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Daymé Arocena // One Takes EP // Released May 6th

March 14, 2016

The One Takes EP finds Daymé Arocena bouncing around ideas with label boss Gilles Peterson to put her unique spin on five different covers (+ a bonus track on the digital). Re-imagining cuts ranging from Italian obscurities to US house heroes, the sessions (as you might guess from the title) were about taking down whichever ideas came first. Working in a tradition of covers that’s long been ingrained in jazz as well as Latin music, One Takes finds them taking that approach and running with it.

Produced by longtime Brownswood familia Simbad, it’s a perfect vehicle for Daymé to bridge musical worlds in a way that’s always come naturally. With an upbringing split between classical training, early jazz greats like Billie Holiday and the spiritual and musical foundations of the Santería religion, she’s grown up seeing the bigger picture.

You can stream lead track ‘Stuck’ – Daymé’s take on Peven everett’s classic dancefloor heater – (premiered on Okayplayer) below.


1. God Of Yoruba
2. African Sunshine
3. El 456
4. Asking Eyes
5. Stuck
6. Muy Cerquita De Ti (feat. Jose Pilar Jesus Dedeu, Luis Stock, Ruben Bulnes & Julio Padres)*

One Takes is released on 6th May. Pre-order the album on iTunes now and get ‘Stuck’ as an instant download.

*Digital only