Music Review: Rocksteady by Josh & the Jamtones

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some family friendly music, and with the school holidays coming up, now is a great time to fill up your iPod! Joining us today is our music reviewer Jill, who describes herself as “a mother of two awesome children, a facepainter, a community services worker, who wants to be a domestic goddess when I grow up (probably more goddess, less domestic)…” – take it away Jill!

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Rocksteady by Josh & the Jamtones

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Rocksteady by Josh & the Jamtones

Right from the start, this album had us bopping along. Starting strong with ‘Race U’, Josh & the Jamtones blend reggae, ska, rap, alt rock, and a little funk into an infectious list of songs; throwing in some humour between tracks for good measure. Our other top picks include ‘Love’ and the uncredited bonus track.

It’s certainly clear that Josh & the Jamtones love what they do, and their exuberance truly shines through. This upbeat album will have your kids dancing and singing along, yet it’s sophisticated enough that will keep you rocking out in your car even after school drop off.

I would recommend this to any family looking to move away from/avoid traditional ‘kids music’. And, like a picture of a penguin, it would be impossible to listen to this and remain down in the dumps! A rocksteady winner!

The verdict… 4.5/5

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All Kinds of You and Me by ‪Alastair‬ ‪Moock‬

Hey folks. I have an awesome video to share with you today courtesy of our friend ‪Alastair‬ ‪Moock‬. It’s from his recently released album ‘All Kinds of You’ and Me and is a celebration of diversity and uniqueness. It has a toe-tapping beat, an uplifting message, and some fun animation too. You can find out more about Alastair (and buy his music) here.

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‪Alastair‬ ‪Moock‬ - All Kinds of You and Me

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Songs for Sleep and Relaxation...

Hello friends. Today’s post is all about relaxation and a good night’s sleep! These four beautiful albums are filled with dreamy lullabies that are perfect for nighttime and quiet time (for both little ones and mums and dads as well). No matter what your taste in music, you are sure to appreciate the calming nature of these classic albums.

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‘Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort by Edie Carey & Sarah Sample

This charming album won is both a Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award winner. Edie and Sarah are well-recognized individual singer/songwriters who came together to create this duet album (the first children’s/family album for either of them) out of friendship and motherhood. The result is simply beautiful.

>> Find out more about Edie Carey & Sarah Sample

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Laurie Berkner Lullabies by Laurie Berkner

Laurie is an award-winning children’s recording artist. Her debut DVD, which went quadruple platinum, was the first-ever indie children’s music DVD to enter Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at #1. Laurie’s album ‘Lullabies’ features a few well known traditional songs as well as a range of originals. I especially like ‘What is the colour of my dreams?’ and ‘Goodnight’.

>> Find out more about Laurie Berkner

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Watching the Nighttime Come by Suz Slezak

This lovely album by Suz Slezak was released in February this year and is her first solo album. Suz is a vocalist and fiddle player, and is a core member of the award-winning indie folk ensemble David Wax Museum. David Wax is Suz’s husband, and they have a one-year-old daughter, Calliope. The title track is quite enchanting… take a listen.

>> Find out more about Suz Slezak

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Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Soothing and entrancing melodies from beloved composers are collected in this hardbound book and CD set featuring whimsical, dream-like illustrations by Élodie Nouhen and music recorded in France with the acclaimed wind and harp quintet L’Ensemble Agora. I’ve been enjoying listening to this one through my headphones while I’m working… so serene. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean…

>> Find out more about L’Ensemble Agora and Élodie Nouhen

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New Music... Hot Air by Recess Monkey

This week in the KID household we’ve been grooving along to the new release album from super cool musical trio, Recess Monkey. You may remember us sharing their ‘Penguinese’ music video (watch it here) last month, well today we’d like to give you a sneaky peek at the rest of the album.

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My favourite track from ‘Hot Air’ is Paper Airplane for its awesome storyline. I also dig ‘Hand Me Downs’ for its groove, and ‘Head in the Clouds’ as it reminds me of a certain little daydreamer in the family. Overall, this is a cheerful album with the quirky, sing-along qualities that we’ve come to expect from Recess Monkey. The best part? It’s adult-friendly.

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You can buy Hot Air by Recess Monkey via their website, or through iTunes.

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