Friday, October 23, 2009

The Breakdown: Brazilian stuff

One of the real good bands I did catch at Bellingen the other week was a Brazilian combo from Sydney called Samba Mundi. I reckon Brazilian music can go wrong pretty quickly and it may have been the pre-mixed gin cans (only thing available, apart from beer and sobriety. no thanks) going to my head but these guys were killer - great musicians with heaps of energy who kept the crowd moving plenty. The tracks I heard on their Myspace don't really do justice to the live sound so if you get the chance go check 'em out. But anyways, when I got home got on a bit of a Brazilian thing so thought I'd share a few of the Brazilian tunes I've been digging on recently...

Wilson Das Neves E Conjunto - Pick Up the Pieces (Underground LP 'O Som Quente E O Das Neves' , 1976)

A samba influenced version of Average White Band with mega percussion performed by an army of men in white slacks? That has to be a winner. Definately one of my favourite Brazilian things and a real dancefloor weapon. Picked this up cheap(ish) in Toronto when I was digging with hardly any cash - found a bunch of stuff I couldn't say no to and ended up having to eat nothing but fruit for a week. It was worth it.

Love the brass and the bouncy bass on this one. Off Lins' debut record he went on to a long and distiguished career in Brazil and the US. He recorded with many international stars like the Q and The Smoothness (George Benson) and is still going today. This is my favourite of his though.

Som Tres - Take It Easy My Brother Charles (Odeon LP 'ST', 1969)

Originally done by Jorge Ben and I'm still not sure which version is my favourite, although at the moment I'm leaning towards this one. If you haven't heard anything from these jazz/funk greats of Brazil go get some, almost everything they did in the late 60's/early 70's is killer. Of course this is going out to my brother Charlie (Bucket)

Much love to my girly for buying me this one when I was down one day. You should already know about Tim cos he has so many good, funky tunes.

DJ Nuts - Cultura Copia mix

Insane mix of rare Brazilian breaks and funk by one of Brazil's most respected DJ's and turntablists DJ Nuts. Seriously one of the best mixes I've ever heard period.

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