At South By Southwest in Texas a couple of weeks ago I stumbled on a few bands and artists I'm looking forward to hearing more from. The Whip out of Manchester UK was really good live. In fact, the bands current studio recordings almost do them a disservice as they simply don't capture the live feel of this band.

Another artist I would have liked to have seen live but missed is Duffy. She's newcomer from Wales that is currently busting up the UP charts with the mowtown injected hit, Mercy.

Released this month in the US Duffy's CD, Rockferry, sounds like something that could have been produced in Detroit in the 60s. 1 part Dusty Springfield, 1 part The Ronnettes and 1 part Amy Winehouse, pre rehab.

The CD has a few good tracks that showcase Duffy's vocals but at times feels contrived and almost too derivative of mowtown riffs such as "My Girl" and others.

At any rate, Duffy has a little spark that will put her on the musical map in 2008.

My fascination with phase started when I heard Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces for the first time. I played it over and over until the 45 could take no more. About a minute into the song during the bridge the lyrics invite the wooshing effect created by two identical sources just milliseconds apart.

"I feel inclined to blow my mind,Get hung up, feed the ducks with a bun...They all come out to groove about, Be nice and have fun in the sun" at the end of the song the phase continues. I defy you to find a more groovy 60s track. Of course Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles is the greatest psychedelic track of all time with an opening verse more seductive than any drug, "Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream." But Itchycoo park would have been the theme song to Ferris Bueler's Day Off if that movie had been made about twenty years earlier