Single Of The Week: Los Charly’s Orchestra feat. Xantoné Blacq – All Around The World Remix (Imagenes Recordings)
You regular on these shores should know how both Los Charly’s Orchestra and Opolopo stand among our favorite. It is to say how excited we got at the perspective of their meeting as a matter of fact. And of course how it could sound like… Well, the result is simply phenomenal. With Opolopo bringing this Latin Jazz/Funk jewel which we welcomed (too) as our Single Of The Week a few months ago to some other territories…
For this to happen, he has injected stellar synths lines, key parts and a rumblin’ bassline. In other words, the kind of ingredients one could find on Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi‘s arrangements back in the heydays of Change and BB&Q Band. Givin’ the whole a blowing modern Disco/Funk feel!
Both the original and this All Around The World Remix have their own interest, don’t you think?
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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.