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NIGHT OWLS: Gossip / Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (Vinyl 7″)

NIGHT OWLS: Gossip / Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get[RATING: 5]  L.A. label F-Spot hit the spot dead centre with the monkey’s most anticipated 45 of the summer – Night Owls’ Gossip b/w Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get. Night Owls is a super-group formed from assorted members of California reggae band The Lions along with The Aggrolites’ Roger Rivas and the two tracks are, of course, covers of Cyril Neville’s Meters-backed bomb Gossip and The Dramatics’ classic Stax single Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get re-worked inna retro-reggae stylee. Gossip is funky reggae at its finest, beginning with a contribution from guest Elgin Parks of Greyboy Allstars who nails the original’s unmistakable sitar intro while vocals come from another guest (another member of The Lions) – Malik Moore. Flip things over and this time Moore is backing two more guests on lead vocals – The Aggrolites’ Jesse Wagner and The Lions Alex Désert for what is nominally the B-side but likely to prove every bit as popular as the A.  Boom!
(Out 28 August on F-Spot Recordings)

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