Single Of The Week: Los Charly’s Orchestra feat. Xantoné Blacq – All Around The World (Vocal Version) (Imagenes Recordings)
Let the music(ians) speak for one of the most boiling hot jams we’ve happened to listen to for a while. There’s something of both Azymuth, Players Association and Earth, Wind & Fire on this. Which should give a short view as to what ‘All Around The World’ is about as a matter of fact. And if not, let’s start with a killer slapped bassline. To which we add an irresistible horn session then some firing Cuban-influenced percussion. This with Xantoné Blacq singing his heart out. And there we go, ready to clap our hands, stomp our feet and dance our ass off ’till the morning light.
Let’s get ready to rumble. All aboard, around that world! That’s all we want at the end…
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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.