Urban Flamenco from Eric Kamen

flamencoBlending his love for flamenco guitar and hip-hop, Eric Kamen has created a new-found fusion of world music which he calls “Urban Flamenco.” I love it! After you hear a sample (below) you’ll probably have the same reaction I did: “What a cool idea. Sounds good!”

Kamen was influenced by the early hip-hop artists and producers of the 80s and 90s.

“Babyface is still my role model. No matter who else comes along – the Neptunes or Kanye, as gifted as they admittedly are… Babyface was the first to create modern R&B as we know it.”

Capitalizing on modern digital recording, Eric built his own digital home studio and started writing tracks and producing young R&B and hip-hop artists and has done so for many years. Now it’s his turn…

His latest flamenco release, Serenades will leave you dancing just like the music video for lead single “The Lost Tribe.”

A subtle, relaxing song that draws you in with romantic riffs and a catchy beat, “The Lost Tribe” is just a taste for what’s to come in Serenades.

The accompanying music video, produced and directed by Pola Rapaport and shot by DP Wolfgang Held, is a fresh take and spin on Spanish flamenco music. Shot in a dance studio, four young women take to the rehearsal space auditioning and interpret “The Lost Tribe” with a variety of contemporary hip-hop, urban, and pop dance passages which gracefully mirror Kamen’s precise guitar playing. Original improvisations are by dancers Holly Googe, Pearrie Hammie, Shakiver Gordon and Cecile Klaus.

Following his first successful experimental release, Native Unit, Serenades is an eclectic set of fifteen songs that will transfer listeners to a serene Spanish village featuring other stand-out tracks “A Rose From Russia” and “Red Moon.”

Serenades will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and all major digital outlets on September 2. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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