Toronto’s Groove Garden looks to label boss Cesar Caballero for its latest single, a percussive house workout entitled ‘Funketeao’, backed with remixes from Omid 16B and Butter the Butcher. Colombian born Cesar Caballero has been building quite a following for his Groove Garden label in recent years with a string of quality releases featuring his own music and that of like-minded artists. Originally from Cartagena, a coastal town on Colombia’s northern shore, Caballero started his musical career as a drummer, playing Afro-Caribbean funk-rock, before finding electronic music and moving to Toronto, Canada in 2006.
Since then he has been forging his own sound and developing the label into an imprint that is receiving international recognition. This latest release kicks off with the original version of ‘Funketeao’, a suitably percussive and funk-laden slice of rolling house music that uses warm bass tones, subtle melodic elements and vocal edits to create an instantly engaging and uplifting feel. The original version is followed by a remix from London based production heavyweight Omid16B, best known for his releases on Hooj Choons, EyeQ and his own Sex on Wax label. Here Omid takes ‘Funketeao’ and reworks it into a chunky rhythm led affair with some seriously beefed up drums that play beautifully off the bassline. Finally, it’s Canadian producer Butter the Butcher who has featured on the My Favorite Robot Records label, his remix of ‘Funketeao’ uses old school synth stabs to create a shuffling and floorfilling vibe. It’s out 20th September.