Song Of The Week: “January 16”

Song Of The Week: "January 16" featuring Ricki Wegner and Matt Blaque

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Music and lyrics: David Vargas
Featuring: Ricki Wegner (vocals), Matt Blaque (vocals), Stan Muncy (vibes)
Rhythm: Mark Rickey (keyboards), Charlie Channel (bass), Collette d’Almeida (drums), Stan Muncy (percussion)


What They’re Saying…
A tribute to a beloved mother and grandmother, Jesusa Estrada Cerezo. Ironically the only track where the Bossa beat is almost hidden, this is the most Pop sounding and modern track on the album. Could be easily placed within the 70s and 80s R n’ B and Pop Soul of these eras’ superstars. Lovely end to an intriguing album.

Andrew Goodwin
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Song Of The Week: “Views From My Window”

Song Of The Week: "Views From My Window" featuring D-Varg and Matt Blaque

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Music and lyrics: John Vargas and David Vargas
Featuring: D-Varg (rap vocals), Matt Blaque (vocals), John Lewis (tenor sax), Gil Cohen (flugelhorn).  Horns arranged by Tom Povse
Rhythm: Mark Rickey (keyboards), Charlie Channel (bass), Collette d’Almeida (drums), Stan Muncy (percussion), Jay Midnight (DJ scratches)


What They’re Saying…
A mass fusion of styles incorporating Hip Hop, Jazz and a little R n’ B but still keeping that minimal Bossa drumbeat. Experimental and in some ways reminds of me of some of Prince’s mid 80s phase with orchestration, electronics and Jazz mixes.

Andrew Goodwin
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Song Of The Week: “San Juan Island Sunset”

Song Of The Week: "San Juan Island Sunset" featuring Oshra Sedan

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Music and lyrics: John Vargas
Featuring: Oshra Sedan (vocals), Tom Povse (flute), Gil Cohen (flugelhorn)
Strings: Matthew Szemela (violin), Mads Tolling (violin), Emily Onderdonk (viola) and Lewis Patzner (cello); Strings arranged by Stan Muncy
Rhythm: Mark Rickey (keyboards), Tony Song (guitar), Charlie Channel (bass), Collette d’Almeida (drums), Stan Muncy (percussion); Horns arranged by Tom Povse


What They’re Saying…
A real Latin-influenced Jazz track. Brings up images of sitting on a beach with not a care in the world, not only just brought up by the title of the track. The horns and strings make this a happy little track that gives you a good feeling of well being.

Andrew Goodwin
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Song Of The Week: “Fly Away”

Song Of The Week: "Fly Away" featuring Nikki Rey and Mr Mego

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Music and lyrics: John Vargas
Featuring: Nikki Rey (vocals), Mr Mego (ukelele)
Rhythm: Mark Rickey (keyboards), Tony Song (guitar), Charlie Channel (bass), Collette d’Almeida (drums), Stan Muncy (percussion)


What They’re Saying…
This upbeat Pop/Jazz track fills the listener with a cool, relaxed summer sensation. This time there is a Hawaiian element in the sound and you feel your head nodding to that Bossa beat and see yourself under a parasol drinking cocktails. A really lovely song.

Andrew Goodwin
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Song Of The Week: “Right Next To Me”

Song Of The Week: "Right Next To Me" featring D-Varg and Matt Blaque

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Music and lyrics: John Vargas and David Vargas
Featuring: Matt Blaque (vocals), D-Varg (rap vocals), Tony Song (guitar)
Rhythm: Mark Rickey (keyboards), Charlie Channel (bass), Collette d’Almeida (drums), Stan Muncy (percussion)


What They’re Saying…
The album opens with a medium paced Samba crossover with a big summery vibe.  It is a fun, bright and breezy number with hints of Michael Jackson (“Off The Wall” era) and Gloria Estefan’s Miami Sound Machine.  D-Varg’s rapping gives it an updated appeal to younger listeners who may not have heard music like this before.

Andrew Goodwin
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