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Encantos

by Spellbound

A Tropical Latin Funk Fusion
Genre: Latin: Latin Pop
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1. No Mas Casadas
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2. Desde Aqui
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3. Las Lavenderas
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4. Highway To Highlife
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5. La Lupe Medley: Se Acabo / Canta Bajo
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6. Yo Lo Pensaba
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7. Mejor Que Nunca
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8. We Got Funk
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9. (baila) Mi Salsa
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10. So Close, So Far
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Spellbound, a Spanglish songwriting duo (Paul Thomas & Bobby Moon) from L.A., whom for the past 15 years, have been producing an ever expanding catalog of critically-acclaimed CDs. They've been called a multi-cultural party-in-a-box & Spellbound's original blend of soulful compositions & bi-lingual lyrics create a danceable fusion of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, funk, rock, & beyond.
The Los Angeles based multi-cultural Latin Funk masters have just released their latest, and possibly greatest CD, "Encantos"on Selfish Recordings. Going the independent route for the past 15 years, Spellbound has earned critical accolades, and has developed a hard-won group of admirers. Despite the lack of corporate backing, the dearth of dinero, and the necessity of wearing many hats, Paul Thomas and vocalist/co-founder Bobby Moon have soldiered on commendably to the beat of their own drum programming.

With the Summer 2005 release of "Encantos" Spellbound's star may rise a few more notches. The 10 tracks on this CD shine brighter than ever before thanks to major improvements in the recording, mixing and mastering process this time around. From the opening tune "No Mas Casadas," a cautionary, yet hilarious tune sung in Spanglish, to the epic final track ("So Close, So Far"), this CD refines and re-defines the Spellbound sound: euphoric dance grooves, tropical rhythms, male and female vocals, funky guitars, exotic instruments, and a heap of soul.
In addition to principal songwriters Thomas and Moon, Spellbound includes long-time members Mike Daigeau on trombone and vocalist Sonora, whose expanded contributions were vital to this recording. There are the obligatory guests such as Johnny Polanco and flutist Art Webb, as well as new invited artists including Ozomatli's Asdru Sierra, and Cuban diva Candi Sosa. The real stars are the songs, though, and the love and time put into these tracks is obvious. They're all new, but they seem to fit just like a favorite pair of old blue jeans. That was the aim. Very Los Angeles. Very Global. Very Sunny. ¡Muy Caliente! "Las Lavanderas" is Bobby's poetic ode to the secret lives of washerwomen. "Desde Aqui" sounds like classic Spellbound. "Highway to Highlife" scintillates with its joyous African undercurrent. There are even two cover tunes! First there's "La Lupe Medley," a groundbreaking medley of two songs originally recorded by legendary vocalist La Lupe. Guest vocalist Candi Sosa brings this track from a slow-burning torch to a fiery climax. Then, "(Baila) Mi Salsa," a Latin rocker originally performed by 1980's L.A. band Crocodile Tears, is given the Spellbound treatment. "Encantos" means "spells" or "enchantments" in Spanish, and it's an enchanting danceable magic that could only be...Spellbound.

RADIO UPDATES:
"LAS LAVANDERAS" climbs to #5 on Tomas Algarin's "Latin Aura" on Jazz 91.9FM WCLK - Atlanta,Georgia
"MEJOR QUE NUNCA" climbs to #8 on Franco Silva's "Lation 54" on WMNF - Tampa, Floida
"ENCANTOS" CD Just Added to the following stations:
88.9FM KUCI - Irvine, CA
"Cantares Latinoamericanos Show" on 90.7FM WTCC (Hostess Raquel Obregon)
"The Upper Room" WVOF (Host Gi Dussault)
"NO MAS CASADAS" Added to the following station's playlist:
"Morning Becomes Eclectic" on 89.9FM KCRW - Santa Monica, CA (Host Nic Harcourt)
"Café L.A." on 89.9FM KCRW - Santa Monica, CA (Host Tom Schnabel)
"Dave's Radio Show" on 91.7FM KEOL's - Eastern Oregon University
"Off-Beat Show" - Bridgeport, CT
"HIGHWAY TO HIGHLIFE" is the first track to be played on "Viva The Rhythm Show" on The Fabulous 690 (690AM) - So. California (Host Jon Denny)
Live interview with Paul & Bobby on "Canto Tropical Show" on 90.7FM KPFK - Pacifica Radio
Talked about the new CD & played tracks from "Encantos" with hosts Hector 'la voz' Resendez & Kathy 'la rumbera' Diaz. Program aired on Sat., July 29th, 2005 (8pm-10pm).

REVIEWS:
¿CÓMO EN L.A.? (Septiembre de 2005 - Año 1/Número 5)
SPELLBOUND "ENCANTOS"
(Selfish Recordings)
Ya era hora de que los muchachos de Spellbound, el ecléctico grupo procedente del Sur de California encontraran su identitad musical. O sea, algo que los separara del montón, ya que en sus grabaciones anteriores coqueteaban con la salsa, el funk, el rock, etc., y aunque generaban trabajos interesantes y divertidos, no imponian su propio sello. Esta vez, con Encantos, el grupo le pegó al blanco.
El álbum abre con la alegre y humoristica "No Más Casadas," a ritmo de salsa, con Johnny Polanco (tres) y Manny Silvera (bajo) como invitados especiales. En "Highway To Highlife," Spellbound preserva el típico sabor de Carlos Santana, con la labor vocal de Candi Sosa, quien también lo hace en "La Lupe Medley: Se Acabó / Canta Bajo".
Por otro lado, se incluyen además piezas de latin soul (como "We Got Funk"); hay algo de calypso, como es el caso de "Desde Aquí"; y hasta una mezcla de música country y hawaiana, "Las Lavanderas," con un solo de flauta del fenomenal Artie Webb. Además, debo destacar la labor de Mike Daigeau, cuyo trombón le da vida a la grabación.
No cabe duda de que, luego de esta apasionada producción, Paul Thomas, el fabuloso guitarrista, y Bobby Moon, el cantante pricipal, van a llevar a Spellbound al infinito, porque ya adquiron la fórmula.

LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE (August 2005 - Vol.15/No.6)
SPELLBOUND "Encantos" (Selfish Recordings)
Los Angeles home grown Latin funkers Paul Thomas and Bobby Moon, better known as Spellbound, are back with their latest work "Encantos," mixing Latin rhythms with soulful grooves and other urban flavors. Encantos delivers a mature work of art (musically speaking) from the dynamic duo that brings into focus the multi-instrumentation and composition skills of Thomas and the vocal and lyrical savvy of Moon. These guys are prolific producers and the collective interaction on this disc is evident. Completing the Spellbound crew of players are singer Sonora and trombonist Mike Daigeau. Additional guest musicians in this recording include Johnny Polanco (tres), Artie Webb (flute), Manny Silvera (bass), Robertito Melendez(congas), Robert Anthony Gil (sax), Aron Singer (congas), Jack Gold (congas), Rudy Mangual (congas, timbal, and minor percussions), and Candi Sosa (lead vocals on "La Lupe Medley: Se Acabo/Canta Bajo"). My favorite tracks include La Lupe Medley, We Got Funk, (Baila) Mi Salsa, and No Mas Casadas. - Review by Gilbert Rivera / Website at: http://www.lbmo.com

SpellBound “Encantos” (Selfish Recordings)
¡Ya era hora! Los muchachos de SpellBound, aquel ecléctico grupo del Sur de California, por fin encontraron su sonido, su identidad, algo que los separa del montón. Y es que en sus grabaciones anteriores este grupo coqueteaba con la salsa, el funk, rock, etc., generando trabajos interesantes y divertidos. Sin embargo, con “Encantos”, Spellbound le dio al blanco.
“Encantos” abre con la alegre y humorística “No más Casadas”, a manera de salsa, con Johnny Polanco (tres) y Manny Silvera (bajo) como invitados especiales. Con “Highway to Life”, el grupo preserva ese sabor típico de Carlos Santana, con la interpretación de la cantante cubana Candi Sosa, quien también hace la labor vocal en “La Lupe Medley – Se Acabó / Canta bajo”. En este último número, Rudy Mangual, director de la prestigiosa revista Latin Beat, se presenta como invitado especial a cargo de las tumbadoras. Por cierto, Mangual fue el autor del tema “(Baila) mi Salsa”, donde él toca los timbales. Por otro lado, se incluyen también piezas de Latin Soul, como “Yo lo Pensaba”; soul de los 70s, con We got Funk”; “Desde aquí”, a manera de calypso; y “Las Lavanderas”, una mezcla de música country y hawaiana, con solo de flauta del fenomenal Artie Webb. Debo destacar, además, la labor de Mike Daigeau, cuyo trombón le da vida a la grabación.
No me cabe duda que, luego de esta apasionada producción, Paul Thomas -- el fabuloso guitarrista -- y Bobby Moon, el cantante principal, van a llevar a su grupo Spellbound al infinito. Ya tienen la formula del éxito, y el cielo es el límite. (EG)
Rave review of "Encantos" by Eric Gonzales on the August-September 2005 edition of HERENCIA LATINA.COM (Internet's most comprehensive Latin music website: http://www.herencialatina.com)


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