Chicago’s Cherries Records is keeping smooth Funk alive once again with another Doug Shorts 7″ release, “Don’t Sleep On my Love”. Shorts, a 62 year old musician who’s career has been a series of almosts, looks to be back on track in the music business with his second release on the Windy City label. His story is incredible and is well documented in the video that accompanies the written piece in The Chicago Reader below.
“Don’t Sleep On My Love” has Shorts stepping away from his dirty Funk and giving up some R & B on this side. Soulful and funky (thanks to not only Doug’s cool as ice vocals, Archie Brooks’ guitar, and Roosevelt Purifoy’s keyboards), this tune doesn’t just keep it on the mellow tip, it classes the joint up as well. The flip side, “Bet I’ll Know The Next Time” is a bluesy synth filled 80’s inspirational jam. The organ undertones combined with the drum machines have a a Bluesy/Gospel feel to them. This track is fitting, because Shorts knows better this time. His collaboration with Cherries founder and producer Andrew Brearley looks to be fruitful for both. These guys have brought a fresh new sound to the game. This is good for the label and artist, who has even more releases coming out through Jazzman/Fryer and Numero Group. We are looking forward to hearing these as well. “Don’t Sleep On mY Love” comes out today on Cherries Records. Don’t sleep on this 7″ (pun intended), as the pressing of the first release sold out in 5 days, a testament of how good Doug Shorts is. You will be hearing a lot more from him in 2013, that’s for sure.
Check out The Return of Dough Shorts in The Chicago Reader.
Buy the record here.