For over a decade, Ray Lugo has crisscrossed the globe bringing his punky afro grooves to countless audiences as leader and singer of New York powerhouse Kokolo, a mainstay on the global music scene through their extensive discography and consistent touring.
In 2012, the ever-prolific Lugo debuts his first solo album, “We Walk Around Like This”, welcoming the sounds of Bahia, Lagos, Kingston, San Juan, and Harlem all under one umbrella and echoing Lugo’s eclectic tastes.
The Bahia Love EP gives us a tasty preview of what the album holds in store, with two tracks destined for replay on your system. The sultry "I Dream Of Bahia" kicks things off and transports the listener on a delightful voyage to the mythical city of rhythm. Brazilian newcomer Elani convincingly demonstrates why she was the perfect added ingredient to an already flavorful tune. On the flip side we find another captivating vocalist in the form of the lovely Roxie Ray, one of Australia´s finest soul exports. Miss Ray commands the listener´s attention throughout "Love Me Good", a pulsating serpent of a track, and her performance leaves no doubt great things await her in the coming years.
Another highlight of the EP are remixes by French prodigy Simbad and Jazz & Milk´s very own Dusty. A dynamic part of Gilles Peterson´s ´Brownswood´ imprint, London based producer Simbad is recognized for his progressive yet soulful productions. His take on "Love Me Good" displays the significant role the studio veteran has played in the UK’s music and club scene over the years. Jazz & Milk label head Dusty gets support from his soulmate, Bartellow – currently one of Munich’s most talented producers and musicians. The pair deftly retain the melodic soulfulness of "I Dream Of Bahia" yet refresh it with bass-heavy and synth driven instrumentation, thus bringing the Brazilian charm back to modern, electronic dancefloors.