Joseph Gkikas is a Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist from Arta, Greece. He is known for his retro sound influenced by his love for R&B, Soul, and Rock n Roll. From crate-digger, he became an artist actively expressing his creativity in the musical journey we call life.
All the greats are on the setlist when he plays with local bands in various venues: Elvis Presley, Big Mama Thornton, CCR, and Carl Perkins. The time though has come, for Joseph to kick into a new musical journey and sound with his first solo EP launch. We’ve chosen to roll “Diamond Ring” straight at your ears, as this baby will dazzle your sight and senses.
Vintage roots bursting out of an underground Jazz bar or a Jukebox Hut, a feeling of sweet summer, and sexy hip-swaying lyrics to move any cold heart “Diamond Ring” are bound to dwell into your soul. Throughout the track, Dinos Christou‘s Sax is sensational and fills up the flow. As Joseph continues to reference nostalgia as an era with its truths, it could all be said in mono; however, the solid stereo sound goes through the speakers bringing alive characters and dialogues from a black and white film with a glass of fine spirit in hand. Joseph Gkikas is an emotive vocalist with exceptional guitar skills, at times an up-tempo blues lover and others smoothed out as a fine, straightforward mystery man.
All attendees on this EP, Leonidas Athanasiou (Drums), Foteini Fragkou (Bass), Achilleas Radis (Keyboards), Konstadina Nastou (Vocals), Panos Papakostas (Sound Engineer), Desi Nicol (Assistant Sound Engineer), all have their spotlight with a terrific balance as a whole-body punctuating a great job also done at Noisyland Recordings.
We don’t have to tell you to stream “I have no money,” spin on the B-side; I think it will find its place in your bourbon to stir.
If you’re looking out to sing your own humdrum vocals or to enjoy some crispy clean guitar lines and dance to up-tempo rock ‘n’ roll old style with a jive, all you have to do is join Joseph Gkikas on his urban juke joint revolution that just spawned out from his debut EP we love so much.
You can buy the EP album here or catch him on the Official Page, Facebook, and Instagram. His social profiles are full of great music and picture posts for serious enthusiasts, so become a fan and embrace the “Northern” Greek Soul likings of #giveitaspin for today.
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Hi mates! I am the founder, curator, and editor-in-chief of giveitaspin.gr ever since 2008, blogging daily! From freestyle Dj to Radio Producer in my free time, I love spinning music from all over the world.