Highlife: Best Bless

SKU: 15251404
Highlife: Best Bless

Highlife: Best Bless

SKU: 15251404

Format: CD

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Title: Best Bless
Artist: Highlife
Label: The Social Registry
UPC: 656605757728
Genre: Alternative Rock

Best Bless is the debut EP from Sleepy Doug Shaw's Highlife. Shaw moved from his hometown of London, England at the age of 19, arriving onto the NYC music scene in 2003. At that time accompanied by only by an acoustic guitar, he was soon showcasing his preternatural singing abilities and strong focused fingerpicking blues skills around the city playing under the moniker Sleepy Doug Shaw; and before long he had joined the entrancing psychedelic soul band White Magic. Highlife was born in 2008 when Shaw, along with White Magic collaborator Mira Billotte, retreated from New York to the small island of Gaspar Grande off the coast of Trinidad, at the southernmost point of the Caribbean trail. The pair spent long, wandering nights chanting and inducing trance, recording on a portable setup that Shaw had lugged along. Shaw chose the name Highlife to imbue a feeling of rejoicing and high consciousness, while also giving a nod to the genre of african music 'Highlife', which has greatly influenced his guitar style. With the sun indelible in mind, Shaw and Billotte crossed the Atlantic, returning to his hometown of London. It was there at Southern Studios that full-band versions of the songs were recorded by the brilliant Harvey Birrel (Crass, Sir Richard Bishop, Buzzcocks). Shaw and Billotte were joined on these sessions by Tim Koh (Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitti) and Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance), who play bass and drums respectively on 'Burying Stones'.

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1.2 F Kenya Rip
1.3 Burying Stones
1.4 Tuarec Dancehall
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