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Genre pick of the week Cover of Brazilian Remakes by Esa.
New York's Hello Sailor look to London and Sao Paulo for their thrid release, enlisting Highlife stalwart (and diamond geezer) Esa to treat us to a peerless pair of Brazilian remakes alive with favela funk and samba style. During a trip to Brazil in late 2015, Esa hooked up with the cream of Brazil's dancefloor crop, notably Dani Souto, Carrot Green & Millos of Selvagem who introduced him to the Cel-Som record store in downtown Sao Paulo. Raiding the shelves like a kid in a candy shop, Esa dived headfirst into the world of Zeze Motta, Tribo Massahi and Tim Maia, whose 'Que Beleza' gets a reshape on the A-side. Introducing new arrangements and future proofed instrumentation, Esa transforms the track into a cosmic burner, rippling with tight percussion and a lush atmosphere, transcendental and pleasant to the ears. On the other side Esa flips Sandra Sa's "Trem Do Central" into a full scale Brazilian house bomb, utilising filtered samples, a funky bassline and detuned chords to start the party right. Respectful and resplendent, these two remakes are a fine addition to the label's flawless catalogue.

Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) release their long awaited debut “55” LP on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. Long time multi-instrumentalist and band leader Bjorn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobago where he became fascinated with steel drums. Upon returning home to Germany, Bjorn set out to blend the tropical steel into his already sharply honed funk, soul, and hip hop tracks. Keeping in the tradition of steel drum records, “55” is a journey through re-interpolations and covers with an updated approach, pushing steel pan music to uncharted territories. Flawlessly bringing previously untouched genres into the steel pan cannon ranging from underground hip hop tunes to staple funk tracks and some of all that falls in between. From the smoothed out reggae cover of John Holt’s “Police In Helicopter” to the DJ sure shot cover of Faith Evan’s “Love Like This” BRSB’s “55” is reinvigorating tunes both well known and helping to shed some light on tunes still largely undiscovered. However, some of the strongest tunes on the album are original compositions, from spaced out disco vibes on “Beetham Highway Ride” and “Port Of Spain Hustle” to the ugly face inspiring drums of “Laventille Road March”. Recorded to analogue 8 track tape at the Mocambo Studios in Hamburg, “55” is a gritty, punchy journey in sound drawing on music from around the world, using production aesthetics from across both eras and genres, all coming together seamlessly.


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Wake Up You! Vol. 1 - The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)

    The CD Comes Packaged In A 104 Page Full Color Book, Filled With Incredible Photos And Words By Noted Expert On Nigerian Music, Uchenna Ikonne. The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. The CD will be presented in two volumes, each in a 104 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves. 

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