Behind every hit song is a team of talented writers, producers and studio musicians. One of them being Ozzie Melendez. He has worked behind the scenes with artists such as Jessica Simpson and Marc Anthony. Now he’s switching gears and focusing on his own thing, a style of music that fuses together the ways of Jamaican dancehall, Salsa, Reggaeton and pop by way of his latest single “Camaleón.”
Ozzie has performed all over the world as a vocalists, composer, director and trombonist on Broadway shows, commercials, and TV shows. All-of his work has put him on the top of the “must work with list” that has garnered him studio time with some of the biggest hitmakers of today.
In the case of what he’s doing with his latest single here, there is a lot to explore between the two languages he speaks and the fact that he recorded this in Spanish, as well as English. Let’s not be brief about that, because it crosses over into both cultures perfectly because of that move. And it will only put more artists onto him that might seek his production and songwriting assistance. That’s an easy guess after hearing it and a couple of previous tracks in the shape of “Por La Vereda” and “Ay Mujer” which may or may not give more insight to him as a recording artist. If you’re Spanish speaking it will have more impact though, as they’re sang in his native tongue. But getting past them to the main course is what the review is all about, and “Camaleón” is just the right ticket if you’re looking up his alley for something to dance to. If not, you can still get a groove on just listening to it. Lovers of Salsa, Flamenco and others will be able to fully appreciate a track like this being chosen for a single release. It goes the distance in every way, to bring people together on the floor and tear it up, especially in the hot summer time, when it is best celebrated.
When else do you break out the jams and start dancing than in the summer heat, it’s a very outdoorsy vibe all the way through it, so it comes out at just the right time. It runs for 3:45 of pure Latin spirit to wash all over you and your dance partner, or just your ears only on the headphones will do as well. It fits every intended purpose and more, and I can hear this ringing out of the doors of the clubs and even pool houses of the backyards of the suburbs. It has that air of gathering for parties with or without live music being presented. It can be a smash inside or outside that way.
There is definitely-a place for Ozzie Melendez in the musical mainstream somewhere, and he’ll get there if the forces stay aligned with him, but he’s already proven himself a thousand times over, and that’s no secret. But if there’s a goal beyond just coming out to play instead of produce or back someone else, it is yet to be seen via releasing singles. A full-length EP or album awaits, but that could be off on the horizon somewhere after this and more singles are released. It’s up to him to follow up in that fashion or not, but why start something and not go the distance. But a very good start it is, that’s for sure.