Sunlightsquare - 5 Trax That Changed My Life
London resident Claudio Passavanti aka Sunlightsquare is long established producer, pianist and DJ. His Latin Jazz & Soul music gets great support from DJs like Gilles Peterson, Louie Vega, Jazzie B, Tony Humphries, Joey Negro and radio stations such as Jazz FM and the BBC. Along with productions release on his own Sunlightsquare Records, his projects have also featured on respected labels like Open Bar Music, Wah Wah 45s & Staff Productions.
1) Kraftwerk – Spacelab
I was 6 and I saw 4 red robots-like people on national TV. They made a sound I never heard before. I pestered my mother until she caved in and got me a vinyl of “The Man Machine”. I got obsessed with A2 and wouldn’t stop playing it. Sometimes I would turn the lights off, balance small helium balloons in mid air attaching a piece of Lego to them, and then I would illuminate them with a small torch light to simulate the planets in space! I started playing music and playing with my toys then and I haven’t stopped yet.
2) Rockets – On The Road Again
During the same winter also these bald silver guys popped up on TV. They looked even more terrifying then the Kraftwerk. But their music was so outlandish and repetitive that I had love them. And by that time of course I was completely hooked to the sound of the Vocoder, even though I didn’t know what it was called then. I can see how the huge horns and strings on this track affected me.
3) Miles Davis – Tutu
I was still in high school and I was already working in a recording studio as a computer programmer (Atari ST running Cubase 1.0 yesss). I was interested in Jazz but I had nobody around to show me the way until a friend handed me a Maxell cassette tape with just 4 big letters written on it: TUTU. I finally had encountered the epitome of cool. My life would never be the same again.
4) Johnny Blas – Picadillo (Carl Craig’s Breakdown Version)
It was January 2005 and I was in New York. That night I finished recording my first Sunlightsquare album at Avatar and somebody invited me to the Nu Blu. I walked into the club and the DJ was playing this Carl Craig tune. The way the cowbell sample was sitting on the electronic beat was so incredible. I was mesmerized. That was it: my next album was gonna have a Latin vibe. I ended up dancing all night and I was a bit off my face. And I got lucky that night ;-) Woo hoo!!!
5) Don Blackman – Heart’s Desire
Music is too much! Some tracks land on you only years later then they should have. I was already living in London when I first heard this in a club in the East End. What a killer beat. What a monumental piano solo, What a tune! I eventually recorded my own Sunlightsquare version of it. But I don’t think I got this melody out of my head yet.