Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Gian Varela, and singer Bla-De‘s new collaboration “Keloke” is an urban, Latin house crossover gem that’s bound to heat things up around the globe. The track is a sonic feast with multiple instrumental melodies, including a xylophone and trumpets, combined with a bouncy bassline and plenty of tribal percussion in its layers, perfectly highlighting Gian Varela‘s Panamanian roots. “Keloke” breaks genre barriers with its driving house rhythms, tropical melodies, and Spanish rap-style vocals that carry listeners to a balmy jungle drum circle and encourages them to dance with wild reverence. Out on Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano‘s SONO imprint under the Armada Music‘s umbrella, the track follows their recent remix of Steve Angelo‘s “Monday” as well as Gian Varela‘s meaningful “L.O.C” EP from earlier this year. Read on for quotes from the artists on their heater of a collab.
“From Gian Varela‘s initial rough demo to the dancefloor anthem we’ve created together. Months of playing it live have made us even more hyped, seeing how the fans really love this record. Now we’re super excited to share it with everyone!” – Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
“‘Keloke‘ to me is a true example of how a Latin Tech House should be. It has high energy, tropical Latin sounds, and Bla-De‘s deep urban vocals to top it off. Because of their huge influence on the Latin House movement, it is an honor for me to collaborate with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano on this record. Everytime I played the track during my performances, the crowds responded with such enthusiasm, which for me represents the energy and magic of this track.” – Gian Varela
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Dynamic Dutch duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have built a reputation as prestige artists both behind the decks and in the studio. Combining their unmatched energy on stage and their tribal house influenced signature sound, the duo are one of the most in-demand acts in the industry today: From São Paulo to Ibiza and Tomorrowland, SJRM dominate the live stage. 2023, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano look set to continue on their upward trajectory with a string of big single releases this summer, on the back of their debut Gold-record Album ‘Fundamentals.’ With a ground breaking Album delivered, big singles lined up for the summer and an extensive global tour locked in, 2023 will be another huge year. “We’re just getting started“, is what the guys will happily tell you.
Hailing from Panama and honed in the United States, Gian Varela is a dynamic and groundbreaking house music DJ, producer, and songwriter who has quickly risen to global acclaim. With an innate rebellious spirit, Gian‘s distinctive style of seamlessly blending Latin genres and electronic sounds has cemented his position as a master of his craft. His upbringing in Panama, the birthplace of reggaetón’s roots, and subsequent move to the US have resulted in a unique, globally oriented sound that has won him legions of fans worldwide. Gian‘s impressive track record includes viral collaborations with Latin superstars like Sech, Feid, El Chombo, and Maffio, as well as releases on some of the world’s top dance music labels, including Spinnin’ Records, Armada Music, and Mixmash Records. His tracks and remixes have gained support from top DJs and producers like Armin van Buuren, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Laidback Luke, Hugel, Wax Motif, and Vintage Culture. With an innate ability to connect with crowds and transmit powerful energy, Gian has honed his craft through years of performing across the Americas. His mastery of the decks allows him to seamlessly transition from his signature Latin tech house on festival mainstages like Ultra Abu Dhabi to his Afro/Caribbean tech sound in more intimate venues. His creative vision has seen him push the Caribbean-infused house genre to new heights, and his dynamic live performances have electrified audiences across the world. From Afro house to peak hour tech-house, Gian elegantly blends his productions while always remaining true to his unique sound. This year promises to be a standout year for Gian, with high-profile collaborations and high-energy fusions in the dance music world that will showcase the full spectrum of Latin house music. With his signature global sound, Gian is sure to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the years to come.