With over 130 releases on their Imagenes label over the last decade, Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel have notched up an impressive musical catalogue including collabs with UK soul icon, Omar, the Andre Espeut Quintet, and their own Boogie Magic and The Boogie Man releases. 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, Louie Vega, Lakuti 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, Dave Lee, Dimitri From Paris, Atjazz, Opolopo and Jose Padilla (RIP) delivering wonderful remixes.
One of London’s most effusive champions of latin-infused music Jorge Montiel has just started a new DJ residency at The Maine in Mayfair bi-monthly on Saturdays alongside his residencies at El Pastor in Soho and Kings Cross locations.
1. “17 Days” – Prince
We all wanna be Prince!His feel and sensibility for the music was something so unique.
2. “Sing About Love” – Tee Mango
Loving that locking electro-funky beat, very Kiss… the influence is everywhere!
3. “You’re The One” – Kaytranada
Kaytranada is always so natural at combining that Electro Boogie / R & B feel… always awesome stuff.
4. “Say the Word” Atjazz Remix · Kraak & Smaak
Soulful deepness at its best and loving the falsetto flow. The original vibe is awesome too.
5. “Down in the Basement“ Ursula 1000 Remix – Basement Freaks
When it comes to Nu Electro Funky joints, Jalapeno Records are always so spicy! The P influence is there again and is always alive!
6. “Power Lunch” – Har Mar Superstar
Loving the video! It’s hilarious! Also loving the lowrider electronic funky vibes.
7. “The Genevan Heathen” Soul Clap’s Toned Like Loc Mix – Love My Life feat. Amy Douglas
Fun vocal story, and the bass line is just a flow.
8. “Erotic City” – Prince
Prince was always such a forward-thinking visionary. A sound that will always sound advanced to any generation.A legacy that will remain through time forever and ever.
9. “Sex Judas” – All Good Junkies
The bassline!!!!! is everything here! Groove!
10. “Nightclubbing” Jorge Montiel & Juan Laya Neo Funk Remix – Funky Magnetic & Del Blake
Loving Del’s Blake vocal crossover on this which is somehow reminiscent of Grace Jones’ delivery on her original version but taken into that Nu Electro Funk direction. The keys and bass are just a funky heaven!
“Nightclubbing by Funky Magnetic & Del Blake is released on Imagenes Recordings on Friday January 27th.