Marking 20 years of exceptional Brazilian output, today sees the release of a new Brazilika compilation from Far Out Recordings. Headed up by Joe Davis – one of the world’s foremost ‘Brazilophiles’ – the label has been responsible for bringing some of richest grooves in bossa nova, samba, jazz, funk, folk, psychedelia and traditional roots rhythms to the UK over the last two decades.
Whilst previous compilations in the Brazilika series saw global specialists Kenny Dope, Gilles Peterson, 4hero and Andy Votel select their intimate Latin favourites, this time around Joe Davis has stepped up to provide a stunning retrospective of the many moods of Brazil that the label has been championing since its inception.
The release journeys through the sun-soaked sounds of Brazilian icons Azymuth, Marcos Valle, Elza Soars and The Ipanemas, whilst bringing to light the underground ’60s tropicalia and darker afro-samba jazz movements that rose against the repressive Brazilian military regime, as well as the free ’70s Brazilian acid folk that flourished in North America and Europe as the musicians were forced into exile.
Not shying away from the more dance-floor focused sounds that the label has been known to support, the compilation is also accompanied by a 27-track mix that features exclusive and unreleased material compiled by Davis and expertly mixed by DJ, producer and Brazilian music aficionado Spiritual South.
Today we’re premiering one of those unheard exclusives; a colourful remix of Inpanemas’ ‘Seu Dario’ by experimental hip-hop producer Paul White. The ambient track has White fusing a heady concoction of cloudy jazz tones and pacing ride-cymbals interspersed with hypnotic soft-synths – capturing the warmth of the Brazilian original in a brand new and hyper-refreshing way.