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The debut album “Party Girl” made it blatantly apparent that London soul-rockers The Dustaphonics had it all over their competition on a couple of fronts. Not only did they have a killer vocalist in Aina Roxx and Kay Elizabeth but a consummate engine room to drive the songs. Album Number Two finds them with a new singer and an interchangeable rhythm section.

The good news is that both vocalist Hayley Red and the backbone of the band are up to the challenge. “Big Smoke London Town” is almost all that “Party Girl” was cracked up to be.

You have to be good to get by in garage rock these days. Minimal airplay, a shrinking circuit of live venues and mostly disinterested media are balanced by a small but resilient core of sympathetic labels, of which the UK-based Dirty Water seems the most indefatigable. Resilience is a by-word.

The Dustaphonics attack their songs with the relish of people steeped in the best music of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Guitarist-cum-driving force Yvan Serrano, a Lodnon Based French -Spaniard who works the vintage DJ circuit as Healer Selecta, is actually the only core member. He obviously has a good handle on picking his band-mates. On this album, veteran Bruce Brand and Eric Frajiria do the business on drums, with southpaw Dan Whalley on bass.

It would be no shock to find out every member had to undergo pre-recruitment reference checks based on their record collection. Rhythm and Blues (before the term was diluted beyond recognition), Surf and Soul are all embedded in The Dustaphonics’ collective DNA.

Serrano’s production is clean, deft and transparent. His guitar style – equal parts Duane Eddy and Link Wray - is flexible enough to suit outright rockers like “Grand Prix” to the tender “Flesh & Blood.” The songs all sit comfortably on Whalley’s warm bass-lines. Hayley Red may not have the range of her predecessor but there's not much in it. She possesses more than enough sultriness to make these tunes work.

Stylistically, “Big Smoke London Town” bounces around like a ping pong ball in a Bangkok sex show. There’s the big groove, soul bounce of “Back To Mono” and the surf twang-tinged “Rocking Booglaoo”, while “Don’t Let The Devil Drive Your Car” is a tight and dry-sounding garage rocker. Instrumental “Fire Dance” would have given The Cramps a run for their Cajun swamp lunch money.

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released January 9, 2014

Hayley Red: Vocal
Yvan Serrano Fontova: Guitar
Eric Frajiria: Drums
Bruce Brand Drums On Fire Walk and London Town
Dan Whaley: Bass
Produced by Healer Selecta

Rockin'Boogaloo (H.Clibbery/Y.Serrano)
When You Gonna Learn (A.Westlye/Y.Serrano)
Don't Let The Devil ( Traditional) Arragments Y.Serrano
Grand Prix (Y.Serrano)
Ride On ( Louisiana Red)
Mojo Yar Bones (H.Clibbery/Y.Serrano)
London Town (K.Ameaton/Y.Serrano)
Fire Dance (Y.Serrano/B.Brand)
Back To Mono (H.Clibbery/Y.Serrano)
The Message (H.Clibbery/Y.Serrano)
Flesh &Blood (Y.Serrano)
Rocking Boogaloo H.Clibbery/Y.Serrano)

Design & Art Work by LaMia London-Photo Steph Dray
Recorded in London at Soup Studio- Produced/mixed by Healer Selecta - Mastered by Pete Maher in Brighton.
Right Owner KINGALING Production UK
Published by Wipeout Publishing Ltd
Vinyl release Dirty Water Records UK

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Track Name: ROCKIN BOOGALOO
ROCKIN' BOOGALOO
(H.Clibbery / Y. Serrano Fontova)

I went to a party the other night
(Oh DJ)
Best dress on and I feel all right
(Oh DJ)
No charts, no French touch, no Hip Hop
(Oh DJ)
Everybody grooving and feeling tight
(Oh DJ)

And we sing

Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah
Hey Hey Hey hey Yeah Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah Hey Yeah...

DJ kept on spinning treasure
(Oh DJ)
Shingaling, Bop,Surf and Buttshakers
Mama feel good, no need no doctor
Pa Pa Oom mow mow , Surfin’ Bird

And we sing

Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah
Hey Hey Hey hey Yeah Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah Hey Yeah...

Ok Party People
It’s your turn
Get ready to clap those hands
And shake those hips
C’mon
1,2, 123 GO!

Uno, dos, Uno, Dos Tres Quatro

Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah
Hey Hey Hey hey Yeah Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah Hey Yeah
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah
Hey Hey Hey hey Yeah Rockin’ Boogaloo
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Yeah Hey Yeah

Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock...
Track Name: RIDE ON LOUISIANA RED RIDE ON
RIDE ON, RIDE ON RED, RIDE ON
WELL I LEFT MY HOME IN VICKSBURG
AND STARTED TRAVELING NORTH,
MADE IT TO NEW ORLEANS AS THE BUS WAS TAKING OFF
THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE WAS GIVING AWAY THE FARE
SAYING, 'IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE SOUTH, BOY,
JUST RIDE ON OUTTA HERE'
RIDE ON, RIDE ON RED, RIDE ON
GONNA RIDE OFF TO MY FREEDOM
AND MAKE THOSE NORTHERN STATES MY HOME
WE MADE IT TO SHREVEPORT, WHERE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO EAT
I GOT MYSELF A SANDWICH AND ATE IT ON THE STREET.
RIDE ON, LOUISIANA RED, RIDE ON
GONNA RIDE ON TO YOUR FREEDOM
AND MAKE THOSE NORTHERN STATES YOUR HOME
WE MADE IT INTO LITTLE ROCK, WE MADE ANOTHER STATE
TOOK THE WHOLE OF THE U.S. ARMY
TO MAKE ONE SCHOOL INTEGRATE
RIDE ON, RIDE ON RED, RIDE ON
GONNA RIDE ON TO YOUR FREEDOM
AND MAKE THOSE NORTHERN STATES YOUR HOME
WELL I LIVE HERE IN NEW YORK AND I AM DOING FINE,
HAVE MYSELF A BALL ABOVE THE MASON-DIXIE LINE
RIDE ON, RIDE ON RED, RIDE ON
GONNA RIDE OFF TO MY FREEDOM
AND MAKE THOSE NORTHERN STATES MY HOME
Track Name: WHEN YOU GONNA LEARN
Crank up the radio
Iv’e got something to say
You might not wanna hear it
But I’ll tell it anyway
So if you ever come around
And don’t like how I play
I don’t give a dam

You take life so easily
And that’s cool if you were happy
But you just cant seem to see
The way you want things to be

When you gonna learn
The price is what you earn
It shouldn’t be my concern
X2

You’ve got some potential
In fact I think you’ve got it all
But we could never see that
Whilst your backs against the wall


I wanna see you stand tall
Track Name: DON'T LET THE DEVIL DRIVE YOUR CAR
I say Don't let the Devil ride
I say don't let the devil ride
'Cause if you let him ride
He'll want to try to drive
Don't let him ride

I say Don't let him flag you down
I say Don't let him flag you down
and If he flags you down
He'll turn your soul around
I say don't let him ride
don't do it don't do it

I say Don't let him be your boss
I say Don't let him be your boss
If you let him be your boss
He'll make your soul be lost
I say Don't let him ride

I say Don't let him ride with you
I say Don't let him ride with you
If he ride with you
He'll tell what to do
Don't let him ride
Dont do it yeah don't do it yeah
Track Name: FIRE DANCE WITH ME
Instrumental
Healer Selecta's Rocknroll Soul Surf Revue
Track Name: MOJO YOUR BONES
Hey, can’t you see
Make me shine
Break me free

Said Hey, can’t you feel
Mississipi devil ain’t in me
Said Hey,can’t you hear
Sho’mon everybody
Said sing with me

Sho’mon and sing with me
Don’t be shy, Shine with me
Sho’mon everybody, said sing with me
Don’t be shy, shine with me


Hey, Mojo your Bones
This Rock’n’Roll shows me your soul
Said Hey, can’t’ you see,
I am a hootchie cootchie mama, trust me
Said hey, can’t you hear, Sho’mon everybody
Said Sing with me


Sho’mon and sing with me
Don’t be shy, Shine with me
Sho’mon everybody, said sing with me
Don’t be shy, shine with me


Ok people we are the Dustaphonics
We’re here from London town
So we want you to turn your radio up
C’mon louder


Sho’mon everybody, said sing with me
Don’t be shy, Shine with me
Sho’mon everybody, you know what to do
Don’t be shy, shine with me
Track Name: GRAND PRIX
Instrumental
Healer Selecta's Rocknroll Soul Surf Revue
Track Name: BIG SMOKE LONDON TOWN
When you clear the ashes the coal shoots gleam

Down round metal plates, the past wiped clean
We've got indie kids down in art house spaces
On the scene to find new faces

Sometimes you bring me up
London town, London town
This town can bring me down
London town, London town
Sometimes you drive me crazy

So I’ve got to shake it down

Man of the hour on the move
Jeff Dexter made this city groove
It was swinging 60's in the town
Spinning the tunes to boogie down

Big smoke
Rain keeps falling, London's calling
Big smoke
Rain keeps, falling London's calling you

I’ve got a little 'bottle and glass'
I’ve got a lot of London sass
So i strut my stuff down the hight street
Its the new east end the hipsters beat

Sometimes you bring me up
London town, London town
This town can bring me down
London town, London town
Sometimes you drive me crazy

So I got to shake it down

Man of the hour on the move
Healer Selecta on the groove
It was swinging 60's in this town
Spinning the tunes to boogie down

Big smoke
Rain keeps falling London's calling
Big smoke
Rain keeps falling,
London's calling you, calling you
Track Name: BACK TO MONO
I'm gonna see my baby tonight
I said yeah yeah
Gonna fix my hair, get my new shoes on
I said yeah yeah
He's gonna love me, hold me tight
I said yeah yeah
Lipstick on Martini Dry
I said yeah yeah

Back to mono...

Is the sound on our stereo, 1234

Boom Boom Bang Bang, all night long
I said yeah yeah
Scream and shout, don't care who knows
I said yeah yeah
We're in love, oh yes indeed
I said yeah yeah
More than a girl could ever need
I said yeah yeah

Back to mono...

Is the sound on our stereo, 1234

Back to when it was black and white
I said yeah yeah
Sugar Pie on the Tepaz
I said yeah yeah
Records play, all we do is dance
I said yeah yeah
Cheek to cheek while we have the chance

Back to mono...

Is the sound on our stereo, 1234
Track Name: THE MESSAGE
My mama said
do what you got to do
You gotta work, your dreams won't come to you
Mama said
gotta take life day by day
You wanna reach that goal, don't let it fade away
People sit round waiting for their lives to come
Too late when they realise
their life's already begun

Each and everyone, don't be afraid
You're the only one that stands in your way
Each and everyone, don't be afraid
You're the only one that stands in your way

Mama said
spread love and positivity
Be a real gone cat, use your eyes and see
She said that there is just one you
Love your skin and your heart shines through
Got nothing good to say don't say it at all
You make your own happiness
it won't knock your door

Each and everyone, don't be afraid
You're the only one that stands in your way
Each and everyone, don't be afraid
You're the only one that stands in your way

This is a song about a little message

Mama said
spread love and positivity
Be a real gone cat, use your eyes and see
She said that there is just one you
Love your skin and your heart shines through
Got nothing good to say don't say it at all
You make your own happiness
it won't knock your door


Each and everyone, don't be afraid
You're the only one that stands in your way
Each and everyone, don't be afraid
You're the only one that stands in your way

Don't be afraid...
Track Name: FLESH & BLOOD
I want to write you
A simple little song
Saying Thanks to you

Tears drops fall around
From the deepest seas
Tears drops fall around from the highest galaxy
I am on the road again
I’m your flesh and blood
I am on the road again
I‘m your flesh and blood

Do,do,do,do,do,do,do...

I want to remember you
With a bossa melody
Saying I miss you

Tears drops fall around
From the deepest seas
Tears drops fall around from the highest galaxy
I am on the road again
I‘m your flesh and blood
I am on the road again
I‘m your flesh and blood

Do,do,do,do,do,do,do...

I want to seal my heart
With an endless harmony
Saying Stand Up Tall

The winds
Only the winds can win
The winds
The winds can only win
Oh the winds
Winds can only win
The winds
The winds can only win...