These two EPs by world music luminaries Omar Sosa and Greg Landau are part of Six Degrees Records’ Emerging Artists series. Both are released digitally only.
The two musicians are masters at weaving unrelated international musical styles. Day Off EP 1 begins with a collage of turntablism, piano and electronics. It is followed by electronic dub reggae. Things take a turn with track three, "Women of the City," which begins with funky beats that transform into Indian tabla and frenzied Bhangra drumming. The EP ends with rapping in Spanish, seductive belly dance drums, a dose of funk, and Afro-Cuban grooves.
Day Off EP 2 is even better. The opening track "Lyadecita," combines global electronica with jazz, Cuban son, and a variety of vocals and sound effects. This is followed by the intricate ambiance of Llorona, which has Mexican and rock influences.
"Osain" sounds like a cinematic trip throughout the African Diaspora in the Americas. Sosa and Landau mix African American singing with African vocals, Brazilian drumming, American jazz piano, and Cuban influences.
"Report Weather" is a play with words that seems to be inspired by the work of the great keyboardist Joe Zawinul, the founder of Weather Report. It features excellent synthesizer and echoing electric piano work.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.