Infusing tropical vibes and electronic grooves to reflect the vivid ever evolving Latin American soundscape is the fresh musical excursion ‘Electropical’ as synthesized by London based producers, Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel. ‘Electropical’ – one word, one sound that distills a melting pot of authentic Latin anthems, jazzy grooves, disco infused songs and Balearic sounds all processed in HD for an immersive experience which explores the colorful influences of the Caribbean, vast Amazonian dimensions and beyond. Its heart-warming journey is a highly seductive experience that further enhances the mood with repeated play.
‘Electropical’ sees Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel (best known for their Los Charlys Orchestra albums and tracks) re-imagine some of the most emblematic tracks from the Latin music world including ‘‘Manduco’ and ‘Fruta Fresca’ as well unveiling new material including an awesome jazzy Latin Disco version of the millennial summer anthem ‘Pasilda’. Playful sounds and organic grooves are carefully balanced with a subtle ‘Electropical’ touch to forge a natural expression of fusion – a perspective that has characterized the work of Juan & Jorge for more than a decade now.
From the impressive folk-inspired Todd Terje favorite, ‘Cumbanchero’ (included on his Radio 1 Essential Mix) to the raw percussive style of ‘Tambor Urbano’ ‘Electropical’ elegantly weaves into its textures the primal drums, rippling jazz guitar, undulating bass and unique sounds such as vibraphone, Peruvian pan flute and congas conjuring the roots of Latin music in ‘Electropical’ style. This unique sonic landscape forges an intimate connection.
Flag-bearers for contemporary Latin-infused sounds London/Venezuelan production duo, Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel, celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2017 by joining forces with the soul legend, Omar on ‘It’s So/History’ alongside classic cuts such as ‘All Around The World’, ‘Everlasting Love’ & ‘Sunshine’.
“The best stuff I’ve heard this year so far, very well elaborated, so fresh & sophisticated. It fits perfectly the Balearic scene. On my set for this summer ahead 100%!”
Jose Padilla, Cafe Del Mar
Angelica Rincon – Vox, Alejandro Martinez – Congas, Andre Espeut – Vox, Carlos Saldana Kentiqena – Perubian Flute, Eikel Venegas – Trumpet, Grahan Mushnik – Accordion, George Malamas – Bass, Jon Desbrulais – Drums, Kiris Houston – Keys, Maria Rivas – Vox, Matheus Nova – Bass, Marcelo Andrade – Flute & Sax, Raphael Delfino – Guitar & Percussion, Zeu Azevedo – Accordion, Xantone Blacq – Vibraphone.
Produced by Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel.