The Joseph Gkikas sound manifesto is very straightforward and influential: making an album sequenced with a matured musical flow in mind, displaying everything at work, filling a void left from the market of unattended in the modern R&B era with what comes out of the pure heart. Sharing similarities with prototypical early rock’n’roll bands, hanging on the post after-shake era of Fats Domino and Elvis, the moment in time is easy to define with this prolific musical intention. A quality formalized vinyl cut to represent the early-Hillbilly boogie tangles with a neoteric spin of fast pacing strings and tight basslines. Linking airy piano flakes of a Hammond in the air and dwelling through impressive Sax collages, it all builds the way to spiritual freedom. If these modern reinvented senses were a sound movement, the temptation is to say, there are not many cool-cats that would break the milestone out of this jive rush.
A stylistic description is that fluidity jumps into a specific rhythm for each track with a modern sense of spontaneity and surprise. This kind of depth adds a multi-layered vintage atmosphere and a “Good Times” dimension overall, creating an enthralling musical snapshot including the soul-referencing backing-vocals, urging you to sing along and dance with the rhythm. The fine musical production is exciting, promising to drift feelings upwards.
From crate digger to music-maker the emotive mystery man vocalist Gkikas, catapults his vintage roots in the heavens of an underground Jazz bar or a flashy Jukebox Hut. Sweet summers, sexy hip-swaying, and mono nostalgia crystallize into solid stereo, bringing alive characters and dialogues from a black and white film with a glass of fine spirit in hand. Honestly, this is a possession to carve your personal pieces into nostalgic creation days after nights, while hanging on to all your sweet tuned memorabilia.