The Sidetones EP

by The Sidetones

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"Sounding Funky alright !" Beta Hector (Tru-Thoughts Records UK)

“Great to hear some ‘Made in France' Raw-Funk… Breakestra-style !” Paris DJs France (

"The only thing wrong with it is that it is too short. You groove to the album and before you know it, it’s over. I’ll say this though; the EP definitely leaves you wanting more." Incognito Music Magazine

"Fabulously funky" DJ Lee Aitch, Groove Junction, Platinum Groove radio

Here is the debut EP from Lyon based funksters The Sidetones. Recorded live and direct during a series of short studio sessions, their debut EP captures something of the raw energy that typifies their live sets. The Sidetones give us their unique analogue sound; mixing the visceral energy of late 60s funk with the warmth of early 70s soul and psych grooves.

This band comes on strong; fusing an organ-heavy sound with break-beat driven pop and crispy New Funk stylings. With such solid grooves, the musicians provide the perfect backbeat for lead singer Aya's sweetly infectious pop vocals.

Free to download and enjoy – The Sidetones’ debut EP is a great introduction to a band built on a rich musical tradition yet always finding ways to create a unique and contemporary sound.


released March 3, 2013

Recorded and mixed by Erwan at Feel Good studios
Mastered by Thomas at Studio Altho

Aya Kitahama : vocals
Chris Garnier : guitars
Ben Devigne : keys
Jim Taylor : bass
Pierre Vanaret : drums

All songs written by the Sidetones
Special thanks to William Blake for his great wisdom that brought inspiration to this band.

Special Shout out to True Born Records for their support.



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The Sidetones Lyon, France

Formed in late 2010, The Sidetones are a Soul Funk band based in Lyon, France.
Their original material combines elements of late 60’s early 70’s funk, break-beat, psychedelic and pop to forge a heavy yet soulful sound.

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Track Name: Turn it Up !
Better turn it up !
and cut it loose
Track Name: Laughing Song
When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

when the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing "Ha, ha he!"

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of "Ha, ha, he!"
Track Name: Welcome in the Year
Sound the flute!
Now it's mute!
Bird's delight,
Day and night,
In the dale,
Lark in sky,
Merrily merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.
Track Name: How Sweet
How sweet I roam'd from field to field,
And tasted all the summer's pride,
'Till I the prince of love beheld,
Who in the sunny beams did glide!

He shew'd me lilies for my hair,
And blushing roses for my brow;
He led me through his gardens fair,
Where all his golden pleasures grow.

With sweet May dews my wings were wet,
And Phoebus fir'd my vocal rage;
He caught me in his silken net,
And shut me in his golden cage.

He loves to sit and hear me sing,
Then, laughing, sports and plays with me;
Then stretches out my golden wing,
And mocks my loss of liberty.