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Take A Musical Journey to Brazil

July 2, 2013 Artist News No Comments

SpanningTheGlobe_BRAZIL_playlistSince Brazil has been very much in the global spotlight lately (and no doubt will continue to be for the foreseeable future), we thought we might compile a sampler of a few of our favorite Brazilian or Brazil-inspired artists.

The tracks below run the gamut from Classic Samba to Contemporary Baile Funk. Highlights include “Nobody Can Live Forever,” a vintage classic by 1970′s Brazilian Funk/Soul superstar Tim Maia, whose extraordinary story is told in this short animated feature narrated by Devandra Banhart; the mellow “Samba É Tudo” from renowned singer/guitarist Celso Fonseca and his frequent collaborator, composer Ronaldo Bastos; a Pitbull-assisted remix of Brazilian sertaneja star Michel Teló ‘s 2010 smash hit “Ai Se Eu Te Pego,” which sold 16 million copies worldwide, reached #1 in 18 countries and made Teló the first Brazlian artist to hit the Billboard “Hot 100″ since Sergio Mendes; UK producer Sao Benitez’ English-language re-imagining of the Juca Chaves favorite “Take Me Back To Piaui;” and a 1971 recording of Dorival Caymmi‘s bossa nova classic “Das Rosas” by famed singer Maria Creuza.

Enjoy this musical journey on Spotify or Rdio, or directly below:


Funk Globo: The Sound of Neo Baile

May 23, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Funk Globo: The Sound of Neo Baile

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.

We Don’t Just Sell Music, You Know

November 28, 2012 Artist News, Orchard News No Comments

DJ Comrade "Favela Trap"Over here in the Physical department at The Orchard, the sales reps are privileged to rep CDs from some of the finest musicans and DJs in the world. When a legendary DJ like DJ Premier is in the house to discuss his latest project, you best believe we’re paying attention! And we’re always happy to see someone like RJD2 pop by too. In 2012 so far, we’ve sold and marketed old school legends ranging from Premo to Pop royalty Dionne Warwick, from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion to Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, with his first collection of Original Hits. Of course, Pitbull’s booty shakin’ dancefloor anthems have their roots in both the Miami bass scene and his earliest mentor Luke and the Southern crunk beats popularized by his early producer and collaborator Lil Jon.

EDM, or Electronic Dance Music, is constantly evolving and morphing into the latest flavas. Somewhere in the mid-2000s DJ Diplo picked up on a Brazilian Dance craze, Baile Funk, the latest crossover music rockin’ all the favela (communal Brazilian shanty town) parties in the working class neighborhoods of Rio De Janeiro. Of course Diplo has gone on to become a superstar DJ and producer and spread the Brazilian funkiness everywhere he went in the States. Meanwhile back at The Orchard Sales department, Comrade Xão was working alongside some of the very same original sales reps who first blew up Pitbull, Lil Jon and Ying Yang Twins to gold, platinum and multi-platinum status. The Orchard got busy releasing greatest (or Crunkest) hits compilations from all three artists while Comrade Xao played parties in Brooklyn and visited the favelas of Rio to check out the party scene first-hand and show the locals his latest fusion of all of these influences. After a few close encounters with the machine gun toting favela security forces and the equally feared local polícia, Chris brought back his newly added Rio street knowledge to his mixes in New York.

And so it is with great pride that The Orchard Physical Sales department can now say, “we not only sell great music, but make it as well!” Ok, we know what you’re thinking…. sure, some of the reps have played in bands with label deals before and can rock a fierce, power chorded version of the Kinks “Father Christmas” at The Orchard Christmas party. Not what we’re talking about…. 5 minutes of fame on a small stage. Nah, Comrade Xao is rocking a complete full album release here, featuring some of Rio’s hottest MC’s over cutting edge Baile Funk/Trap beats and he’ll be hitting the sunny streets of Rio just in time to unleash Favela Trap for its December 12 street date. Check for it at your favorite online retailers and don’t take our word for it. Listen to Rio’s own DJ Wooles (Apavoramento Sound System): “DOPE!!! This style will bring a fresh air to baile funk overseas.”  And…. “There is only one release this year that I have been looking forward to for so f*&%#in’ long: DJ Comrade’s Favela Trap,” straight from the mouth of Dutch wonder kid and producer Munchi (Selegna, T&A, Mad Decent).

We see new releases come and go all the time over here. But fresh Dance music is like awesome fresh coffee, the real stuff hard is to find. Now you know!

Cults, Music, Drugs and Brazil – This Ain’t No Telenovela But The Story of Tim Maia

July 17, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Tim MaiaVery rarely is an unreliable, unpredictable, explosive and at times uncontainable personality in music matched with such a talented, emotional and subtle soul. Enter: Tim Maia. As a Brazilian Jazz/Soul singer, Tim ironically embodied all that is Rock n’ Roll.

He is said to have begun his career in music via New York City in the late 50′s and early 60′s but was quickly sent back to Brazil after a run-in with the law. Back in his homeland, he found himself integrating American Soul throughout his native rhythms of Brazil, creating styles never heard before in the country.

He released numerous albums beginning in 1970 (many of which were self-titled Tim Maia) and quickly gained notoriety and interest with hits like “These Are the Songs” (later re-recorded by Pieno Verão), “Azul da Cor do Mar” and “Não Quero Dinheiro (Só Quero Amar)”….but this hype was short lived. Maia’s drug habits and spiritual passion often took precedent over meetings, professionalism, business etiquette and at times his own shows. His political motivations and involvement in cult-like groups is also said to have hindered his path to further acclamation and recognition.

All that said, and with all of Maia’s curious personal issues, few have been able to disregard the iconic imprint he left on Brazilian/World music. He fused American Soul with Brazilian Samba and Baião, creating a beautiful and cheerful Soul/Funk/Jazz/Latin stew – that just tastes so good.

According to NPR, on October 2nd, Luaka Bop is planning to release Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia which features some of Maia’s most notable (and maybe some overlooked) tracks throughout his career. Watch the preview below:

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