Amerigo Gazaway is a Berkely, California-based producer, emcee, multi-instrumentalist, and DJ, who is known for his remixes/mash-ups, original instrumentals, and digital sampling. Gazaway is the son of internationally-known Jazz trumpeter, Gary "El Buho" (The Owl) Gazaway from The Ozark Mountains and Brazilian vocalist, Tatiana Mindlin; with his brother, Rickey Mindlin, Amerigo Gazaway formed The Soul Mates Project/Records as a vehicle to present his lush, conceptual collaborative efforts. Soul Mates are best known for their documentary-style conceptual collaboration albums, which have famously incorporated the music of A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Fela Kuti, De La Soul, Marvin Gaye, Yasiin Bey FKA Mos Def, James Brown, OutKast, and many, many more. Said critically-acclaimed remixes and mash-ups have garnered Amerigo Gazaway guest spots on releases from the likes of Aaron "Son Little" Livingston, Blu, and Oh No, as well as a gig re-orchestrating Miles Davis' infamous "lost" 1985 Rubberband sessions for a recent wide release.
For his latest release, Amerigo Gazaway recruited Bay Area songstress, producer, and player, Xiomara. "Leaning [heavily] on Xiomara's song-writing and arrangement chops, the newly-formed duo spent the last year crafting a collaboration as original as it is reminiscent," boasts a Bandcamp description. Earlier this morning, Amerigo Gazaway & Xiomara unleashed their first proper single together, "THAT OLD ALARM," unto the terribly unsuspecting masses; primarily, a Soul/Jazz/Blues hybrid with a dash of Hip-Hop, Soul Mates Records' "THAT OLD ALARM" digital single, also, features an Extended Mix with beloved Indie Hip-Hop emcee Blu, as well as an instrumental on "Side B." Amerigo & Xiomara, additionally, dropped a music video for "THAT OLD ALARM" directed by Ya'Shalan and filmed completely in black-and-white, bringing the whole old school feel full circle. Surprisingly, Amerigo Gazaway & Xiomara's full-length project, 1990, is scheduled to drop tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.