AR-KAICS, THE: “Just My Life” b/w “It’s Her Eyes”: 7”

I don’t fully understand this, but the soul label Daptone—home to more retro-sounding and integrity-driven modern soul acts—is doing a series where regular-ass bands get to record in good studios. Or something like that. You might be weary, but hearing The Ar-Kaics in a professional setting is a lot of fun. I’m a fan of their rusty wrench, ‘60s-inspired punk offerings, and they cranked out a couple of solid tunes with a producer or satan or whatever happened. Mystery Lights also has a Daptone single coming up. –Billups Allen (Daptone)