Victor Davies – Sound Of The Samba

Artist: Victor Davies
Title: Sound Of The Samba (Purist Version) / Sound Of The Samba (Afroquartet Version) / Sound Of The Samba (Accoustic Interlude)
Cat No: JCR 018-1
Format: 12″

Quotes: All very cool and jazzy and trendy as f**k  Mixmag Magazine / a rising star in Latin Jazz circles  Hitlist Magazine

Info: The music of Victor Davies comprises a multi-coloured patchwork of Latin jazz, folk and heartfelt soul all gelled together with a complete understanding of great songwriting. Born in London’s East End, Victor was signed to his first major publishing deal in the early 90′s on his songwriting ability alone but he quickly found the pressure from his publishers to make commercial dance music was not a direction he wanted to follow. As a result of a chance listening of some of Victor’s acoustic demos by Mike Slocombe (People Records) ‘Runaway Train’ was released on a People sampler. This acoustic ballad utilising Victor’s unique guitar style and soothing vocals immediately created widespread interest in the singer/songwriter who appeared to have come from nowhere. At the same time it was being talked about as a cult classic. The follow up ‘Brother’ was released on Flipside. Again, all instruments were played by Victor and produced in his own studio. Included on the the single was a Bougie Soliterre remix giving it that distinct West London sound. The release caused a great stir resulting in live radio sessions on GLR and Kiss FM as well as festival dates. ‘Lady Luck’ was then released on Afro Gigolo. An up tempo Latin track that further established him as a formidable talent. The last release on Afro Gigolo was ‘Better Place’, which comprises a full string section and brass, and two excellent club mixes. This social comment on the world can be described as nothing other than pure class. This 12” features the track “Sound Of The Samba” in 2 different arrangements. Nathan Haines, who recently released his superb debut album on Chilli Funk plays the flute on this track. Victor Davies’ forthcoming album will be out soon on JCR. You should try to catch Victor Davies live in concert – a truly fantastic performance and show.

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