Hanging Tough / The Groove

by Sunlightsquare

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This special '45 features two incredible Sunlightsquare cover versions commissioned by BBE and Alim founder Peter Adarkwah.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Hanging Tough / The Groove via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Released on Saturday April 13th (Record Store Day) 2019, the 5th release on BBE offshoot ALIM Music comes courtesy of London-based multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Claudio Passavanti, aka Sunlightsquare.

First up is 'Hanging Tough', an obscure Latin disco-jazz cut written by Vinnie Griffin and originally recorded by Board Of Directors back in 1987. Claudio's stunning piano and synth work takes centre stage in this effervescent version, which also features backing vocals from London duo HanLei.

On the flip is a rendition of Rodney Franklin's 1980 hit 'The Groove', a staple among jazz-funk aficionados to this day. Sunlightsquare's take on the track also boasts original vocals from HanLei alongside virtuoso keys and flute, plus super-tight brass and rhythm sections.


released April 13, 2019

Produced by Claudio Passavanti at Sunlightsquare Studios
Vocals by HanLei (Aleysha Gordon and Hannah Khemoh)
Trumpet: Quentin collins
Trombone: Trevor Mires
Flutes: Gareth Lockrane
Drums: Cristiano Micalizzi
All keyboards and synths: Claudio Passavanti


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BBE London, UK

Sometime after the Universal Robot Band and sometime before where we are now, a pair of DJ/promoter/whatevers, Pete Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, ran a successful club night named after our eponymous song, playing a joyful mix of all they considered good. 'Wouldn't it be fun,' they mused, 'To release some of these tunes?' And so BBE (Barely Breaking Even) was born. ... more

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