Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brazil Now

Afropop Worldwide's latest show on Brazil highlights the sounds Brazilian artists are creating now. Apparently there's a pervasive feeling of being unbound by traditional sounds of samba and Brazilian percussion. Baile funk has been influenced by Caribbean sounds and some artists are exploring electronic music more. It all makes for an interesting aural landscape. Also of note is Brazilian artists' reaction to the World Cup; many are upset at FIFA (soccer's governing body) rules and see the infrastructure created for the games as ultimately useless in the long term, although now a celebratory atmosphere pervades the country. This is definitely worth the listen! Free download as well ;). Enjoy.

Brazilian Boogie

Sometimes I get so excited about some tracks that I just post them up and say nothing, hoping folks will trust my impeccable taste and just listen. This mix was one of those moments. The selections are just so FUNKY and the perfect tempo for summer, lilting and carrying that groove, just right to get you in the mood for the beach or straight chillin'. I'm going to post the track list for this soon, stay tuned.

Check out this article by Allen Thayer on my beloved about Lincoln Olivetti, Brazilian musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Get descriptions and insights about every track in Thayer's article.

Track list:
1. Dicró “Disco Voador” from Dicró (Continental) 1979
2. Marcia Maria “Amigo Branco” from Marcia Maria (Capitol) 1978
3. Erasmo Carlos “Alem Do Horizonte” with Tim Maia from Convida (Polygram) 1980
4. Jorge Ben “Rio Babilonia” from Dádiva (Som Livre) 1983 (this is my joint!!)
5. Tony Bizarro “Estou Livre” (Elektra) 1983
6. Painel de Controle “Black Coco” (RCA) 1978
7. Tim Maia “Não Vá” from Tim Maia (Polygram) 1980
8. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti “Eva” from S/T (Som Livre) 1982
9. Emilio Santiago “Dentro De Você” from Ensaios de Amor (Polygram) 1982
10. Almir Ricardi “Tô Parado Na Tua” from Festa Funk (RGE) 1984
11. Cristina Conrado “Sempre Juntos” (WEA) 1984
12. Gang Do Tagarela “Melô do Tagarela” [“Rapper’s Delight” Instrumental] (RCA) 1980
13. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti “Aleluia” [B-side to "Babilonia Rock"] (Som Livre) 1982
14. Sandra Sá “Pela Cidade” from Vale Tudo (RGE) 1984
15. Painel de Controle “Relax” from Chama A Turma Toda (RCA) 1979 [mine’s from a “best of” collection]
16. Dedé “Sinceramente” (CBS) 1983
17. Cristina Camargo “Moral Tem Hora” from S/T (CBS) 1980
18. Junior Mendes “Copacabana Sadia” from Copacabana Sadia (RCA) 1982
19. Marcos Valle “Bicicleta” (Som Livre) 1984
20. Sandra Sá “Se Grile Não” (excerpt) from Olhos Coloridos (RGE) 1982
21. Claudia Telles “Conselhos” from S/T (CBS) 1978
22. Viva Voz “Fugitivos De Azul” (Som Livre) 1984
23. Jon Lucien “Come With Me to Rio” (Som Livre) 1983
24. Emilio Santiago “Velhas Içadas” (exceprt) from Ensaios De Amor (Polygram) 1982

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Track: "Bam Bam Bam" with Seu Jorge

The unmistakable Seu Jorge blesses Gilles Peterson's "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" project. Much of the album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, but this particular track, "Bam Bam Bam", was done in L.A. Seu Jorge swag. Listen to a playlist of selected tracks plus exclusive behind the scenes commentary from Gilles about the artists and making of the album here.

Gilles Peterson's Sonzeira "Brasil Bam Bam Bam"

Here are some selected tracks from Gilles Peterson's "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" album recorded January 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Sonzeira is a grouping of legendary Brazilian artists, musicians, producers and singers.

Be sure to peep exclusive commentary from Gilles about the making of the album and artists throughout the playlist. See my earlier post on "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" and watch video on making of here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gille's Peterson's "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" and "Southern Freeez"

Gilles Peterson, British DJ, broadcaster, producer and label owner, is at it again.

This time he's brought together some of Brazil's legendary recording artists all on one album, "Brasil Bam Bam Bam". The line-up, under the Sonzeira collective, includes: Seu Jorge, Marcos Valle, Elza Soares, Emanuelle Araujo and Arlindo Cruz among others and aims to be a sort of "Buena Vista meets club culture but sonically very modern."
The album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and features all new material, of which "Southern Freeez," with vocals by Emanuelle Araujo, is the first track released:

The making of "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" marks the first time Gilles spent an extended period of time in Brazil. I found this a bit surprising for someone who's "championed" Brazilian music for the last 25 years, but it's all good (better late than never!). I still find it surprising that he hadn't heard "Brasil Pandeiro," a song popularized in the early 1970's by Novos Baianos, until this trip to record the album. I'll forgive him that, though. Brazil's got a lot of music to discover.

Get some insight on the making of the album in the trailer for "Brasil Bam Bam Bam":

Listen to more on the making of "Brasil Bam Bam Bam":

And stay tuned, we're told Seu Jorge is next up!