Skegss – My Own Mess (Indie Garage Rock)
This being Skegss first full length album, it’s impressive to hear such catchy and energetic songs throughout the release. Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, the trio have been playing together since 2013 and putting out music since 2014. their sound is not unfamiliar to most but the excitement and personality that shines through is, well, exciting. It’s the kind of record that makes you want to stay up till 3:00 a.m. on the beach with friends surrounding a campfire. Which I can’t imagine being too different from what the boys in Skegss do on a regular basis.
Charles Bradley – Whatcha Doing (To Me) (Reggae)
My second prime slice was a little unexpected. A reggae tune from Charles Bradley being backed up by The Inversions. The other amazing part is that if you weren’t familiar with Charles, you’d think it was a groovy lost track from the 60’s or 70’s. But before writing this I decided to read his Wikipedia page and all I have to say is that I recommend you do the same. He lived an incredibly hard life; going from being inspired when he saw James Brown perform, to running away and being homeless for two years, to training and working as a chef for ten, and eventually getting discovered while performing as a James Brown impersonator. Even after his death, Charles is still inspiring musicians and I don’t think his legacy is fading away any time soon.