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 Alvarezdelivers 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.
Critically acclaimed Jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist & bandleader Claudio Passavanti aka Sunlightsquare has been associated with Latin & Cuban music since his vinyl releases such as “I Believe In Miracles”, “Pastime Paradise” and “Heart’s Desire” 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 Brownswood Recordings.
“Oyelo” releases July 7, 2017 on Sunlightsquare Records