Review: When it comes to offering up albums of carnival-ready Latin-soul, it could be argued that Gabriele Poso is in a league of his own. Certainly, his 2018 set for BBE, "Awakening" was superb, and this follow-up on Soundway is every bit as good. The South American influences - think samba, Azymuth sytle jazz-funk, Brazilian boogie, MPB etc - naturally catch the ear throughout, alongside his extensive use of warming synthesizers, sun-kissed electronics and his own voice, which seems to get richer and more seductive with each successive release. The quality threshold remains so high throughout that it's barely worth picking out highlights: it's literally 'all good', and you really should check out the album when you get a chance.
Review: Savages T Suefo are a larger than life Hungarian duo who recently saw their work remixed on one collection. Now, to address the balance we get another collection, Remixes Y Reworks, which sees the very best SYS remixes of others compiled onto one album. There is a whopping 15 tracks on here with plenty of thrills and spills included. Some of our faves being the sassy rag-time strut of "Wonder" by Anima Sound System, the slinky worldbeat grind of "Ait Oumrar" by WDR Big Band and the gently soulful reggae-pop of Marcel's "Make It Alone".
Review: It's becoming a sort of tradition with Italian artist, Gabriele Poso, to follow-up an original album with a remixed edition. Now, having dropped his Invocation album last month, a new version, Electric Invocation, duly arrives. The parent LP eschewed song titles for mere numbers, and nothing's changed there. What has changed though, are the textures, rhythms and sounds of the tracks, with 15 fresh remixers reworking as many tunes. Highlights include Opolopo's minimal aquatic house, the hazy, rippling sheen of Atjazz Astro and the percussive weirdness of Oveous.
Review: Italy's Gabriele Poso recently delivered his Roots Of Soul album, and such was the response, they've now decided to release a remix edition "A Night With You" is remixed by Yoruba twice: the house mix conjures up 70s Stevie Wonder with a pilled up salsa band (including over enthusiastic whistle blower) serenading diners in a open-air Euro restaurant. Their soul remix loses the heavy beats for a breezier rendition. Elsewhere, the Atjazz remix of the instrumental "Roots Of Soul" is classic Balearica and "With Me Come Fly (Dodi Palese)" is edgy trance with diva vocals.
Review: Italian singer Gabriele Poso has recorded with Nicola Conte and Osunlade, on whose Yoruba Soul label she released her debut album, From The Genuine World, in 2008. This second album picks off where that left off, offering sultry songs and summery soul steeped in afro-cuban rhythms, Spanish flamenco, sweaty salsa, breezy jazz and foot-tapping salsa. While occasionally earnest, it's largely an enjoyable journey, with glittering instrumentals (see "Dona Flor") complimenting the impressive range of songs on offer (Poso is equally adept at slow jams as uptempo floorfillers). There's also a decent collaboration with Osunlade, in the form of the super-soulful "You Don't Love Me".