• Sixties Brazilian swing LP Ataque by Eumir Deodato and Os Catedráticos reissued for the first time

    By | October 26, 2018

    A groovier side of the magical, hazy sound of ’60s Rio.

    Ataque, the 1965 album by the prolific Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato and his group Os Catedráticos, will be reissued by Far Out Recordings in December.

    Read more: “It’s about taking responsibility for our future”: How Brazil is reclaiming its record culture

    Eumir Deodato has composed, arranged, produced and played on nearly 500 albums, including 16 platinum LPS, as well as alongside musicians including Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire and Björk.

    Before moving to New York in the late 1960s, Deodato’s musical talents made him a household name in Brazil where he worked with artists including Marcos Valle and Joao Donato.

    Os Catedráticos was Deodato’s lesser known samba jazz and bossa nova ensemble. Between 1964-65 they released three albums including Ataque in ’65.

    Along with Deodato’s own compositions, Ataque includes compositions by Baden Powell, Luiz Bonfa and Marcos & Paulo Sergio Valle. It’s a masterpiece of groovy Brazilian rhythms with psychedelic elements from organ solos and brass arrangements.

    Check out the album’s title track below:

    Far Out Recordings, who specialise in Brazilian music, recently released the second album from Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas and have previously released music by Brazilian legends such as Marcos Valle and Azymuth.

    Pre-order Ataque here ahead of its 7th December, and check out the track list below:

    Tracklist

    Side A

    A1. Ataque
    A2. Os Grilos
    A3. É Bom Parar…
    A4. Feitinha P’ro Poeta
    A5. Terra De Ninguém
    A6. Razão De Viver

    Side B

    B1. Tristeza
    B2. Samba Do Dom Natural
    B3. O Sol Nascera (A Sorrir)
    B4. Samba De Rei
    B5. Até De Cavaquinho
    B6. Porque Somos Iguais

  • Explore Brazil’s psychedelic music heritage through its record sleeves

    By | September 19, 2018

    A riot of colour, design and radical photography.

    Lindo Sonho Delirante is a book series chronicling Brazil’s rich and varied history of psychedelic music, from the Tropicalia manifesto Tropicália ou Panis et Circencis to obscure synth samba of the mid-’80s.

    Spread across two editions that feature 100 records each and span the seventeen years between 1968 and 1985, Lindo Sonho Delirante represents the first comprehensive, bilingual catalogue of music from the country’s psychedelic underground.

    Released in the shadow of the military dictatorship, many of the records featured were openly or obliquely subversive, employing radical, acid-laced artwork to supplement music that took influence from its afro-Brazilian heritage, and UK/US pop music in equal measure.

    Collected by journalist and record collector Bento Araujo, the records selected in both volumes act as a starting point for the uninitiated, and a value resource for those more acquainted with the music, for what is an insider’s take on the country’s most important records.

    With a UK and European book tour planned for October and November, Araujo sent over a selection of record sleeves from the second volume of Lindo Sonho Delirante. You can find the tour dates at the foot of the article.

    Aratanha Azul
    Aratanha Azul
    (Rozenblit, 1979)

    Listen / Buy


    Arrigo Barnabé E A Banda Sabor De Veneno
    Clara Crocodilo
    (Self-released, 1980)

    Listen / Buy


    Belchior
    Alucinação
    (Philips, 1976)

    Listen / Buy


    Cátia De França
    20 Palavras Ao Redor Do Sol
    (Epic, 1979)

    Listen / Buy


    Cesar Mariano & Cia.
    São Paulo • Brasil
    (RCA Victor, 1977)

    Listen / Buy


    Djalma Corrêa
    Baiafro
    (Philips, 1978)

    Listen / Buy


    Raimundo Fagner
    Orós
    (CBS, 1977)

    Listen / Buy


    Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol
    Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol
    (Solar, 1976)

    Listen / Buy


    Grupo Um
    Marcha Sobre A Cidade
    (Tapecar, 1979)

    Listen / Buy


    Jocy de Oliveira
    Estórias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acústicos e Eletrônicos
    (Fif, 1981)

    Listen / Buy


    Luli & Lucinha
    Luli & Lucinha
    (Nós Lá Em Casa, 1978)

    Listen / Buy


    Odair José ‎
    O Filho De José E Maria
    (RCA Victor, 1977)

    Listen / Buy


    Piry Reis
    Caminho Do Interior
    (Carmo, 1984)

    Listen / Buy


    Quintal De Clorofila
    O Mistério Dos Quintais
    (Bobby Som, 1983)

    Listen / Buy


    Various ‎Artists
    Trindade
    (Tapecar, 1978)

    Listen / Buy


    Lindo Sonho Delirante book launch tour ’18

    23.10 FRA (Paris) Embassy of Brazil
    23.10 FRA (Paris) Le Mellotron
    24.10 FRA (Paris) Superfly Records
    26.10 GER (Frankfurt) Saravá, YachtClub
    27.10 SWE (Stockholm), Hotel At Six, Hosoi Bar
    29.10 DEN (Copenhagen), Alice CPH
    31.10 UK (London) Embassy of Brazil
    31.10 UK (London) Spiritland
    01.11 UK (London) Brilliant Corners
    02.11 UK (London) Sounds of the Universe
    11.11 FRA (Paris) Paris Loves Vinyl #5

  • Brazilian jazz pianist Amaro Freitas announces new album on Far Out

    By | August 31, 2018

    Mixing carnival rhythms with John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk-esque roots.

    Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas is releasing a new album called Rasif, this October via Far Out Recordings.

    Hailing from the country’s north east coast, Freitas started learning the instrument at the age of 12, in a church band lead by his father, before earning a place at the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música as a teenager.

    A follow-up to his 2016 debut Sangue Negro, Rasif was composed and produced entirely by Freitas and described by Far Out as “a love letter to his native northeast.”

    “I want to show the simplicity of music, to break the stigma that the piano is for a particular social class,” he explains.

    “Yes, it’s a difficult instrument, which many people do not have access to, but with it you can express everything.”

    Recorded at Carranca Studio in Recife, its six tracks feature Hugo Medeiros on drums, Jean Elton on double bass, and Henrique Albino on baritone saxophone, flutes and clarinet.

    Pre-order a copy of the album here ahead of its 19th October release, listen to first single ‘Mantra’ and check out the track list below.

  • VF Mix 146: Onda de Amor by Millos Kaiser

    By | August 2, 2018

    Brazilian synth and boogie oddities from the ’80s and early ’90s.

    Some compilations enshrine regional canons, others punch above their weight, making grand claims for wilfully obscure selections. Just occasionally though, a compilation comes along that knows it stands on the fringes of greatness, but just lets the music do the talking.

    So it is with Soundway’s most recent collection Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94), compiled by one half of Selvagem Millos Kaiser. Overlooked, cast aside or just never really considered commercially viable, the comp proves that sometimes synths do get better with age, whether on Vania Bastos’ silky cover of Sade’s ‘Sweetest Taboo’ or the Casio horn section on chipmunk funk outlier ‘Toque Tambor’.

    To accompany the compilation, Kaiser has unearthed sixteen more mis-hits and playlist off-cuts for this hour-long mix. Consider this Onda De Amor 2.0, the second part to a story we hope will run and run.


    Tracklist:

    1. Evandro Terra – Dim Dim Dom Dom
    2. Strike – Polícia
    3. Band’Axé – Menino do Pelô (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    4. Reflexu’s – Kangala (Festa das Bebidas)
    5. Rosana Mendez & Grupo Veneno – Reague
    6. DJ Raffa – Amazonia
    7. The Brother’s Rap – Rap’agode (Remix)
    8. Damas do Rap – Sonho Real
    9. Rick & Nando – Cidade
    10. Cassia Eller – Eles (Instrumental Remix)
    11. Villa Box – Break de Rua (Versão Longa)
    12. Sarajane – Por Que Você (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    13. Os Abelhudos – Contos de Escola (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    14. Os Magrellos – Deixe O Ritmo Controlar
    15. Nanda Rossi – Livre Pra Voar (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    16. Athalyba Man – Ficar de Mal

    Catch Millos DJ through August:

    August 3rd – w/Selvagem @ Concrete (Paris)
    August 4th – w/Selvagem @ Dekmantel (Amsterdam)
    August 11th @ Good Block (London)
    August 12th @ Giant Steps – Houghton Festival (Norfolk)
    August 17th @ Pavillon d’Été (Bordeaux)
    August 18th @ Le Sucre (Lyon)

  • Trio Ternura’s ’70s Brazilian super jam ‘A Gira’ reissued for the first time

    By | July 31, 2018

    A poly-rhythmic slice of boogie previously fetching £250+.

    Given that Melodies International’s last release was the sublime reissue of Franke Knuckles’ Womack & Womack ‘Missing Person’s Bureau’ edits, you’d be forgiven for thinking that, perhaps, their next record might not measure up.

    Listen next: Discover the scorching sound of ’60s Brazilian bossa

    Following in equally stellar fashion, however, is the label’s 12th release – the first ever reissue of Trio Ternura’s coveted and elusive MPB 7″ ‘A Gira’ / ‘Last Tango in Paris’.

    Trio Ternura (which translates to Tenderness Trio), was truly a family affair – the group consisted of three siblings, with other members of their family assuming songwriting and instrumental duties.

    Originally released in 1973, ‘A Gira’ was created by Trio Ternura’s father and uncle, as an homage to the Candomblé deity.

    According to the siblings, the song “has the dancing, the expression, the lyrics and musical relaxation – something very Brazilian.”

    Described by Melodies as “a tribute to nature, spirituality and mindfulness,” ‘A Gira’ fuses Brazilian influences with percussive poly-rhythms.

    The track is backed with Trio Ternura’s version of Gato Barbieri’s ‘Last Tango in Paris’ on the reverse, and accompanied by the first bilingual issue of Melodies’ Melozine.

    Pre-order a copy of here ahead of its 7th September release, and listen to ‘A Gira’ below.

  • Grupo Controle Digital’s cult LP A Festa É Nossa reissued for the first time

    By | July 20, 2018

    Lo-fi Brazilian synth from 1988.

    Grupo Controle Digital’s A Festa É Nossa is being reissued on vinyl for the first time, via Soundway Records this August.

    Read more: How Brazil is reclaiming its record culture

    Originally released in 1988, A Festa É Nossa was the only album that São Paolo duo Grupo Controle Digital, aka Billy Jaguar and Gel Valiery, ever recorded together.

    Its title track, ‘A Festa É Nossa’, was included in Soundway’s recent Onda De Amor ’80s-’90s Brazilian synth compilation, which is how the label found surviving member Jaguar.

    A Festa É Nossa has been remastered from its original tapes, featuring replica album artwork.

    Pre-order a copy of the album here ahead of its 31st August release, check out the cover and track list below.

    Tracklist

    1. Noite Eterna
    2. Zero Grau
    3. Sentimentos
    4. O Gato E O Rato
    5. Vital “O Marginal”
    6. A Festa É Nossa
    7. Pânico Geral
    8. Mundo Cão
    9. Primavera
    10. Barra Pesada

  • Vibe out to the scorching sound of ’60s Brazilian bossa in this new 7″ mix

    By | July 6, 2018

    Put a cachaça in your step.

    DJ, crate digger and VF Home Grown alumni Palo Santo Discos has dipped back into his bag of Brazilian 7″s to share the fifth instalment of his Brazilian mix series, ’60s Bossa Compactos V.

    The follow up to the last session earlier this year, the mix features rare and overlooked music alongside recordings from major Brazilian samba, bossa and jazz labels like Elenco and Copacabana.

    As he said of his record collection, “I’m most proud of my bag of Brazilian 7’s because a lot of them I’ve found in Rio de Janeiro and they are not findable online. The picture covers are beautiful too.”

    Listen to the mix and check out the tracklist below.

    Tracklist:

    1. Ivon Cury – So (Polydor)
    2. Tite de Oliveira – Cancao Do Infinito (Villela Santos)
    3. Agenor Ribeiro – Capitao De Areia (Philips)
    4. Jose Orlando – Tristeza De Berimbau (Continental)
    5. Carlos Jose – A Lenda Do Abaete (Continental)
    6. Jose Tobias – Canta Maria (Som Maior)
    7. Luiz Carlos Sa – Inaia (RCA Victor)
    8. Agostinho Dos Santos – Negro (RGE)
    9. Carlos Magno – Sao Bento (Philips)
    10. Trio Tambataja – Samba de Tostao (Copacabana)
    11. Trio Seleno – Fica Mal Com Deus (Audio Fidelity)
    12. Carminha Mascarenhas – O Garimpeiro (Ranger)
    13. Nelsinho – Lamento Ao Mar (Continental)
    14. Joao Do Vale – Eu Chego La (Philips)
    15. Ary Lobo – Nega Sao (RCA Victor)
    16. Grupo Manifesto – Sem Dor (Elenco)
    17. Marcio Proenca – Rebolada Da Baiana (Sarau)
    18. Francineth – Cambao (Copacabana)
    19. Dinorah – Gata Angora (RCA Victor)
    20. Inema Trio – Bossa Capoeira (RCA Victor)
    21. Carminha Mascarenhas – Esta Saudade (Ranger)
    22. Joran Coelho – Oracao De Um So (Chantecler)
    23. Wilson Miranda – Mar Azul (Chantecler)

  • Seventies Brazilian funk, soul and boogie album by Emilio Santiago reissued on vinyl

    By | June 25, 2018

    With the grooving roller ‘Bananeira’.

    Vocalist and bossa nova balladeer Emilio Santiago’s 1975 debut album is being reissued on vinyl, via Far Out Recordings this July.

    Nicknamed “the Nat King Cole of Brazil”, Santiago’s 10-track album was originally released on CID label, and features a “who’s who of Brazilian greats”: João Donato on keys, Wilson das Neves, Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti and Paulinho on drums, Durval Ferreira, Carlos Roberto Rocha and Helio Delmiro on guitar, Ariovaldo, Orlandivo, and Chacal on percussion, Danilo Caymmi on flute, and a brass section with Victor Assis Brasil, Edson Maciel and Jesse Sadoc.

    Emilio Santiago has been remastered for Far Out’s new reissue of the album, and includes Santiago’s sought-after version of ‘Bananeira’ which was originally written by Joao Donato and Gilberto Gil.

    Pre-order a copy of the album here ahead of its 27th July release, listen to ‘Bananeira’ and check out the track list below.

    Tracklist

    Side A

    A1. Bananeira (Gilberto Gil, João Donato)
    A2. Quero Alegria (Guilherme de Brito, Nelson Cavaquinho)
    A3. Porque Somos Iguais (Pedro Camargo, Durval Ferreira)
    A4. Batendo a Porta (Paulo César Pinheiro, João Nogueira)
    A5. Depois (Otávio Daher, Ivan Lins)

    Side B

    B1. Brother (Jorge Ben)
    B2. La Mulata (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle)
    B3. Nega Dina (Zé Keti)
    B4. Doa a Quem Doer (Ivan Lins)
    B5. Sessão Das Dez (Édson Lobo, Tita, Renato Rocha)

  • Soundway collects under-the-radar Brazilian synth hits on new compilation

    By | May 25, 2018

    Samba boogie, synth wave and electro oddities from ’80s and ’90s Brazil.

    Globe-trotting label Soundway Records touches down in Brazil for the first time this summer with the release of Onda De Amor, charting the “synthesized Brazilian hits that never were” on gatefold double vinyl.

    Read more: How Brazil is reclaiming its record culture

    Released in July, the compilation covers a ten year period between ’84 and ’94 of Brazilian music not yet extensively explored by reissue labels, and follows Music From Memory’s superb Outro Tempo last year, which exposed the country’s rich history of synthesized pop to a wider audience for the first time.

    Onda De Amor is compiled by DJ Millos Kaiser, one half of Brazilian duo Selvagem, who says, “the idea is to do justice to these songs. Songs that combine all the right ingredients that should have put them on radio playlists when I was growing up, or at least in the case of more adventurous DJs.”

    Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984​-​94) is out on 6th July via Soundway Records. Pre-order it here and check out Dodô Da Bahia & As Virgens De Porto Seguro’s ‘Africamerica’ above for an idea of what you can expect.

    Tracklist:

    1.Ricardo Bomba – Você Vai Se Lembrar
    2.Vânia Bastos – Tabu (The Sweetest Taboo)
    3. Rosana Mendes & Grupo Veneno – Reague
    4. Grupo Controle Digital – A Festa É Nossa
    5. Villa Box – Break De Rua (Versão Longa)
    6. Batista Junior – Cheira
    7.Dado Brazzawilly – Saramandaia
    8. Anacy Arcanjo – Toque Tambor
    9. Fogo Baiano – O Fogo Do Sol
    10.Dodô Da Bahia & As Virgens De Porto Seguro – Africamerica 05:00
    11.Via Negromonte – Love Is All
    12. Electric Boogies – Electric Boogies
    13. Os Abelhudos – Contos De Escola (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    14. Nanda Rossi – Livre Pra Voar (Millos Kaiser Edit)
    15. André Melo – Onda De Amor
    16. Região Abissal – Feminina Mulher (Instrumental)

  • Experimental Brazilian records from 1976-1985 collected in vibrant new book

    By | May 22, 2018

    Sights and sounds from the underground.

    Journalist and record collector Bento Araujo has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help publish the second instalment of his Lindo Sonho Delirante book series.

    A follow-up to Lindo Sonho Delirante Volume 1, – one of our favourite music books of 2017 – which looked at rare Brazilian psychedelic records released between 1968 – 1975, Volume 2 delves into 100 avant-garde and progressive psychedelic records from 1976–1985.

    As with the first edition, the book features fully illustrated cover art reproductions for all albums, with a review written in both Portuguese and English, alongside comprehensive original release information.

    Lindo Sonho Delirante is currently crowdfunding on Catarse, head here for more info.

  • Far Out reissues two cult ’70s Brazilian albums featuring original members of Azymuth

    By | April 10, 2018

    With Victor Assis Brazil, Orlandivo, and legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Durval Ferreira.

    Far Out Recordings is reissuing two 1970s Brazilian “comedy concept” albums from television duo Chico Anysio and Arnauld Rodrigues this June.

    Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos (1974) and Azambuja & Cia (1975) are based on characters created by Anysio and Rodrigues, with sounds that mix jazz-funk, soulful samba-rock and MPB.

    Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos is a satire on Brazil’s Tropicália movement, while Azambuja & Cia tells the story of Carioca conman Paulo Maurício Azambuja.

    Both albums have been remastered for these new viny reissues, with original album artwork.

    Pre-order Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos here and Azambuja & Cia here ahead of their 8th June release, listen to full album streams and check out the track lists below.

    Azambuja & Cia

    Tracklist

    1. Nêga Brechó
    2. Ao Bililico
    3. Tema Do Azambuja
    4. Monólogo No.1
    5. Maristela
    6. O Poste Da Rua
    7. Verde
    8. A Turma
    9. Monólogo No. 2

    Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos

    Tracklist

    1. Vô Batê Pá Tu
    2. Nêga
    3. Cidadão Da Mata
    4. Urubu Tá Com Raiva Do Boi
    5. Aldeia
    6. Ciranda
    7. Folia De Rei
    8. Véio Zuza
    9. Selva De Feras
    10. Tributo Ao Regional
    11. Dendalei

  • Brazilian jazz legend Hermeto Pascoal’s No Mundo Dos Sons released on vinyl for the first time

    By | April 4, 2018

    The first release from a new collaboration between iconic Japanese record shop Disk Union and 180g.

    Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo’s 2017 album No Mundo Dos Sons will inaugurate a new label collaboration between Japanese record shop Disk Union and 180g.

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    His first recording with the band for fifteen years, the 18-track album showcases the breadth of Pascoal’s virtuosity – which once led Miles Davis to call him “the most impressive musician in the world” – alongside a stellar cast of Brazilian musicians, touching on jazz, African, avant-garde and deep grooving influences.

    The release marks a continued renaissance for Pascoal who last year saw his lost 1976 album Viajando Com O Som released on Far Out Recordings, who have also enlisted him to appear alongside Sean Khan for an album out this May.

    As he recently told Brazil’s Anoticia, “My music is not commercial; it’s not like selling bananas or soap. I’m not in a hurry to record. My whole life is to do shows… I have a frightening amount of music, almost 9,000 compositions on paper. But do not confuse quantity with quality, see? I always worry about quality.”

    Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo’s No Mundo Dos Sons is released on double gatefold vinyl on 25th May. Pre-order a copy here and check out the artwork below.

    Tracklist:

    A1. Viva São Paulo!
    A2. Vinicius Dorin em Búzios
    A3. Para Thad Jones
    A4. Para Miles Davis

    B1. Mazinho tocando no coreto
    B2. Viva Piazzolla!
    B3. Forró da Gota para Sivuca
    B4. Carlos Malta Tupizando
    B5. Som da Aura

    C1. Entrando pelos Canos
    C2. Para Tom Jobim
    C3. Ilza Nova
    C4. Salve! Pernambuco Percussão
    C5. Viva Edu Lobo!

    D1. Para Ron Carter
    D2. De Fabio para Jovino Santos
    D3. Um abraço Chick Corea
    D4. Rafael Amor Eterno

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