Multi-faceted producer and instrumentalist Sly5thAve teams up with fellow musician Roberto Verástegui for this eclectic jazz-infused record titled "Tie Break." The 4-minute long track is an epic display of virtuoso from both artists as they underpin each other's musical forte with varied progressions and tempos. From the layered basslines, soothing horns, and low tone keys, listeners are taken through a plethora of chord changes and transitions that ebb and flow as the song progresses. Verástegui's fluid key compositions against Sly5thAve's fiery grooves and pulsating textures are quite refreshing and one can say their chemistry is unmatched.
"Tie Break" is the first single from Agua de Jamaica, the collaborative project between producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II AKA Sly5thAve and pianist and composer Roberto Verástegui. The pair originally met whilst studying Jazz in Texas and began piecing together the release on Sly5thAve’s first visit to Mexico, over a drink of Agua de Jamaica – a drink made with water, hibiscus flower, and sugar. The project was recorded during lockdown in Mexico and is built on elements of Jazz, a love of Hip Hop and Mexico City’s ever-vibrant artistic culture, Latin flavors, and the African roots from which these sounds grew.
The project is out on 25th March.