Every now and then, along comes a record that is an absolute joy to review. Smoking in Heaven, the second studio album written and produced by North London three-piece sibling combo Kitty, Daisy and Lewis is one such gem.

The young group, full of the energy of skiffle, rhythm and blues, ska and rock n roll, have had extensive airplay on 6 Music, performed at a host of UK festivals, been the focus of a 2009 BBC Three documentary and received the approval and support of Bestival curator and DJ Rob da Bank, to whose label they are signed.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are a serious family affair - parents Ingrid Weiss and Graeme Durham have supported the musical ambitions of all three from an early age and contribute to both recordings and live performances on guitar and double bass.

Smoking In Heaven is brimming with verve and charm and embraces the very best of vintage sounds from the 1920's through to the 1950's. Hammering boogie woogie piano runs, swish jump blues beats, semitone guitar and vocal slides and a heap of honeyed singing like Lewis's incredible turns over the thumping broken Amen beat of 'Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me' and down-tempo number 'I'm Coming Home' all make for a thoroughly pleasurable listening experience.

'Tomorrow' and 'I'm So Sorry' are sublime numbers, heavy with bass, horns and the edgy vocals of Kitty, both paying homage to the output of bands like the Skatalites and latter day counterparts The Slackers, with some help from Jamaican ska trumpeter Eddie 'Tan-Tan' Thornton and Prince Buster and The Specials trombonist Rico Rodriquez.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis' obvious love of analogue recording, vintage equipment, home made and bespoke instruments works like a dream throughout – the fact that the overall production is a little unrefined with a couple of messy outros, unpredictable levelling and slightly late cues only serves to give the album a more authentic feel.

There is no faulting the musical versatility that binds the album together (all three band members are multi-instrumentalists, playing banjo, guitar, piano and harmonica amongst others) as apparent on vocal-free tracks such 'Paan Man Boogie', the marching wah-wah laden 'What Quid?' and closing number 'Smoking in Heaven'.

Where the album falls short of hitting full marks and is only slightly let down by is a (forgivable) naivety in the lyrics of 'Baby Don't You Know' and 'Messing With My Life'. A small flaw in an otherwise brilliant recording, one which you'd have to be either some kind of cyborg or clinically dead inside to not like.

It's a given that these hepcats play a blinder live, so grease back the ducktail, polish those brogues and get down to a show near you now...

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