What happens when DJs/Producers from around the world add their own unique style of ‘bass music’ in a blender with various ingredients extracted from the Morros (hills) of Brazil’s Favelas?
In the words of Mr. Bongo: “Welcome to Neo Baile, a new take on the traditional sounds and aesthetics of Brazil’s Baile Funk (or Funk Carioca) that challenges the established order to create something new, exciting and forward thinking. Mr Bongo is extremely proud to present The Sound of Neo Baile compilation, featuring 14 unreleased and exclusive tracks from worldwide producers that reinterpret the love-it-or-hate-it Brazilian Baile Funk sound. The compilation has been put together by two of the movement’s most knowledgeable players: Sao Paulo-based Funk na Caixa a.k.a. Renato Martins and London-based Sean Casey a.k.a. Bumps, founder of Club Popozuda.”
The release is a 17-track various artists compilation slated to drop worldwide June 10th, 2013. Just in time to add some more heat to the already sweaty summer dance floors! What’s it sound like, you ask? Well, it’s packed with plenty of bass, plenty of Brazilian Portuguese vocal samples, synth melodies and hints of the genre’s own ‘tamborzão’ (big drum) percussion loops. This release is perfect for those who already love Baile Funk, or just for those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to live in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City a.k.a. Rio de Janeiro) but would like to shake their ‘bundas’ (butts) in their perspective cities around the world as if they really were at a Baile Funk Party in the Favela. I assume this explains the term ‘Neo’ in the title. It’s a new take on an already existing genre. Globo (globe) implies the international tinge to this project, as each of the producers on it is from different countries around the world. More influences the better, I say, as it adds to the already diverse sounds you hear on the comp.
To be clear, there is definitely a difference between straight ‘Funk Carioca’ and ‘Neo Baile Funk.’ For example, if you were to purchase a Baile Funk compilation in Rio, you might notice the rigid template of production from track to track. It’s a common trend in Electronic Dance genres across the board. For example, in Drum n Bass, they recycle the infamous 6-second loop called the ‘Amen break.’ In Baltimore Club music, it’s the ‘Think Break.’ In Reggaeton, it’s the ‘Dembow‘ break, and so on. In Funk Carioca, they use the ‘Tamborzao/Tamborzinho.’ According to Wikepedia, “Tamborzão beats use samples of Brazilian hand drums, particularly the atabaque, in arrangements that are close to the same as those used in Maculelê capoeira.”
This release breaks that mold, and throws in 808 kicks, snares, hi-hats in multiple patterns… Trap/Hip-Hop, Kuduro/Soca, House, Baltimore Club, etc. All in all, it makes it a bit more accessible for the casual night clubber, mixing the genre with familiar sounds, while also blending perfectly with the original Rio-based productions. A win-win situation for all.