Cy Gorman’s debut EP, ‘CARMEN’ draws on subtle flavours of Latin American music, Jazz and Soul, Chip and Glitc t Music. The EP draws on subtle flavours of Latin American music, Jazz and Soul, Chip and Glitch Music, retro 8-bit sounds and Bass, and minimal yet expressive harmonic, melodic and vocal colours to create an overall refreshingly unique sound.
Having been pronounced a 'tastemaker' by none other than über-tastemaker Gilles Peterson on his legendary BBC radio show, it was about time for Ennio Styles to get serious with his label Heard and Felt. Following the acclaimed download comps 'Stylin' 500' and 'Stylin' 600' (feat. Sampha, Amin Payne, Andras Fox, Fulgeance, Kirkis, RAah Project, etc), Ennio has turned to fellow Melbournian Cy Gorman for the first Heard and Felt physical and artist release, with LA's Daniel Crawford on the remix. Props for the record are already coming in across the continents from Jazzy Jeff, Gilles Peterson and Soil & Pimp Sessions, adding to Cy's existing supporters like Mixmag, Diesler, Beyondjazz, KCRW (LA) and JWAVE FM (Tokyo).
After laying down a highly unusual blend of latin, trap, G-funk and soul on a recent remix of London's Los Charly's Orchestra, Cy extends his palette further on Carmen. Drawing on his skills as composer, producer, pianist, saxophonist and vocalist, the sound ranges from the feelgood synth-funk of 'Cool Change' and 8-bit baroque beats of 'Carmen San Diego' to the leftfield bossa of 'The Wishing Well' and smoky jazz club vibes of 'RDJ'. This could be the soundtrack to a David Lynch film set in a mysterious Latin American location at a time which might be past, present or future.
Guests on Carmen include keyboard maestro Will Poskitt (RIP) and vocalist Gian Slater, whose credits include work with Australian jazz legends like Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers and Barney McAll. RDJ gets a remix from Daniel Crawford, whose current album features Amp Fiddler and Vikter Duplaix. Daniel adds a warm and soulful touch, recalling the days of George Duke teaming up with Milton Nascimento. The cover art offers a new take on the label's felt-themed artwork, with Cy's 8-bit image concept crossstitched onto red felt by Natasha Zissermann.