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U-Nam new release “Sunshine of Mine”

U-Nam chart-topping artist and multi-platinum producer is set to release in early March “Sunshine of Mine” his latest album. An eclectic concoction of eight original compositions plus two carefully crafted covers it opens with the easy grooving title cut that takes its name from the love U-Nam has for his six year old son Myles who, quite literally, is the sunshine of his life. Indeed, the sumptuous “Little Dreamer” again underscores the bond a father has with his son. From mellow beginnings that gradually evolve into a pulsating beat, U-Nam calls on the combined artistry of Kim Hansen on keys and Michael White on drums yet still stays at the epicenter of the entire piece. A track already setting the airwaves alight is the shimmering “Make a Wish”.

Funk-laden “First Class”. It has Bill Steinway on keys plus Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass while, in collaboration with Raymond Gimenes. “Hang on to a Star” is a high-octane, foot-tapping side of U-Nam musical persona with “Baile Do Brasil” that taps into the energy of the dance craze in South America and beyond where Latin Funk is the order of the day. 

He stays in Brazil for a jazzy interpretation of Jon Lucien’s 1983 hit “Come with Me to Rio” while his classy reimagining of the Barry White smash “It‘s Only Love” (with Kim Chandler on background vocals) makes it sound brand new. Another gem in an album crammed full of them is “Coastline”. Built around U-Nam’s impeccable playing and with regulars Frank Sitbon (Piano), Denis Benarrosh (Percussion), and Fran Merante (Drums) around to lend a hand they together conjure up a track that revolves around an irresistible mid-tempo groove.

“Juicy Smile” is another example of what U-Nam does best. Cram packed with old-school attitude and lifted by a powerhouse horn section that comes courtesy of Christian Martinez (Trumpet & Flugelhorn) and Joabe Reis (Trombone) this thumping dance floor filler in the making is the perfect vehicle to rejuvenate even the most tired of dancing feet.

Be on the lookout for this new release soon.