“Last Summer” is the song that will catapult Andrew Rayel from clubland royalty into the pop music arena. This song is a breakthrough.
Smooth. Soulful. Solid. With vocals that flow like warm, thick honey, Jake Torrey’s singing voice is smoother than black lava stones worn velvety with time. Folksy, yet every ounce soulful, Torrey’s intonation draws you in. Andrew Rayel and Fernando Garibay’s expert production emphasize the guitar sequences so finely that the intimate sound of fingers gliding over acoustic guitar-strings feels like a secret between artist and listener. Andrew Rayel & Garibay ft Jake Torrey’s “Last Summer” (Armada Music) is out now.
Milky and suave are operative words to describe Andrew Rayel & Fernando Garibay featuring Jake Torrey’s “Last Summer.” This pop song – and it is very much a popsong, unlike the more ‘underground’ electronic dance music Rayel has been known for – is exquisitely balanced. The vocals, though sung delicately and with sensitivity, are lovingly placed up front in the mix. With Garibay on a song, the production is expected to be amazing. When the song enters the chorus and the bassline kicks-in, “Last Summer” really takes flight. The second verse builds with a finely syncopated beat and a stimulating bassline that differentiates it from the first verse. This song is a revelation.
About Fernando Garibay
Fernando Garibay, or simply Garibay, is a GRAMMY®-winning American record producer and songwriter known for his work on The Fame Monster with Lady Gaga (winner of the “Best Pop Vocal Album” at the 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010), as well as for his work with U2, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and others. Sitting atop a length discography and a number of international hit records – including five U.S. “#1” records and several “Top 10” dance records on the Billboard charts – Garibay is constantly pushing his own artistic boundaries as is seen by his recent collaborations with Armin van Buuren (“I Need You” featuring Olaf Blackwood) and more recently, with Andrew Rayel (“Last Summer” featuring Jake Torrey).
About Andrew Rayel
Hailed by Armin van Buuren as “the future of trance music,” Andrew Rayel (real name: Andrei Rata) is a classically trained electronic dance music DJ and producer from Moldova often referred to as the “modern-day Mozart.” As a DJ, Rayel exudes an unbridled enthusiasm for the music he plays and his onstage performances are electric and filled with physical energy. Drenched in a well-earned sweat after every set, Rayel earns his position as a bandleader, stirring up his crowds’ passion as much with his music selection as with his bodily vigor. He has DJ’d the world’s biggest festivals, including: Ultra Music Festival in Miami, TomorrowLand in Belgium and TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Stereosonic in Australia, Global Gathering in the UK and other countries, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Electric Zoo in New York, Transmission Festival in various countries, Ministry of Sound in the UK, Dreamstate in San Bernardino, Electronic Family in Amsterdam, Zoukout in Singapore and Together Festival in Thailand. Rayel is a regular on the lineup at various ASOT stages around the world. Nightclub performances include: Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas, Marquee and LAVO in New York, Academy in Los Angeles, Schimanski in Brooklyn, Ushuaïa Beach Club in Ibiza, Zouk in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Escape in Amsterdam, New City Gas in Montreal, Ministry of Sound in London and countless others.
A tastemaker who’s been operating on the frontier of electronic music for over twenty years, Thievery Corporation co-founder Rob Garza is without doubt a man with a unique musical perspective. Always aimed at connecting people through music, the San Francisco-based producer’s artistry allows for musical expression in its finest form and that’s exactly what his four-track solo release on Armada Music builds on.
Redefining the parameters of quality dance music, Rob Garza’s ‘Dissolve EP’ consists of four diverse, yet equally peerless productions. While first track ‘Dobruja’ offers a sense of mystery that coerces fans to feel music rather than “just” listen to it, ‘Your Calling’ calls upon colorful vocals and uplifting beats to blossom like a cherry tree in spring.
The third record on the EP, ‘Velvet Coffin’, adds a bit of darkness and foreboding to the EP with a pulsating bassline that could prove seminal in the future of music. And last but not least, title track ‘Dissolve’ does exactly what the entire EP has set out to do: to excite, surprise and globally connect lovers of dance music under one pivotal denominator.
Known best as one half of the legendary, Grammy-nominated electronic music duo Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza shifted to another part of the electronic music spectrum as a solo artist. Sporting a signature sound that borders on House and Nu-Disco with hints of other influences mixed in, he is – and will remain – a staple in the electronic music scene who continually offers a fresh perspective on today’s music, either through his solo work or under his joint Thievery Corporation moniker.
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Judging by the impact of his ‘Sweet Disposition Bootleg’ (almost 1.5 million views on YouTube alone), his breakthrough single ‘Out Of My System’ (over 60 million streams combined) and his buzzing live performances at festivals such as Pinkpop and Tomorrowland, Youngr is a man on a mission as well as a star on the rise. Bursting with peerless musicality as the son of famous Jazz musician Angus Darnell, he blows minds and drops jaws as easily as he whips up state-of-the-art bootlegs. Today, he lights up the world with his magic again; tried, tested and perfected during his many gigs across Europe, his bootleg of Phats & Small’s worldwide hit song ‘Turn Around’ emerges not only as a standout single, but also with a superb music video in ‘Sweet Disposition’ fashion.
Still instantly recognizable with the original’s lyrics and pop accessibility intact, Youngr’s take on the cult Stardust-style house track – a runner-up in the U.K. Singles chart back in 1999 – ensures nothing is lost in translation. Full of funky touches and striding chords, ‘Turn Around’ is stoked in tropical, EDM excitement while keeping its cool and proving its worth on the live front twenty times over.
Youngr: “I’ve always loved the original and Armada Music told me they wanted me to rework it for their 15-year anniversary. I was so excited! I’ve been playing this out live all summer long to get it just right and now it’s ready to be unleashed onto the world. I hope Phats & Small dig it!”
Phats & Small: “We were already big fans of his music and live shows, so we were super excited when we found out that Youngr had been working ‘Turn Around’ into his live sets and even more stoked when we heard Armada Music planned to release it. The results are what we expected from the master of melody and groove. We love it! Dude, we want to catch you doing this live!”
In the wake of the hyper-successful ‘Great Spirit’ (over 100 million streams
combined plus a gazillion plays at the world’s most popular festivals and radio shows), Armin van Buuren and Vini
Vici have joined forces again. Alongside Brazilian star DJ/producer Alok, who scored more than 300 million
streams with ‘Hear Me Now’ (with Bruno Martini, feat. Zeeba), and singer-songwriter Zafrir, they emerge with
brand-new single ‘United’ and its custom-made music video to unite the world of dance music.
In many ways the ideal successor of ‘Great Spirit’, ‘United’ merges the best from Armin van Buuren, Vini Vici and
Alok combined to make the intensity levels go off the charts. Laced even further by the energetic build, thrilling
staccato strings, Zafrir’s infectious chants and a monstrous bassline, ‘United’ will make the crowd jump and fistpump
together as one.
For the official music video of ‘United’, fans were asked to submit footage of themselves holding their country’s
flag at famous hotspots or big festivals, to show that music truly is a universal language that connects and unites
people from all over the world. With all of those fan entrees combined, it makes for a wonderful portrayal of a
world where only music matters, not race, origin or descent.
Hot on the heels of ‘Brave’ (feat. Mangal Suvarnan), Maor Levi returns to Armada Music with a brush of nostalgia. Merging sounds of old and new in a refreshing manner, ‘Vintage’ will make fans go nuts like they did back in the days.