfect timing (well, to cure these cold summer blues at least), for Parisian label Heavenly Sweetness to release this sunkissed mix CD. Conceived by Guts and his Pura Vida partner Mambo, these 14 tracks are intended as the perfect soundtrack to chill on the beach. It's an excellently pieced together selection of light and fluffy 60s-style, organ-led ditties that can easily fool the listener into thinking that he is fact, dating Bridget Bardot and driving vintage sports cars around the Cote D'Azur in some Instagram fantasy. Not many records can boast that eh?
A two track sampler from the forthcoming album Music For Jazz Dancers, due in May on Freestyle. These two lesser known jazz dance classics come from the 'in the box' selections of DJs Adrian Gibson and Perry Louis, who have been running the Messin' Around London club session at Camden's legendary Jazz Cafe for 14 years. First track "Cherokee", by Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination & Brass, is a storming version of Ray Noble's jazz standard with Dianne Reeves' vocal delivery reminding us of Ella Fitzgerald. Next up is "Kon Djab Djigidi'" from French pianist Mario Canonges, which is a full-on piano-led, Latin-tinged monster that'll have you attempting those back flips in your Spats before you know it!