Transilvanians, the 7-piece band from Vigo, the city at the world’s end (as the legend says about the Romans who feared the Atlantic devouring the sun everyday at nightfall), has a new 7-inch out “Two Fireworks in Hi-Fi”: thanks to their collaboration with the Berlin-based Tropical Diaspora Records.
This is the fourth 7-inch of their career, a fifth one will come out soon!, in addition to two full-length albums. We already talked about their second full-length, “Echo, Vibes & Fire”, in our Vinyl of the Week Vol.8. Not bad for a 12 years musical career that, we hope, will last much much longer.
This is a high quality R&B Jamaican style record, a truly high-fidelity ‘firework’, classy and fine-tuned performed by a band that knows exactly how to achieve the kind of contemporary black sound they are chasing after.
The record includes two killers versions in R&B Jamaican style of Clarence Henry and Laurel Aitken.
The A-side includes a version of the acclaimed “Boogie In My Bones” by the great Laurel Aitken, a 1960 number one Jamaican hit. It is somehow representative of Aitken’s transition from mento and ’50s American R&B to ska. Transilvanians have created a stylish genuine boogie-woogie dancefloor hit that keeps on Aitken’s early RnB style, now embellished with the smoothy vocals of Javier Marcos masterly accompanied by the steady sound of Vieitez’s boogie piano.
The B-side is a version of “Ain’t Got No Home”, the debut hit of the New Orleans-born RnB singer and pianist Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Transilvanias slows down Frogman’s frenetic beat producing an elegant Jamaican style highly danceable ska version, this time with the brass and the solo guitar taking the leading part.
But it isn’t everything about music. Don’t miss the album’s cover. Transilvanians have again put their trust in Roberto Argüelles for the cover’s design. Roberto never lets you down. Playing with Transilvanians’ well-known love of horror B movies and sci-fi trash he has created a Transivanians’ version of Stevenson’s treasure island, this time with two vampire-like pirates getting their much sought-after shiny reward while in the background a smoking volcano is about to play its part in this musical firecracker.
Let yourself be transformed into a music-sucking bat, and this 7-inch will be your reward!
Tropical Diaspora® Records by Dj Dr.Sócrates
Transilvanians is a seven piece band from Vigo town (Galiza, Spanish State) formed in 2004. Band members come from different music styles and adventures, all of them focused in black sounds and also sci-fi & horror movies. Their music style has been defined as martian funk, refreshing rocksteady, groovy soul, horror reggae, dub or Jamaican R&B, a sound that they have carried all over the spanish geography as well as some European countries like Belgium, France, Germany, Holland or Portugal. They have released two successful full length albums besides of four 7″ and some compilation appearances. But they are also a professional backing band working oftenly with some Jamaican legends like Roy Ellis (a.k.a. Mr. Symarip, with whom they have also recorded in the studio in 2012), Winston Francis, Yvonne Harrison or Roy Panton.
ALBUM OUT NOW! MP3 AND VINYL BY TROPICAL DIASPORA® RECORDS
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