Currently celebrating the 10th anniversary reissue of her debut album Equilibria, Sabrina Malheiros has remained at the forefront of modern, soul-infused Brazilian music, combining a house style with jazz and samba influences and heady beach-bound vocals. The daughter of Alex Malheiros (bassist of jazz-funk pioneers Azymuth), Sabrina has taken the legacy of samba and bossa nova and forged her own forward-thinking path, taking with her all the style and substance of her early days growing up in Rio.
Following the sold out Theo Parrish remix of Marcos Valle’s ‘1985’ back in April, Far Out Recordings continue to bring Brazilian legends and pioneers of dance music together on a single slab of wax, as their Brazilika 12” series rolls on. This time, UK dance vet Ashley Beedle steps up, with three colourful and groovy alternative interpretations of Malheiros’ 2011 sun soaked samba classic ‘Opara’. Produced under his Afrikanz On Marz moniker, our pick is the vocal mix, bringing all the right elements of the original to the fore. A dubby, soulful house track is infused with rich, warm rhodes, a rawkus bass synth and, of course, Sabrina’s stylish vocals.
Opará (Ashley Beedle’s Afrikanz On Mars Remixes) is out October 16th on Far Out Recordings, availdable to pre-order from their Bandcamp.
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