Funk and Latin Grooves Kick Into High Gear on Indie Duo's New Album

Selfish Recordings is Proud to Present Pase La Voz, the New Album from Long-Running L.A. Latin Funk Duo Spellbound. Time for Fans to Break Out Their Dancing Shoes.

Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2015 –(PR.com)– Its been three years since Spellbound’s last album, but the prolific duo of Bobby Moon (vocals, keyboards, percussion) and Paul “Pablo” Thomas (guitars, keyboards, percussion) have been recording continually. They’ve pared down their new album Pase La Voz (pah-say la vohs), to just 10 songs, from the dozens written and recorded. Release is scheduled for June 30, 2015 on the Selfish Recordings label. The album’s Spanish title roughly translates as “pass the word,” and the word, according to co-founder Thomas, is that this album was made with Spellbound’s dance-happy fans in mind. “After so many years doing this, we realized we’d always done best with Funk and Latin-influenced dance music. This time we only kept the songs that fell in that vein.” Spellbound’s last couple of albums, United Front (2010) & Iluminados (2012), had experimented with Alternative Rock/Pop and World Music, and were perhaps better appreciated on headphones than on the dance floor. “With our new album we want people to forget their troubles… or at least dance them away,” Bobby Moon explains. Lyrically on Pase La Voz, Moon shows his maturing perspective on songs like “Discretion,” the title track, and “Going Grey.” As with all Spellbound albums, Pase La Voz features contributions from a number of guest artists and musicians. This time around they’ve added saxophonist Scott Martin, from the Grammy-award winning Poncho Sanchez Band, and Cuban/Jamaican vocalist Margaret Young, who toured with reggae legends Black Uhuru. Also appearing are Spellbound regulars from the cream of the L.A. musician crop: Salsa bandleader/instrumentalist Johnny Polanco, Artie “Mr. Flute” Webb, trombonist Mike Daigeau, and percussionist Rudy Mangual. Sadly, Pase La Voz marks the final appearance of Spellbound’s beloved Wurlitzer organ, heard on many of their recordings. “You can actually hear it fizzling out on the song ‘Viene Y Va,'” notes Thomas, “then it just died. It had a long and productive life.”

Now into their second decade, Spellbound have proven that it isn’t necessary to have a major record label or tour the world in order to have a music career. Since first releasing the album Funqueros on their Selfish Recordings label in 1999, they began receiving accolades from publications such as Latin Beat Magazine (Vol.9 #9), who dubbed them “the right dance music band for any city in this world.” Those early days of digital music also scored them three #1 songs on pioneering music website MP3.com. Since then, Spellbound have continued making albums, earning fans worldwide, with no sign of slowing down. They have performed at the Hollywood Bowl (2002), received an award for their song “No Mas Casadas” from the Billboard World Song Contest in 2010, and were chosen as #1 Funk band by the panel at IndieCharts.com in 2012. Thomas and Moon both deal with their creative overflow by channeling their more eclectic musical concepts into solo projects. Thomas has four albums under his Pablo moniker, and Moon released a string of digital singles during 2014.

Spellbound’s Pase La Voz was produced by Paul “Pablo” Thomas and Bobby Moon, and will be available on iTunes, CDBaby.com, GooglePlay, and most online retailers & streaming services June 30, 2015. A digital booklet for the album and a limited number of physical CDs will be available as well.Select live performance dates to be announced. For further information and the latest details please visit www.spellboundband.com, Spellbound’s Twitter page (@spellboundband), or Facebook.com/Spellboundband. For any other inquiries contact Robert Shimeall: ph: (310) 357-4630/ email: selfishrecordings@yahoo.com
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