s: 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.
d: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 (twenty 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"
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (twenty years ago) link
Never ever trust a Dusty Groove review 'cuz they refer to free jazz as "hippy dippy."
― hstencil, Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (twenty years ago) link
― A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:32 (twenty years ago) link
but i thought that was obvious
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:33 (twenty years ago) link
― A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:41 (twenty years ago) link
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:43 (twenty years ago) link
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 (twenty years ago) link
― Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:20 (twenty years ago) link
― Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:21 (twenty years ago) link
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 (twenty years ago) link
― oops (Oops), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:25 (twenty years ago) link
― Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:04 (twenty 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, 12 March 2003 06:10 (twenty years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 13:06 (twenty years ago) link
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 (twenty years ago) link
― Jess Hill (jesshill), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:41 (twenty years ago) link
anyone heard either and have comments? they sound pretty cool from the amg and amazon reviews.
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 22:07 (twenty years ago) link
― Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:08 (twenty years ago) link
― Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:17 (twenty years ago) link
― Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:23 (twenty years ago) link
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 (twenty years ago) link
― Daniel (dancity), Thursday, 15 May 2003 07:02 (twenty years ago) link
the marquee and amabis discs are nice enough. nice being the word to watch.
― gaz (gaz), Thursday, 15 May 2003 08:43 (twenty years ago) link
― Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Thursday, 15 May 2003 09:12 (twenty years ago) link
― Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:04 (twenty years ago) link
― Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:11 (twenty years ago) link
anybody listening to the new Ceu album?
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:04 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) link
Nobody here into Curumin?
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 10 July 2009 00:09 (fourteen years ago) link
i am now!
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 10 July 2009 00:13 (fourteen years ago) link
― 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
ed mottas that bad?
― titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 24 July 2009 13:09 (fourteen years ago) link
No, but I can't say he does outstanding work.
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:23 (fourteen years ago) link
You're so 2 weeks ago, Shin
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 24 July 2009 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link
hahaha, I really am.
this guy in NYT wrote nice things about her http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/arts/music/23ceu.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=c%C3%A9u&st=cse
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link
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 LINCOLN CENTER - NEW YORK New York, New YorkApr 3 2010 10:00P SOB´S - NEW YORK NEW YORK, New YorkApr 5 2010 6:00P KENNEDY CENTER - WASHINGTON Washington, WashingtonApr 6 2010 8:00P RUMBA - CHICAGO Chicago, IllinoisApr 7 2010 8:00P PERCUSSION AND BRASS WORKSHOP IN NEW ORLEANS New Orleans, LouisianaApr 8 2010 8:00P workshop Maciel Salú, Tiné and SHOW in New Orleans New Orleans, LouisianaApr 9 2010 8:00P HEINEKEN TRANSATLANTIC Miami, FloridaApr 16 2010 9:00P AUDITÓRIO IBIRAPUERA - SP São Paulo, São PauloApr 17 2010 9:00P Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de janeiro, Rio de JaneiroApr 18 2010 8:00P Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 03:48 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link
I'm looking forward to seeing them tonight.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link
Anybody see anything in this fest?
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 05:22 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link
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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link
The encore part must have been great.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:23 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link
you are Drake
― breastcrawl, Friday, 15 November 2019 17:08 (four years ago) link
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 (three years ago) link
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 January 2020 06:04 (three years ago) link
Rapper Emacita on top, followed byy Black Alien, and Eza Soares
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 January 2020 22:01 (three years ago) link
baden powell's "os afrosambas" springs to mind. loving this
― gaudio, Friday, 31 January 2020 21:47 (three years ago) link
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 (three years ago) link
anybody listening to the new Ceu album?― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, July 9, 2009 9:04 AM (eleven years ago) bookmarkflaglink
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― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 3 September 2020 17:47 (three 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 (three years ago) link
Carlinhos Brown has 2 new releases out
― curmudgeon, Friday, 4 September 2020 18:19 (three years ago) link
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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link
― corrs unplugged, Monday, 8 March 2021 15:51 (two years ago) link
have been enjoying Gilbertos Samba (2014) by Gilberto Gil a lot lately
― corrs unplugged, Monday, 8 March 2021 16:01 (two years ago) link
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 (two years ago) link
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 playlisthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoKOOnchcbgMarina Sena - Voltei Pra Mim
― Nabozo, Friday, 27 August 2021 14:12 (two years 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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZvklZlkPNMMarina Sena - Me Toca
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2oCXnPgTW0Marina Sena - Amiude
― Nabozo, Friday, 27 August 2021 14:36 (two years 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 (two years ago) link
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqGZTrbjhrEJuçara Marçal - Lembranças que Guardei (feat. Fernando Catatau)
Reminds me of Sevdaliza
― Nabozo, Sunday, 28 November 2021 12:45 (two years ago) link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBDq_-D4jdYLinn da Quebrada - I Missil
from Trava línguas which I am getting into now and strongly suggest others also do soThis kind of Brazilian jazzy r&b pop is quite unheard of
― Nabozo, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 21:49 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBqy4z5xc1oTulipa Ruiz - Samaúma
― Nabozo, Saturday, 19 November 2022 09:12 (one year 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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7JdNIBneoATulipa Ruiz - Kamikaze Total
― Nabozo, Sunday, 27 November 2022 20:26 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
sessa - "estrela acesa" and tim bernardes - "mil coisas invisíveis" are two i really enjoyed this year. both could be described as retro and i saw today that both made the aquarium drunkard EOY list.
― budo jeru, Monday, 12 December 2022 17:04 (eleven months ago) link
bernardes record kind of a downer singer-songwriter workout for fans of caetano's "transa" while the sessa record is more like mystic samba in the vein of powell / de moraes.
― budo jeru, Monday, 12 December 2022 17:13 (eleven months ago) link
agree, two v good records
― corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 13 December 2022 10:04 (eleven months ago) link
Listened to Bernardes last night. Good but retro and Caetano Velosa like
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 December 2022 15:23 (eleven months ago) link
Veloso and maybe shouldn't have said "but"
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 December 2022 15:24 (eleven months ago) link
Really enjoying the Tim Bernardes album and wish I'd heard it in time to nominate it for the EOY poll. I get that it's retro but it's a sound that should never die.
― Chris L, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 13:06 (ten months ago) link
Seem to recall his previous album was also very satisfying. And was he in some famous rock group?
― corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 13:13 (ten months ago) link
he's still part of the band (he also founded it), O Terno.they're kinda big in the independent scene, but by no means they're 'famous'
― fpsa, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 15:36 (ten months ago) link
BaianaSystem’s music was in constant dialogue with the country’s zeitgeist. A year after Bolsonaro took office, the band released their sophomore album, O Futuro Não Demora (“The Future Won’t Take Long”). They weren’t strangers to sharing direct, uncompromising messages with their listeners — their first album was full of sharp, stabbing lyrics blended with Afro-Latin tones, a punk rock attitude, and traces of Bahia’s pagodão, a modern percussion-soaked strand of samba. Their second release was even more blunt: In the feverish modern mambo jam “Sulamericano,” French-Colombian artist Manu Chao joins in as Passapusso sings, “Counter-attack, I’m making plans to counter-attack.”
― curmudgeon, Monday, 3 April 2023 00:24 (eight months ago) link
Djavan is an old-timer at this point and some of his songs are too busy or too jazz fusiony for me, but I love his ballads and liked some of his songs on his most recent album D. He's starting on his first North American tour in 13 years. Thinking I might go see his suburban DC area gig Friday night
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 April 2023 20:58 (seven months ago) link
I'm enjoying the new album by Rogê - 'new' but leans heavily on Baden/Vinicius, Jorge Ben, Verocai etc. https://www.waxpoetics.com/article/roge-samba-rock-meets-tommy-brenneck-bespoke-soul/
― giraffe, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 14:34 (six months ago) link
great recommendation, thanks!
― corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 16:13 (six months ago) link
will check this out
― budo jeru, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 17:25 (six months ago) link
ok, so this fucking rules
― budo jeru, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 17:37 (six months ago) link
Fun comp, pretty wild nursery tales sometymes, varied x compatible enough, on Mr. Bongo's Bandcamp: https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0753925496_16.jpg
― dow, Wednesday, 17 May 2023 18:22 (six months ago) link
This week: A special Semipop Life guest post from @BrazilBeat1, so you can get your dirty samba recommendations wholesale without me playing middleman and asking "but how much does this sound like Tom Zé really":https://t.co/b1UfgjEW03 pic.twitter.com/fQU2K3TI1s— bradluen (@bradluen) May 14, 2023
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:32 (six months ago) link
Luedji Luna, r&b crooner from Salvador, Bahia
― corrs unplugged, Sunday, 2 July 2023 20:53 (five months ago) link
Enjoying the most recent Julia Mestre album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QoWXDh-0As
― giraffe, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 08:20 (two months ago) link
The album is called Arrepiada and it's lovely.
― giraffe, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 08:21 (two months ago) link
I'm only coming back to it now, but I still think Marina Sena is fascinating, even in an ocean of autotune. The album is Vicio Inerente.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RT1BKhL51IOlho no Gato
― Nabozo, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 12:16 (two months ago) link
Tidal served me up that Rogê album and I'm loving it - those strings!
― Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 7 November 2023 10:27 (one month ago) link
Roge is doing some US gigs shortly. A one hour free one in DC at Kennedy Center on November 30 at 6pm et that will also be streamed on Kennedy Center YouTube and Facebook ( and archived on YouTube) plus a Los Angeles gig December 5 says Spotify
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 November 2023 16:30 (one month ago) link
Romulo Flores who is one of many acts mentioned in this blog , has 2 collaboration releases this year — Na Goela which combines traditional Brazilian with noisy guitar rock & is with Tiago Rosas; and Elefante which is more tuneful Brazilian and is recorded with Rodrigo Campos. The blogger just mentions the noisier one and compares it to a Wire album. I don’t exactly hear Wire on that one
― curmudgeon, Friday, 17 November 2023 21:58 (three weeks ago) link
Eh typo . Romulo Froes with an accent mark over the o in Froes
― curmudgeon, Friday, 17 November 2023 22:00 (three weeks ago) link
The one time I went to Brazil we planned on seeing Romulo Froes perform, but our flights there got delayed and we missed the gig.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 19 November 2023 18:09 (three weeks ago) link
I still need to listen to more acts mentioned on that Brazilbeat blog
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 November 2023 23:43 (two weeks ago) link