Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!
“I was blown away when I heard (Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!). It wasn’t just one or two tracks… most of it was sensational. What you’re doing in Brazil is amazing” Gilles Peterson
Mixing Brazilian styles such as tropicalia, manguebeat andwith rock, pop, new wave and electro “Oi! A Nova Música Brasileira!” is the sound of the Brazilian alternative/ leftfield scene now and features a dizzying array of mind-blowing new Brazilian genres.
Compiler Mais Um Gringo explains how the album came about: “All the Brazilian compilations I found either offered a tired mix of nu-bossa and nu-samba or were titles covering niche genres like baile-funk. I was looking for an album that provided an overview of the most exciting new Brazilian music across all genres”
Following months of 21st century crate-digging – trawling blogs and websites for the hottest artists and tracks – compiler & owner of Mais Um Discos Mais Um Gringo set off to Brazil in late 2009. From Sao Paulo’s thriving singer-songwriter scene to the fertile manguebeat scene of Recife via the tecnobrega rave heartland of Belem and rock city Goiana, he left no MP3 unheard of ending up with a wishlist of 40 artists from 14 Brazilian states.
“The artists that really excited me were those who mixed Brazilian styles with more western influences such as new wave, rave, electro, dub and indie to create Brazilian music that was both foreign yet familiar. Western artists have always taken musical inspiration from Brazil yet thanks to affordable music equipment and widespread broadband Brazil’s young musicians are now redressing this balance. ‘Oi!” is this generation’s calling card.”
Here are some videos of tracks featured on the collection:
Mini Box Lunar ‘Amarelasse’ (Amapá)
Described by one reviewer as “Jefferson Airplane with calypso”, comparisons with Os Mutantes are also inevitable due to their youthful mastery of a dizzying array of genres. Whether playing insane country funk, psychedelic ballads, Amazonian waltzes orcalypso-marchinha (as on ‘Amarelasse’), they create a sound that is best described as ‘Miaaaaaaow’. The video below sees them performing an acoustic version of the track whilst wandering the back streets of São Paulo
Catarina Dee Jah – Kay Fora
This former DJ now manguebeat-pop-star-in-waiting makes punky-brega with a nod to “Parallel Lines” era Blondie & 80s hip-hop divas. Part Debby Harry, Roxanne Shante & Elis Regina, Catarina has that indefinable pop star essence in abundance. The below version is a duet with the queen of technobega Gaby Amarantos – Gaby features again later with her technobrega powerhouse ‘Melody Do Vetron’.
China ‘Colocando Sal Nas Feridas’ (Pernambuco)
With a nod to Parliament and the Beasties, ‘Colocando Sal Nas Feridas’ sees this self-proclaimed playboy efforlessly blending tropical rock-funk with mangue-hip-hop. His punk-funk attitude & hip-hop swagger make him therudebwoy to Catarina Dee Jah’s (CD2,2) rudegal, and so it delights us to hear that he’s been drafted in to produce her debut album. We cannot wait to hear the results…
Gaby Amarantos ‘Melody Do Vetron’ (Belém)
Gaby – the “Amazonian Beyonce” – is the queen of tecnobrega which is as popular in Belém as baile-funk is inRio De Janeiro. With Diplo rumoured to have been working with Gaby, tecnobrega is surely due it’s moment on the world rave stage soon. The track we’ve included sees her let rip like a tropical Cyndi Lauper over a Casio-tone brega-beat & demented synths in an ode to the Vetron aparelhagem (sound system). The video features Gaby and the 2 dudes from Vetron dancing around what looks like a fairground ride but is actually the Vetron DJ booth. If only all videos were as much fun as this…
Siba E Roberto Corrêa – Cara De Bronze (Pernambuco)
Siba is the Northeast’s leading folk-revivalist and Roberto a master of the Central Western style of guitar playing. Underpinned by Roberto’s plaintive guitar and his own charmingly scratchy rabeca (fiddle), Siba calls out to the ‘violeiro’ (guitar player) who spends all night searching for the perfect song. Their album “Violas De Bronze” is utterly sublime – the video of them playing ‘Cara..’ below is simply bewitching…
Alessandra Leao – Boa Hora
Alessandra is one of Brazil’s most promising ‘manguefolk’ singer-songwriters. A serial collaborator, she has worked with Siba (CD1, 19) and China (CD1, 9), the album this track was taken from was co-written with Juliano Holanda (Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda – CD1, 15) and produced by Cacapa, and she is about to start work on a new project with Jam Da Silva (CD2, 5). We couldn’t resist this life-affirming Afro-samba-de-roda where she cries for us all to have a ‘Boa Hora (Good Time)’…
Instituto ‘Ossario’ (São Paulo)
Between them this Sao Paulo-based beat-head super-group have worked with Nação Zumbi, Bnegão, Curumin, DJ Dolores, Chernobyl, Ceu, Otto, Lucas Santtana & China amongst many, many others. Featuring Fernando Catatau (Cidadão Instigado, CD1, 6) on guitar, ‘Ossario’ is a brooding David Axelrod influenced groove. The accompanying promo video shows acclaimed artist Alexandre Orion producing one of his ‘art-less pollution’ pieces that is a unique spin on street-art.
www.myspace.com/instituto // http://www.alexandreorion.com/ossario/video.html
Lucas Santtana – Hold Me In (Bahia)
Using only guitars and voices on the album that this sensual electro-acoustic ballad comes from, ‘Sem Nostalgia’ sits alongside CéU’s ‘Vagarosa’ as our favourite Brazilian album of 2009. Pushing the boundaries of contemporaryBrazilian music in different directions they make wonderful companion pieces yet whilst CéU’s album swept the boards, Lucas’s tragically received few plaudits outside of Brazil. Below he delivers a smouldering electro-acoustic version of ‘Hold Me In’
Diego de Moraes e O Sindicato ‘Amigo’ (Goias)
A perky folk jolly that morphs into Tropicália-reggae-thrash frenzy, ‘Amigo’ is the perfect example of Diego & the Sindicate’s schizophrenic reggae-folk-rock. The version below was filmed at the Goiana Noise Festival in 2009 and features addedmoog-noodling (moogling?) from Astronauta Pinguim, the self-titled ‘moog man from Brasil’.
Porcas Borboletas – Nome Próprio (Minas Gerais)
Taut post-punk gem that ripples with menace from the Pig Butterflies, one of Brazil’s most exciting live bands. As you can see on the below video they deliver a theatrically chaotic live-show full of new wave energy, hand-stands and flying paint-cans.
Coletivo Rádio Cipó ‘Amor Brejeiro’ (Belém)
Rádio Cipó are a multi-ethnic, cross-generational collective from Belém in the far north of Brasil. The track we’ve plumped for features Septuagenarian Dona Oneto crooning over a rolling slice of tropical-dub-funk. Casarão Cultural Floresta Sonora, a production house affiliated to Rádio Cipó, are responsible for some of Belém’s most interesting new music. The link below shows Rádio Cipó performing ‘Amor Brejeiro’ in Brasilia in June of this year.
Chico Correa & Electronic Band ‘Eu Pisei Na Pedra’ (Paraiba)
Fernanda Cabral provides the haunting vocals on Chico’s electro-dub retelling of Brazilian folk standard ‘I Stepped On The Stone’. Sounding like ‘Protection’-era Massive Attack jamming with Tunng, Chico effortlessly blendsdub, electronics and Brazilian rhythms to give this folk classic a timeless update. An in-demand musician he’s worked with Lucas Santtana (CD1, 11), Pio Lobato (CD2, 13), BaianaSystem (CD2, 9) & DJ Dolores (CD2, 8). Here’s a video of a very heavy live version of the track
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