There's going to be a lot of running about and throwing sticks (Olympics) and the kicking of inflated pigs' bladders (World Cup) in Brazil in the near future, so I thought I'd take a look at their music via this new release.
I was impressed both by the fact that they have one single word for f~~~~ cool - "daora" - and by the explosion of sounds on this double CD, with everything from reggae to funk, and the sound of junkyard dogs doing drum solos.
You'd expect the funk, reggae and samba but there's also trippy stuff such as the bass heavy Blu from DJ Mako or the Steve Miller-ish trippy Para Mulatu from Amabis. There's also a fair amount of hip hop. I enjoy rap in foreign languages, because you can enjoy the cadence of the voice without the lyrics - which could be about Percy Filth for all I know - getting in the way. Pedaço De Nada from Elo Da Corrente proves that this holds true in Portuguese. As if all this wasn't enough, there's Afrobeat from the likes of Iconili and Bixiga 70, both on CD2.
I made up the bit about junkyard dogs doing drum solos but it has got that edgy feel to it throughout, like someone dragged these people off the throbbing streets and made them lay down the tracks before the sweat stopped dripping off their end of their noses.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it.