This was definitely worth waiting for. The arrangements & production are incredibly deep and extremely attractive and undeniably soulful! So hard to choose just 1 favourite all cuts are playable on air in a club or just relaxing at home. The journey is so beautiful , such a wonderful ride. LOVE- BIG TIME! Thank you RITMO Y TUMBAO , Josh Milan, Adam Cruz and Amanda Frontany. BIG LOVE & BLESSINGS...
Favorite track: Echu Odara (snippet).
Music Without Labels
Firstly, it seems everything coming out of the Honeycomb music stables is always quality. The promise enthused from the interview by Amanda Frontany's 'Questions & artists' of Cuba and Dres makes this release mouth watering and it does that and more. As DrBob would say 'wonderful'
Written by Amanda Frontany -- Ritmo y Tumbao's Ay Dios Mio EP
[Translation: Oh My God]
The groundbreaking duo Ritmo y Tumbao, comprised of NYC's own Dres Ramos and Cuba Ulacia, releases their incredible debut full-length album Ay Dios Mio on Honeycomb Music. Ramos and Ulacia-- passionate percussionists, songwriters and DJs in their own right-- have created an instant classic that organically combines Afro-Cuban, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Soul, and House Music under the dynamic production of Grammy-nominated, multi-talented Honeycomb CEO Josh Milan, who also lends his quintessential vocals to the project along with singers Crystal Jaye and Storm Marrero, with accompaniments by flutist Giovanni Perez.
Ay Dios Mio is a life-giving project epitomizing what music needs to be about now more than ever-- live musicianship, melodic songwriting, breathtaking vocals and multi-layered harmonies. Every track on the album uniquely stands out yet works in tandem with the others to paint a refreshing musical journey with Ritmo y Tumbao's percussive rhythms at the core.
These songs will dance in your soul and beat with your heart whether "listening at home, in the car, or in the club," says Honeycomb's Josh Milan. Ritmo y Tumbao's Ay Dios Mio firmly stands at a musical crossroads where Earth Wind and Fire intersects with the legendary sounds of both Fania and Stax Records, and effortlessly picks up the torch where iconic Blaze Productions left off.
released December 23, 2018
Ritmo Y Tumbao - Ay Dios Mio EP
1) Sky's The Limit
2) Echu Odara
4) Scarborough Fair
6) Lower East Side
7) Ay Dios Mio
8) Thank You's
All songs written by Josh Milan, Dres Ramos and Cuba Ulacia, unless otherwise noted.
All songs produced by Josh Milan.
Percussion instruments performed by Dres Ramos and Cuba Ulacia (Ritmo Y Tumbao).
Flute solos performed by Giovanni Perez.
"Fragile" was written by Sting.
"Scarborough Fair" was written by Arthur Garfunkel and Paul Simon.
"Scarborough Fair" vocals were performed by Crystal Jaye.
"Thank You's" vocals were performed by Ritmo Y Tumbao.
"Echu Odara" vocals were performed by Cuba Ulacia and Storm Marrero.
"Lower East Side" vocals were performed by Storm Marrero.
"Ay Dios Mio" vocals were performed by Ritmo Y Tumbao and Storm Marrero.
Recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.
All songs, except "Scarborough Fair" and "Fragile," are published by Josh Milan Songs (BMI), Abraham Augustine Ulacia (ASCAP) and DJ Dres (ASCAP).
"Fragile" was published by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI).
"Scarborough Fair" was published by Arthur Garfunkel (BMI) and Paul Simon (BMI).
Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Photography by Roy Morrison.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.