Review: Venezuela's Juan Laya and London's Jorge Montiel only put out their first 'Electropical' collection of Latin-infused jazz, funk and disco grooves last year and now here we are, up to Part 3 already! Across the EP's seven tracks, the pair - also known collectively as Los Charly's Orchestra - explore various musical pastures from the upbeat and summery ('Sexmachina', the Club Mix of 'Spacial Paradise') to the more contemplative and cinematic ('Kalimba Variations', 'San Juan' feat Grupo Madera), ending on an African-inspired note with the Afro-Funk Mix of 'Spacial Paradise'). Will no doubt be big for the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Snowboy.
Review: Two members of excellent Latin funk band Los Charly's Orchestra, namely Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel, get it together on this upfront Northern Soul smash featuring the husky ones of Cathy Edgar. Built around raw beats, jazzy piano riffs and steadily-building brass, they nail the spirits of Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson and the wider JB's family here perfectly for this summery soul stomper that comes with a handy instrumental and an epic six minute extended version.