Premiere: Sunlightsquare – Oyelo (Kay Suzuki By The Sea Mix)

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Seagulls and waves hitting the shore set the scene. Slowly, percussion and piano stabs swell from beneath the water and transport you to a Cuban beach and before you know it you’ve bought a Cuba Libre and you hips are starting to shake.

Claudio Passavanti aka Sunlightsquare has long been associated with this corner of the world, having worked on tracks for Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura project. This release sees him collaborating with Ronnie Scotts’ famed vocalist, Rene Alvarez, and our pick is reworked by the London-based Kay Suzuki. He strips back the TR-909 and 4/4 rhythm from the original, giving it a sparser, more irregular atmosphere and creates something you might play to turn heads at a Sunday garden BBQ or warm up for Hunee or Antal.

Oyelo EP is out 7th July – buy from the Sunlightsquare website, Juno or Red Eye. If you’re after more sounds from the sea, Kay has just made a new Diggin’ By The Sea mix, using only tracks that feature coastal tones. 

Kay Suzuki appears at Rhythm Section x Infusions at Corsica Studios (30th June) alongside Session Victim, Wax’o Paradiso, Lakuti, Bradley Zero and Esa. Catch him at Farr Festival (13th-16th July) on the Brilliant Corners stage, alongside Brian Not Brian, Jonny Rock, Donna Leake and Debora Ipekel. 

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