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so we've all got our bossa nova albums and our tropicalia albums and our brazilian funk albums. the fifties, sixties and seventies have been covered pretty well. but what about more recent stuff. there was (is still?) a movement called Mangue which i think literally translates to 'swamp' and was a big hodge podge of traditional bossa & samba, rock, hip hop and electronic music.

Otto -- he's put out two albums. the first "Samba Pra Burro" is a great mix of beautiful brazilian melodies mixed with tons of electronics. some super heavy jungle breaks, but always the song comes first. his second album is "Condom Black". way less reliant on the electronic dance beats, but still some remnants. it's almost apt to describe him on this album as a male Bebel Gilberto. some of the songs are a little too sweet, but it's a great album nonetheless.

Tom Ze, even though he's an oldie, his music is still a goodie. forget the fact that Tortoise was his back up band.

Ed Motta. one of the worst albums i've ever heard in my life. i listened to it once and instantly sold it back. he's supposed to be brazilian soul, but it was really bad slick over produced modern disco.

Rita Lee. ex-lead singer of the mutantes. i picked up one of her recent solo albums for way cheap. it was completely boring AOR. kinda like a brazilian Sting.

Max De Castro. cool looking cover. kinda ick music. pretty much does modern american r'n'b in portugese. there were some nice soulful moments, but most of it was just way too slick.

on the dividing line:
Mundo Livre S.A. this is Otto's band before he went solo. they're part of that whole Mangue beat sound. had some good songs. did a bunch of genre-fucks, but my biggest problem with them was that they were around in the mid-90s and kinda had that grunge-alternative sound. i often wondered if they weren't from brazil, would i really like them? so i sold it.

still wondering about Carlinhos Brown and Chico Science. never heard them, but heard lots about them. and i hear there's some brazilian hip hop out there?

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:25 (nineteen years ago) link

ps. never ever trust a DustyGroove review. they're all positive.

they normally sound like this, "Even though this isn't our favorite of [so and so]'s album, we still think it's great and you should buy it"

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (nineteen years ago) link

ps. never ever trust a DustyGroove review. they're all positive.

Never ever trust a Dusty Groove review 'cuz they refer to free jazz as "hippy dippy."

hstencil, Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (nineteen years ago) link

You mentioned Bebel Gilberto. her album is pretty good too.

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:32 (nineteen years ago) link

You mentioned Bebel Gilberto. her album is pretty good too.

but i thought that was obvious

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:33 (nineteen years ago) link

and Gilberto Gil's (1998)- "O Sol De Oslo" is one of my favorite Brazilian albums.

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:41 (nineteen years ago) link

but what about the kids man? what are the kids up to?

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:43 (nineteen years ago) link

they normally sound like this, "Even though this isn't our favorite of [so and so]'s album, we still think it's great and you should buy it"

Pretty spot on, Jason except you forgot the obigatory exclamation point!

Does anyone else find this extremely annoying!

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:18 (nineteen years ago) link

lately i've been getting these e-mail fwd's from Barrett Martin (via Mike Watt's mailing list) about his experiences recording in Brazil with Brazillian musicians, and he makes it sound pretty damned interesting, aside from all the "this is how Brazil is great and how American popular music sucks" ranting.

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:20 (nineteen years ago) link

Does anyone else find this extremely annoying!

Yes but

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:21 (nineteen years ago) link

Carlinhos Brown is good but inconsistent. The 2 I have, "Alfagamabetizado," I think I spelled that right, is nice, updated Gil with interesting percussion touches. "Omelete Man" is really weird--some of it sounds like Procol Harum meets Nilsson or John Lennon, very spacey English-style pop with typical saccharine Brazilian harmonies, strings, pop esperanto lyrics, etc. Pretty good really. Suba is also good. Amon Tobin is Brazilian orig., lives in England now I believe, as a sample artist he beats Shadow or any of those guys by a mile, in my opinion.
I've also heard some of the Brazilian electronica, Caipirissima is a collection of same, some cool stuff.

You're right, above, about Dusty Groove and their reviews, although the store itself in Chicago is kinda nice and they do have good stuff if you're into classic '60s Brazilian pop and suchlike...

Jess Hill (jesshill), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:21 (nineteen years ago) link

Do you expect unbiased reviews from someone trying to sell something?
I always make sure that I get a second opinion on a record I see at DustyGroove before buying.

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Wait, I just reread this thread; Al is the Barrett Martin yr talking about the guy that was in the Screaming Trees? What the heck is he doing in Brazil?

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:04 (nineteen years ago) link

Paul Sci-Fi Soul did you see the "best Brasilian DJ in New York" last night??

i actually have a song by Otto ona comp, it's an intensely moody tribute to Bob Marley and it really rolls, i've liked it for years.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Timbalada! I like the Carlinhos Brown stuff I've heard, but Timbalada is the shit. It has surdos=it is good.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 13:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Just saw this, it seems like most of the new stuff is either centred on Recife or Sao Paulo. (Or at least new and interesting to me)

Jason, you should definitely check out Chico Science – I think he was brilliant and his death seemed like the end of era and maybe death of mangue (friends of mine in Brazil who work with music were devastated when he died). The scene seems to be going strong tho and his old band Nacao Zumbi is still putting stuff out. I’d recommend checking out Chico first and then if you like him going for NZ. Start with “Afrociberdelia” as it should give you a sense of whether you want to go further or not.

Lately I’ve been enjoying DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Massa, which has traditional fiddle, etc over various beats. I don’t love the entire entire album but the first couple of tracks get me grinning ear-to-ear whenever I listen to ‘em. The DJ approach to mangue.

Zuco 103 takes a different approach to mixing electronica with Brazilian. It is more clubbeats oriented as opposed to mangue etc. and live at least Zuco are huge amounts of fun. Their new album has gotten pretty good reviews , but their first “Outro Lado” had only about 4 songs I really liked with the rest being ‘eh’ so I’m waiting for a free copy.

Lenine’s album “Na Prassao” is great. Samba mixed with rock and electronica is a v. basic description. Most people I know who are more knowledgeable about the contemp. scene than me are are big fans.

Others I like if not blown away - Pedro Luis A Parade (again mixing electronica/brazilian but from a more rock perspective) Suba (pretty strightforward samba & bossa nova over loops, “Sao Paulo Confessions” is his big work – he also produced, among others, Bebel’s "Tanto Tempo")

Seen Max de Castro but have no memory of his performance (generally not a positive sign)

From the second generation of Brazilians, as mentioned above, Bebel is doing good stuff. Only heard one track by Moreno Veloso so can’t really comment on him tho that one track was v. funky. (incidentally, one of the biggest Brazilian labels Trama (who I think put out Otto) is run by the son of Elis Regina)

All I can think of for now, will post later if brain comes back online.

H (Heruy), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:37 (nineteen years ago) link

I found "Music Typewriter" pretty mediocre, nice but nothing special. I didn't realize Trama was run by Elis' son.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:41 (nineteen years ago) link

two months pass...
i was just told to check out Andrea Marquee's "Zumbi" and Rica Amabis' "Sambadelic"

anyone heard either and have comments? they sound pretty cool from the amg and amazon reviews.

JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 22:07 (nineteen years ago) link

Jason, I would say that Rita Lee is a definite classic, certainly not Brazilian Sting. She's charming and full of puns! Chico Science / NZ and the whole Mangue thing may be a tad culture-bound, but the power is undeniable. There are two or three tracks on CSNZ's Afrociberdelia that kick seriously. They have always been phenomenally open to genre-fucking, as you put it, but in ways that play(ed) well both at home and abroad. I won't hear a word against Mundo Livre - their sound is just so effortless. Fred 04 is one of my favourite vocalists.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:08 (nineteen years ago) link

BTW, mangue translates to mangrove, or 'mangroove', as some like to call it. This is a type of all-encompassing eco-system in Northeastern Brazil that seemed to encapsulate the new movement of musical hybrids, while remaining particularly Pernambucan. Pernambuco has a staggering proliferation of musical styles, which began to be recognised by pop/rock musicians in the early 90s as an alternative to Rio / SP / Bahia. If you wnat to get further into this, I recommend Mestre Ambrosio (the only fiddle band in the world worth attention) and Nana Vasconcelos (ECM percussion legend). Alternatively seek out any maracatu band live. Thunder.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:17 (nineteen years ago) link

I used to like Lenine, but his sound really drags. Ed Motta tries way to hard to sound new. Check out his uncle Tim Maia, especially his early seventies work.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:23 (nineteen years ago) link

i listened to a Tim Maia album that i enjoyed, but it was an original pressing and pretty pricey.

i recently picked up Rita Lee's first album "Build Up" and have been really digging it. it was produced by one of the guys from the Mutantes, so it is still a little wacky, but has more of a big band orchestration thing going on for the beginning of the album at least (near the end it gets a bit more rocking). but i swear, the more recent album of hers i bought (from the mid to late 90s) was the pits. her charming puns would be totally lost on me since i don't speak Portuguese.

any word on those two artists i just mentioned upthread?

JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:46 (nineteen years ago) link

Sorry, Jason, I'm not familiar with the music of either. (Heard of A.M., but can't say more than that)

Daniel (dancity), Thursday, 15 May 2003 07:02 (nineteen years ago) link

theres a comp of liuz gonzaga tunes reinterpreted by the newcomers which gives a broad overview: everything from mangue to hard rock.

the marquee and amabis discs are nice enough. nice being the word to watch.

gaz (gaz), Thursday, 15 May 2003 08:43 (nineteen years ago) link

A friend of mine recently sent me a killer mangue compilation - but on a different tip sambaloco's latest compilation of drum'n'bass classics is a corker, too...

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Thursday, 15 May 2003 09:12 (nineteen years ago) link

Charlie Brown Jr.: they play hip hop and punk, with funk flavourings. Great party music!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:04 (nineteen years ago) link

Also, from old school artists: Nana Vasconcelo's Storytelling (1995) and Uakti's Trilobyte (1997) are great recent albums. The first is sort of percussive folk/ambient record, and the second one... It's hard to describe; pseudo-classical crypto-folk music played with self made and customized instruments, perhaps?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:11 (nineteen years ago) link

six years pass...

anybody listening to the new Ceu album?

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm curious about it, but have not heard it yet. Not that I was wowed by her prior one, but it wasn't bad.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah I only felt the need to download one of the tracks from the last album. I'm 11 tracks into this one (out of 13), and it's pretty good!

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Nobody here into Curumin?

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 10 July 2009 00:09 (thirteen years ago) link

i am now!

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 10 July 2009 00:13 (thirteen years ago) link

i actually have a song by Otto ona comp, it's an intensely moody tribute to Bob Marley and it really rolls, i've liked it for years.

― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:10 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark

Listening to this great track, "Bob", right now: I have it on a comp too, What's Happening in Pernambuco, which is great throughout -- but I don't think this was out in 2003, so what comp do you have it on?

I had no idea it was about Marley.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 10 July 2009 01:11 (thirteen years ago) link

I believe Curumin is still to make his best album, but I really like the other two

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 10 July 2009 01:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Curumin was appearing in Central Park (summerstage) NYC with Juana Molina Wednesday night. Alas, I'm in DC and no gig here

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 July 2009 03:17 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Has anyone listened to the new Céu album? Sounds to me like a dub version of a Brightblack Morning Light record with some Brazilian textures - obviously. I think sometimes her music lacks punch, but it's a good album overall.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

ed mottas that bad?

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 24 July 2009 13:09 (thirteen years ago) link

No, but I can't say he does outstanding work.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:23 (thirteen years ago) link

You're so 2 weeks ago, Shin

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 24 July 2009 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

hahaha, I really am.

this guy in NYT wrote nice things about her

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

eight months pass...

Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda,from Northeast Brazil is touring the US now with its rock meets frevo(Brazilian brass band) meets ska sound

,Apr 1 2010 8:00P
Apr 3 2010 10:00P
Apr 5 2010 6:00P
KENNEDY CENTER - WASHINGTON Washington, Washington
Apr 6 2010 8:00P
RUMBA - CHICAGO Chicago, Illinois
Apr 7 2010 8:00P
Apr 8 2010 8:00P
workshop Maciel Salú, Tiné and SHOW in New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana
Apr 9 2010 8:00P
Apr 16 2010 9:00P
Apr 17 2010 9:00P
Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Apr 18 2010 8:00P
Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 03:48 (twelve years ago) link

Here's a youtube of 'em. The Washington DC show Monday night is actually from 6 to 7 and is free.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 04:06 (twelve years ago) link

I'm looking forward to seeing them tonight.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

Anybody see anything in this fest?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 05:22 (twelve years ago) link

I want to again mention that Maria Rita is great. I don't quite get the neglect. Maybe she's too simple? Anyway, she's certainly not in the tropicalia vein, and she's not doing crazy electronic/metal/atonal mashups, so that may contribute to a lack of interest.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 24 July 2010 13:16 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

I confess that I have never previously heard of Ivete Sangalo, Brazil's biggest pop star, who just sold out a show at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:50 (twelve years ago) link

I'm trusting the word of Jon Pareles, from the NY Times, that she's the biggest current Brazilian pop star.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:55 (twelve years ago) link

The encore part must have been great.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:23 (twelve years ago) link

I liked that more than I expected to. Why haven't any of our local Brazilian experts mentioned this person before (or have they)?

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:48 (twelve years ago) link

Sangalo is definitely "not my beach" as they say in Brazil. Her tinny rhythms and shrill voice used to get right on my nerves when I was over there.

Daniel Giraffe, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 09:33 (twelve years ago) link

sad story

niels, Friday, 13 July 2018 08:50 (four years ago) link

did he really say "caramba" though

niels, Friday, 13 July 2018 08:52 (four years ago) link

Did he really toss the Lapa neighborhood, favelas, and Sugarloaf Mountain all together in one paragraph

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 July 2018 12:52 (four years ago) link

mentions albums such as:

Various Artists
Real Rio: rock, pop, noise and electronic music from Rio de Janeiro

Chinese Cookie Poets-

Opus Dei-

Juçara Marçal & Cadu Tenório

and more

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 July 2018 04:02 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

I need to catch up on both the Bandcamp stuff above (though it might be too experimental for my tastes) and this afropop podcast below

Brazil has seen its ups and downs since it became an independent empire in 1822: strongman leaders, military rule, populist democracy and more. In 2018, a politically weary nation faces a stark electoral choice between radically different futures. But whatever was happening in the halls of power, Brazil has always produced powerful, beautiful and ecstatic music, and always known how to party. On Afropop’s 2018 return trip to Brazil, We take a deep dive into the music and evolution of Carnaval in Salvador, Bahia, and dig into new developments in MPB, roots and rock from Pernambuco, Baile funk, new sounds from Amazonia and more from one of the most prolific musical nations on earth.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2018 17:27 (four years ago) link

Stern's music website says folks who buy stuff from them still like Criolo 's ESPIRAL DE ILUSAO from December 2017

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2018 19:15 (four years ago) link

Still behind in listening to the above. I guess you all are also.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:30 (four years ago) link

Still behind on listening to that Bandcamp experimental stuff and the Afropop podcast

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 August 2018 01:04 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Still so far behind in listening to 2018 Brazilian music. Am now listening to Romulo Froes- O Disco das Horas

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 04:37 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

From 2014, Arrigo Barnabe, Luiz Tatit, & Livia Nestrovski - De Nada Mais a Algo Além. The whole disk is fantastic, but here are a couple faves:

Dora Avante

Ano Bom

screator, Thursday, 3 January 2019 06:50 (three years ago) link

Google translate tells me the following about the above collaboration of age 60 something experimental musicians Barnabe and Tatit with younger vocalist Nestrovski--

After a chance meeting in 2011, at an event to honor Assis Valente and Nelson Cavaquinho, the contemporaries Arrigo Barnabé and Luiz Tatit decided to work together. To give voice to the compositions, the pair chose Lívia Nestrovski

I am not seeing anything more recent by Barnabe and Tatit via a quick internet search, but I see that Nestrovski has done work with Brazilian jazz guitarist Fred Ferreira

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2019 23:12 (three years ago) link

Via this link I then decided to also investigate Tim Bernardes (whom I can't find any prior ilxor mentions of). According to the link

Leader of the highly praised Brazilian band O Terno, the singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumantist Tim Bernardes released his debout solo album in 2017. Claimed by Brazilian icons such as Arnaldo Baptista (Os Mutantes), O Terno have played to large audiences including Primavera Sound (in Spain) and Lollapalooza BR. Tim wrote songs and recorded with brazilian tropicalist legend Tom Zé and worked with artists as Adriano Cintra (CSS), Gorky (Bonde do Rolê) and David Byrne. In his solo album he is responsible for playing, producing and writing the orchestral arrangements. His work has been reviewed by Brazilian newspaper giant O Globo describing "Tim, at 25, already seems to proves himself as the greatest songwriter of his generation”.

Not sure if he's the greatest blah blah blah, but his top tracks on Spotify are tunefully pleasant enough in a retro acoustic Brazilian pop way.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2019 23:41 (three years ago) link

Talita Avelino's latest album is on Bandcamp and not Spotify). She's got a sweet bossa voice on her prior 2017 effort. Haven't listened to her 2018 one yet.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 00:20 (three years ago) link

The Caetano Veloso 2018 live album Ofertório (Ao Vivo) with his sons Moreno, Zeca, and Tom is pretty nice. They do various songs from his whole career.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 06:59 (three years ago) link

Elza Soares at 10; Carne Doce's Tonus at #1 (who?); 34. Heavy Baile – Carne de Pescoço is funk carioca; 38 is Ava Rocha

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 07:29 (three years ago) link

Carne Doce were ok on first listen. Postpunk sorta

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:19 (three years ago) link

Wow, there's a lot to check out in that list.

One I don't see there but which I have been enjoying is Airto Moreira's Aluê (it came out Dec. 2017). Most of it I gather is rerecordings of older material, but it was all new to me.

screator, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 01:29 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Liking Sao Paulo indie-electro pop act Labaq

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:58 (three years ago) link

still like it, but no Pitchfork review so no attention outside of Brazil (despite recent short US tour)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 03:02 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

this is a spectacularly great song:


corrs unplugged, Friday, 11 October 2019 10:00 (three years ago) link

love it!

ogmor, Friday, 11 October 2019 17:09 (three years ago) link

Anitta has a track on the forthcoming Charlie's Angels sountrack.

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:13 (three years ago) link

...and here it is (released today):

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 21:11 (three years ago) link

X-post — I like reggaeton feel to the song Corrs posted

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 October 2019 17:05 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

there's now a bad drake remix of that very song

corrs unplugged, Friday, 15 November 2019 13:57 (three years ago) link

you are Drake

breastcrawl, Friday, 15 November 2019 17:08 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I think this is Romulo Froes latest album. It’s from 2018, I still like it. Great melding of trad and avante

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 January 2020 23:54 (two years ago) link

Rapper Emacita on top, followed byy Black Alien, and Eza Soares

curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 January 2020 22:01 (two years ago) link


curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 January 2020 22:01 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

baden powell's "os afrosambas" springs to mind. loving this

gaudio, Friday, 31 January 2020 21:47 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Quarantine sending me some unusual ear-worms:

Only musical instrument is jaw-harp, everything else is voice & body percussion (stomp, clap)

I really love the Bahai-an/NorthEastern scale of the female chorus, sounds Mixolydian i think?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 24 April 2020 17:24 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

anybody listening to the new Ceu album?

― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, July 9, 2009 9:04 AM (eleven years ago) bookmarkflaglink


A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 3 September 2020 17:47 (two years ago) link

She's a good not great singer but the production textures and moods she employs are consistently right up my alley

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 3 September 2020 17:48 (two years ago) link

Carlinhos Brown has 2 new releases out

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 September 2020 18:19 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

I am discovering that Mateus Aleluia, a member from Os Tincoãs, released an album in 2010 called Cinco Sentidos and that it's got to be one of most beautiful slow albums I know. Maybe I am especially the mood but I am absolutely hooked. He is 67 on the album and sings along his daughter on a few numbers. It's ravishing, spiritual.

Nabozo, Sunday, 7 March 2021 17:56 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the tip, Nabozo. This is just what I needed after a restless night last night.

I see he has some recent releases too.

giraffe, Monday, 8 March 2021 09:06 (one year ago) link

slow albums

corrs unplugged, Monday, 8 March 2021 15:51 (one year ago) link

have been enjoying Gilbertos Samba (2014) by Gilberto Gil a lot lately

corrs unplugged, Monday, 8 March 2021 16:01 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Brazil / Brasil grime and drill

There is the aforementioned N.I.N.A., a DJ-turned-rapper and forthright social critic who is unafraid to illustrate the realities of the racist, sexist industry she is forced to navigate. Behind the boards, São Paulo-based DJ Peroli has landed high-profile sets on online radio stations like Rinse FM and NTS. And behind the scenes, women like Yvie Oliveira, executive producer of the YouTube series Brasil Grime Show, are helping to shape the next generation of rappers and MCs; inspired by British platforms like Reprezent Radio,

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 23:07 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Marina Sena has her first album out and it's a breezy pop-reggae affair infused with Brazilian rhythms and a style that reminds of Marisa Monte even if her voice is less soft.

I am five songs in and this immediately goes on my playlist
Marina Sena - Voltei Pra Mim

Nabozo, Friday, 27 August 2021 14:12 (one year ago) link

And she deserves to have more posted, especially from the last songs she wrote for the album. Fantastic voice. She is fast growing on me.
Marina Sena - Me Toca
Marina Sena - Amiude

Nabozo, Friday, 27 August 2021 14:36 (one year ago) link

The whole set is wonderful (Cabelo !) and full of lyrical subtleties and variations while keeping an appearance of being upbeat and catchy. Her voice will be an acquired taste but I'm won over.

Nabozo, Friday, 27 August 2021 14:59 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I struggled a little bit at first with the Juçara Marçal album but the first and last three songs (from when the synth enters on Lembranças followed by autotune !) are really fun and diverse. I saw her the other day do a short set with Kiko Dinucci, who is really this force to reckon with, my eyes were set on his guitar and it was physical. True virtuoso and genius. And I thought Juçara was 45 and she's rather 60.
Juçara Marçal - Lembranças que Guardei (feat. Fernando Catatau)

Reminds me of Sevdaliza

Nabozo, Sunday, 28 November 2021 12:45 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...
Linn da Quebrada - I Missil

from Trava línguas which I am getting into now and strongly suggest others also do so
This kind of Brazilian jazzy r&b pop is quite unheard of

Nabozo, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 21:49 (eleven months ago) link

I'm less a fan of the electronic bass stuff, but still a wonderful creative and vibrant record by a trans artist

Nabozo, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 22:25 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

There's a new Tulipa Ruiz, called Habilidades extraordinárias ! I'll just post the opener. She sounds just as good and fresh as she did 12 year ago.
Tulipa Ruiz - Samaúma

Nabozo, Saturday, 19 November 2022 09:12 (two weeks ago) link

I'm just reporting that the first six songs here are very good, if not quite as innovative as the jazzy arrangements were on Efemera.
If there is a highlight in terms of songwriting, it is probably Kamikaze Total.
Tulipa Ruiz - Kamikaze Total

Nabozo, Sunday, 27 November 2022 20:26 (six days ago) link

This blog had Tulipa Ruiz in a top 10 list for 2015, and one of my faves Romulo Froes in a couple of other years

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 November 2022 04:35 (five days ago) link

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