”Beyond the theatrics of make-up that’s just a little extra; peacock-feather ‘n’ tie dye shirts and a rainbow emitting disco ball lies a voice with the call of the sirens and a hot handle on the blues”Debbie Bourke, Jazz Journalist
A Husband and Wife on drums, a transgender trumpeter and double-bassist; a synth player and a guitarist named Rabbi Jaffa Delicious. Different? Yes. Unconventional? Yes. Good Music? Absolutely!
Ms Kitty (Kat Lee-Ryan), Duke Boom (Will Lee-Ryan) on drums; Miss Bea-Have (Beatrice Gullick) and Rabbi Jaffa Delicious (Simon Dobell) have built a loyal fanbase through the fusion classic 60s soul with jazz arrangements and a rhythm section which can skip from hip-hop beats to Latin to funk.
The band shouldn’t be underestimated either as they have worked with the likes of The James Taylor Quartet, Skunk Anansie and Jeff Buckley. Their new EP – a sixteen track project – was recorded in just one take at a disused office block, un-ironically called the Queensbury House.
The record’s lead single ‘Butterfly Mind’ is a beautiful mix of smokey jazz and swooning soul, and a real testament to true love.
“It’s about the way my brain works and the way music flits from one person to another, changing their perception (hopefully for the better) by tiny inspirational touches. And then it’s also a love song – I am married to the drummer and I’m saying no matter how many twists and turns and expansions my mind has, I am always grounded in him – you know I’ve got a butterfly mind but I settle on you ‘’Kat Lee-Ryan
Any Listener can be pleasantly surprised by the music video accompanying this track. Based in a live studio, visuals set the scene with beautiful strobe lights and colours, certain to put anyone in a tranquil mood. As well as soothing vocals, the butterflies flying across the screen are a nice touch bringing it all together.
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