Having collaborated in the production duties with brother Simon for Faze Action, Robin Lee has been quietly working away behind the scenes for some notable artists, labels and various musical projects including the likes of Papa Records, Mukatsuku, Peven Everett, Defected Records, Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Shovell and Julie McKnight, as well as having been a founding member of Japanese dance music orchestra, AHB.
Robin has found himself behind the mixing desk for various sessions including those for Dave Lee’s Z Records that include Kadija Kamara, Shirley Jones and Jean Carne.
On ‘Cello he has appeared on several works for Paul Murphy’s excellent Claremont 56 label and on releases by Phil Mison and his Cantoma project.
This newest project finds Robin playing one half of the Dos Palos project, with the other half being taken up by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ed Begley. Having written and recorded the first single Robin was looking for a vocalist to work with and having exhausted all avenue’s, and passing by sometime Faze Action drummer, Adrian Meehan’s Soho based studio, Robin heard Ed’s voice and was sold immediately. Currently, working on new material with a view to performing as a live band, Dos Palos take the elements of Psychedelic Soul, Folk, Funk and mix it in the golden urn of Balearica to build a sound that is firmly rooted but reaches for a bright future.
Another single, plus remix package is scheduled for early 2015 closely followed by a full studio album.
Robin explains ‘the inspiration behind the tracks comes from a need to write songs. I've always loved making tracks with Faze Action, and although in recent years there have been more songs on that front, the majority of the material is squarely on the dance floor. However, I've always wanted to get better at songwriting because, for me, it is the most challenging form of music to create.
I've been strongly influenced by classic West Coast sounds such as The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Eagles as well as bands such as Steely Dan, that moved out West. Jan Hammer Group, Terry Callier, Gil Scott Heron, Earth, Wind and Fire, Hendrix and Carlos Santana have all also been influences. But in the end, Dos Palos is really about connecting people and if the songs strike a chord with people and if they feel less alone because of them, that would really be fulfilling.’
CHRIS COCO, Melodica, UK - Hey this is totally gorgeous. Straight on Melodica next week for sure. Thank you.
KON, USA - Nice work, Alan Parsons meets The Eagles on vacation in L.A. Summer 77'
PAUL ‘MUDD’ MURPHY, Claremont 56, UK - I like the Lady of the Westway track.. a nice new direction for him!
RAINER TRUBY, Compost Records, Germay - diggin´both tunes a lot, very sweet, very chilled… cheers for that.
LEXX, Switzerland - This is beautiful! Lady of the Westway is my fave. I'll get that 7"!
ASHLEY BEEDLE, UK - I've been around - by a country mile. With the Timmy Thomas electronic drum riff and laid back vocals, I can see this getting play listed on Radio 2/6 Music - if they got their fingers out. But you know that already. Fantastic stuff. Good to hear Robin on fine form.
JASON BOARDMAN, Aficionado, UK - Nice vibes on both, liking the west coast feel so thanks for sending.
BILL BREWSTER, UK - I've been Around is really bloody good. Other song cool, too, but lead track is a blinder.
SEAHAWKS, UK - What can I say… a stone cold classic and one of the best releases this or any other year...
NEIL DIABLO, UK - Beautiful Music!
DOM SERVINI, WahWah45, UK - Bloody love it! Amazing music to wake up to today!
Will cover it in Echoes and play on the radio A LOT!
GREG FENTON, DMC Update, UK - This is great, defo reviewing.
KENNETH BAGER, Music For Dreams, Denmark - I love it -thanks so much for the download great release and I will support more than once on radio etc .. Love especially ‘I've Been Around ‘
MATTY J, The Pool Agency, UK - Loving ‘I've Been Around' seriously soulful sounds.
KEV BEADLE, SPW, SunCeBeat, Mindfluid Radio - Like this. Very Michael Franks meets Sade. Played 23rd Sept - http://bit.ly/1qwiS2Z
JUN / CAPRICOUS RECORDS, Japan - Thank you for the promo. Both tracks are very beautiful. I will support this record.
- West Coast Psych Soul