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July 4, 2005

Devil In My Shoes by Hey Negrita

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Singer songwriter Felix has lived a life full of highs and lows, with emphasis on the lows. Heroin dependant, close friends and family suffering tragic deaths (including Paula Yates) and drifting between London and Florida in a drug induced daze, Felix used his excessive experiences to write Nashville influenced country staples of love and loss. When Hugo ‘3 Horse’ Heimann teamed up with Felix, Hey Negrita was formed releasing the album ‘We Are Catfish’ from which this ‘Devil In My Shoes’ single comes.

Inspired by the dark vision of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Tom Waits, Hey Negrita play acoustic songs with Hammond organs. ‘Devil In My Shoes’ is the more upbeat of the two tracks on the single; it’s a countrified, measured Southern Rock sing-a-long with whisky soaked vocals. The more restrained, slower ‘One Mississippi’ suits Felix’s heartfelt vocal delivery, and you can feel his life’s pains seeping from the dark atmosphere. Lacking any real melody, the song hangs on the repeating “one Mississippi, one Mississippi” phrase which succeeds in execution. Overall, a high quality couple of songs, displaying enough authenticity to satisfy.

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