Having released over 100 releases on their Imagenes label over the last decade, Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel’s impressive musical projects include collabs with UK soul icon, Omar, Andre Espeut’s Quintet, as well as side projects including Boogie Magic and The Boogie Man. Building their reputation on classic cuts such as ‘All Around The World’, ‘Everlasting Love’ & ‘Sunshine’, Juan and Jorge’s A List supporters include Radio 1’s Pete Tong, BBC 6’s Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles’ as well as Jazz FM. Their latin-infused grooves can be found on best-selling compilations including 2020’s ‘Cafe Del Mar’ edition, Defected Records, Expansions and Universal with esteemed producers John Morales, Joey Negro, Dimitri From Paris, Jose Padilla and Opolopo delivering wonderful remixes.
One of London’s most effusive champions and lynchpin of the latin music scene, Jorge Montiel is Resident DJ at El Pastor, Soho August 13th; Resident DJ on Thursdays at the Latin Lounge at Annabel’s club in Mayfair and is a longstanding Resident DJ of the Barrio bars. He is also about to start a monthly podcast with CDM radio.
‘Amazonas Secret Kingdom’ – Electropical Pt 4 EP – Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel
This Is a very special song for us as we originally made the demo about 20 years ago… (1st or 2nd year after arriving to London), so apart from those early London memories I feel that this track also depicts quite accurately the scenery from my homeland and those early years of my life when we used to travel down south to explore the Amazon region with our old friends.
‘Mano Mano’ – Suka
The production and feel of this track is stunning and I’m really loving the space and motion of the production.
‘Tunis Dream’ – Anchorsong
Really loving most of the stuff from this lot, it’s sooo naturally organic and has such a lovely flow.
‘Photosynthesizer’ – Reuben Vaun Smith
This is such a quality analogue Balearic groover, really well cut and put together. It’s just lovely.
‘Bermuda’ – Harvey Sutherland
In a similar way as the previous track the analogue grain is amazing on Harvey’s stuff, but also the Jazz-Funk / Electronic crossover point is so well balanced.
‘Cathedrals’ – D.C. LARUE ( Maurice Fulton Remix)
Immaculate work from Mr Fulton here.
‘Love & Light’ Awkward Corners Life & Death Mix – Feat. Dan Jose & Dekoe
Pure soulful deepness. A great production and it’s just a flow…
‘Rose Rouge’ Atjazz Aart Remix – St Germain
One of my favourite tracks ever and certainly a challenge to improve but Martin Atjazz really nailed it on this, and it works so well.
‘Incapable’ The Reflex Revision – Roisin Murphy
Does it get any better than this?
‘Fly Away’ Seamus Haji Edit – Los Charly’s Orchestra
Such a clean spotless mix from Seamus on this that really pushed the original track to its optimum level. One of our lockdown classics from 2020… thanks good that we have the music to keep us going through this period!
‘Electropical Part 4 EP’ by Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel featuring Collabs and Remixes from Oyobi & Kiris Houston is out on Imagenes Recordings on July 30th.