First Listen! Los Charly’s Orchestra feat. Andre Espeut – Sunshine (Vocal Version) (Imagenes Recordings)
Sunshine is most definitely what one can expect while listening to blowing gem. With no offense to anyone, though rare are the acts/groups that have such a musiciality these days! Nuff reasons to pay once more our props to Jorge Montiel and Juan Laya. Two London-based Venezuelan producers who’ve managed to keep the jam alive. Meanwhile comin’ up with a cohort of first class musicians.
With Andre Espeut takin’ the lead vocals, ‘Sunshine’ is another corker of theirs. Built up on an insane Funk bass driven rhythm pattern scattered with killer horn riffs and Disco string lines. At the crossroad between Earth, Wind & Fire and Jamiroquai as a matter of fact. The groove is most likely gonna get you.
As a result, I suppose you don’t wanna miss this. Do you?
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– London-based Venezuelan producers Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel formed Los Charly’s Orchestra (LCO) by the early mid-2000’s. They most likely created the sensation while blending the Boogie Disco sound of the 70’s with a serious Latin live perspective. Somehow reminding of Nuyorican Soul to a certain extend.
Among their regular members, one can find singers Andre Espeut and Elpidio Alegria. But also Brazilian bass players Matheus Nova and George Malamas. Not to mention Milt Mavrakakis (keyboards) Phil Stevenson (guitar) and Joe Thomas (piano). Meanwhile Tony Trobony and Paul Batik are responsible for the horns, along with John Desbrulais and Mike McKenzie on drums and Wilmer Sifontes on percussion.
Putting out their music on their own label (Imagenes Recordings), they released 2 albums to date. Building up their reputation on a bunch of timeless gems. From ‘Music For The Soul’ to their cover version of Johnny Colón‘s ‘Merecumbe’ and ‘Everlasting Love’. Not to mention ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Groove On’ although by the likes of LCO‘s heads Laya and Montiel. But also ‘All Around The World’. With the same applying to its remix courtesy of Opolopo. More recently teamin’ up with Omar to celebrate their 10th Birthday with ‘It’s So / History’ due for release on June 16, 2017. With the latter resurfacing in October that same year with remixing work by the likes of John Morales.
Meanwhile, the band has played in some of the key musical spots of the UK & the rest of the world such as Clore Ballroom (Royal Festival Hall), Lovebox Festival, Jazz Cafe, and Blue Marlin.