The five songs Carlos Castaño can’t live without

The Five Songs Carlos Castaño Can't Live WithoutWe first wrote about Carlos Castaño a couple of years ago, in which we said he sounded like John Mayer – and got an email in return, saying he doesn’t like him except for his Continuum album. (It is a good album.) He’s released several albums and has worked the live circuit all over the region – most notably performing at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2014 – but after taking a year off, he returned a couple of weeks back with his new album Scratch. Today, he picks the five songs he can’t live without, and yes, they’re completely different from the music he performs – but, in his words, “a lot of our songs start with grooves and I almost always pull from hip-hop to get it with master drummer boy Michael Gemina.”

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“Forgive me if I’m so forward sometimes.”

“All The Beautiful, Different Things” by Carlos Castaño | Before she wrote her Fantasy Festival contribution, Anna sent me four song recommendations – and, for some reason, I never got around to them, at least until today. (Happy Easter. I told you I had a serious backlog going on.) So I’ll scatter them across the next couple of weeks or so, all right? First one’s Carlos Castaño, another local artist I’ve never heard of, but has apparently been around for the past couple of years, working with the likes of Jensen Gomez. (I know him from this one song that got played on RT.) “He’s like John Mayer,” Anna told me a couple of months ago, when she sent his name in. So, yeah, good expectations. And then I listen to this song and I go, “oh, shit, he sounds more like John Mayer than I expected!” I like it. I like this. (Update: Carlos got in touch through email to say that, no, he does not like John Mayer – apart from his third album, Continuum.) [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)