Veteran Jorge Spiteri teams up with younger compatriots Jorge Montiel & Juan Laya on a tribute to 70s London
For the latest on their own Imagenes Recordings label, Latin fusionists Jorge Montiel & Juan Laya (AKA Los Charlys Orchestra, Electropical) team up with fellow Venezuelan Jorge Spiteri, a veteran of the 70s disco scene, on a release that will please dancers and disco historians in equal measure.
Celebrating his 69th birthday this year, Spiteri and his brother Henry moved from their native Caracas to London in 1972. Accomplished musicians, they soon found themselves rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart, and their 1973 debut album Spiteri is widely regarded as a Latin funk/disco classic. And it's memories of those days that form the basis of Spiteri's vocal here, as he recalls the era when "John Morales was arriving with a new sound", when "funky London was just getting started" and when "Grace Jones was the heart of the party" at The Roundhouse and Dingwalls.
Musically, The Power Of Disco is a pleasantly rolling, Latin-leaning affair with some fine space disco stabs, and comes accompanied by a matching Instrumental, but probably the best bet for club play is a housier, breakbeat-led Re-Edit that tones down some of the slightly cheesy elements and beefs up the bottom end.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 6 March
Review Score: 7