Luciano & Iba Mahr – The Victory

Hot off the heels of his last single The Answer, legendary artist Luciano is back with another brand-new cut. It’s the second track to be lifted from the two-times Grammy winner’s forthcoming release, also called The Answer. The album is already creating a buzz in music circles, and could well be Luciano’s seminal work. With The Answer Dropping in May 2020, this
second track is out across all platforms on 13 March.

The Victory, released via Oneness Records, sees Luciano team up with the supremely talented Iba Mahr. The track, in a major key, draws on various genres and styles. So, Luciano and Mahr take us on a Soul-laced Roots journey – stopping at positive, funky locations along the way.

Produced by Moritz v. Korff and Benjamin Zecher, and mixed/mastered by Umberto Echo, The Victory’s intuitive production enhances the technically complex composition perfectly. The track kicks off with an iconic drum roll before an intricately orchestrated intro sets the musical scene: a trumpet, trombone, Hammond organ, and electric guitars are layered together over a few, complex bars before The Victory strips itself back. The bass, on a seven then four-beat syncopated groove brings back Rocksteady memories. Meanwhile, a classic bubble rhythm on the keys plants the track firmly in Roots territory. But The Victory then goes further.

The delicious, Funky Soul electric guitars have a life of their own, whining and riffing throughout the track. The horns thrust in and out momentarily. And the perfectly-timed breaks just enhance proceedings further: beginning on the downbeat and stretching across the bar – then giving themselves upon the final, fourth beat. All this cleverly lifts The Victory out of Roots into more soulfully-laced, almost Marley, territory.

It also sees Luciano give an extremely controlled performance; narrating how faith in Jah will keep you on the correct path, to ultimately spiritual victory. And he and Iba Mahr work sublimely together: a scintillating combination if ever there was one. With summer long overdue, The Victory is a breezy, laid-back cut; one that leaves winter a distant memory and oozes positive vibes of regeneration as we head into spring.

UPC: 194491967086
Product Code: 0ne054b
Format: Single digital
Label: Oneness Records
P+C: Oneness Records 2020
Release date: March.13th 2020
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The Victory credits:
Composed by M.v.Korff, S.Tavra, M.Hendler and M.Rohac.
Lyrics by J. McClymont and M. Greaves.
Drums – Martino Liver.
Bass/Keys/Percussion – Moritz “DaBaron“ v.Korff.
Keys – Markus Hendler, Frank “Pollensi“ Pollak and Frederic Peyron.
Guitars – Ulinjah and Dan Halden.
Sax – Hannes “Al Caphorn“ Herrmann.
Trumpet – Stefan Heller.
Trombone – Sidney Aaron Lutara.
Mixed and mastered by Umberto Echo.
Produced by Moritz v.Korff and Benjamin Zecher.
P+C Oneness Records 2020