Single Of The Week: LCO feat. Omar – History (John Morales M+M Rework) (Imagenes Recordings)
You might remember we welcomed LCO‘s ‘History’ as our Single Of The Week. Well, a few months have gone since. And it pretty much looks like we’re goin’ for an encore with this reworked version. With vet DJ/producer John Morales givin’ it an irresistible Boogie feel. Meanwhile, more or less bringin’ us back to the souvenir Jamiroquai‘s Discoish experimentations such as ‘Little L’ or ‘Love Foolosphy’. All in all serving as the ideal environment for Omar‘s stand out vocal delivery. And, in the meantime, remaining true to the original spirit on its production.
One could think ‘History’ is repeating itself as a matter of fact. And it pretty much does at the end. Although in a different context which evolves along with time. In other words, nothing but the proper of… History. Don’t you think?
Traxsource. Release date: Nov. 10, 2017.
– 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.
– Bronx, NY-born John Morales has worked on creating hit records for the better part of 30 years. As a DJ, he played spots like Stardust Ballroom, the Limelight and the infamous Studio 54.
Like many of his alter egos in the 70’s, John ventured into the studio more through need than necessity. Being a DJ, he needed to get more out of the records he was spinning. There, he would produce medleys and do remixes because the records in those days were too short.
His now infamous Deadly Medleys and Sunshine Acetate Medleys brought him to attention of New York Disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams who were impressed by the hunger and desire of the self-taught engineer.
A meeting at New York’s influential WBLS radio station got him to croos the path of Sergio Munzibai who worked as musical director alongside Frankie Crocker.
The twosome turned themselves into the most prolific remixing unit from then. M&M Productions have dropped over 650 mixes. With Class Action, Jocelyn Brown, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and The Commodores standing among those they worked with.
In fact, Morales & Munzibai retouched just about every major artist of the day back then.