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Sunlightsquare - Oyelo
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£3.49

Sunlightsquare

Oyelo

Sunlightsquare Records

Released: 7th July 2017 | 5 track house single

Sunlightsquare's first single of 2017, Oyelo, is a mixture of Jazz, Cuban and House music in its most authentic form. Starting with moody latin-jazz piano and sun-drenched live percussion played by master percussionist Giovanni Imparato, the track is driven by the classic house beat of the TR-909 - the legendary 1980's drum machine. Ronnie Scott's resident Cuban singer Rene Alvarez delivers the impassioned vocals, followed by the main man Claudio Passavanti's heated Montuno piano riffs, which combine seamlessly to create a blissful, dance-floor experience. It's a perfect marriage of organic grooves, lush beats and soulful vocals, joining the dots between different generations of latin dance music.

For the B side, London based, Japanese producer Kay Suzuki transformed the original track into his signature psychedelic journey in 2 parts. His By The Sea Mix takes you to the Havana beach with its synthesiser generated waves & seagulls right from the intro. The stripped-down beats and vocals are smoothly laid out with warm analogue synth textures, giving more space to Claudio's tasteful latin-jazz keyboard improvisations.

In contrast, the Drum Dub goes to the opposite side of the spectrum, all the musical elements have been removed, focusing solely on the live percussion and the raw TR-909 beat, all dubbed out with tape delays for a classic cosmic dub treatment.

Short Bio:

Critically acclaimed Jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist & bandleader Claudio Passavanti aka. Sunlightsquare has been associated with Latin & Cuban music since his top selling vinyl releases such as I Believe In Miracles(2010), Pastime Paradise(2010) and Heart's Desire(2012) as well as producing the main title of the soundtrack on the feature film Cuban Fury (Studio-Canal/Film4) starring Nick Frost (2014). Claudio's talent also extends to house music production with the 2016 Osunlade's Yoruba Soul Records release Celebration Of Oggun, as well as his remix work for Gilles Peterson's Brownwood Recordings.

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Vocals: Rene Alvarez

Piano Keyboards, Bass, Additional Backing Vocals: Claudio Passavanti

Percussion: Giovanni Imparato

Editing, Additional Mix: Kay Suzuki

By The Sea and Drum Dub Remixed by Kay Suzuki

Produced by Claudio Passavanti

2017 Sunlightsquare Records Ltd. All Rights Reserved

"love the new EP!!! Classic. RESPECT."
Osunlade, Yoruba Soul Records
"Oh wow, wonderful record."
Hunee, Rush Hour Recordings
"I will be playing this one for sure. Hopefully there is more to come. Respect !!!"
Ron Trent, Prescription
"Loving this! afro cuban jazz with the perfect pinch of electronica"
DJ Spinna, Wonder-full
"Just perfect... Always..."
Atjazz, ARCo
"Sunlightsquare always bringing that proper dancefloor flavor, Oyeloooo!!"
Jose Marquez, Fania/Tribe Records
"Love Kay Suzuki mix"
Colleen Cosmo Murphy, Classic Album Sundays / Lucky Cloud Sound System
"Bravo Claudio, top quality, nice vibes for this summer"
Kiko Navarro, BBE
"Isn't this delightful?"
Bradley Zero, Rhythm Section / NTS Radio
"it's a beast. record of the year for me so far, it's soooo good. People go nuts over it. Really massive well done"
John Gómez, Rush Hour / Music From Memory