Various Artists
AMP MTV Electrobreaks
2004
C+



journalist Erika Brandão along with producer Eduardo Marote have come together to present this collection of electro and breaks produced in Brazil. The first, I believe, of a series showcasing particular electronic genres produced in the country and, simultaneously, allowing an outlet for new producers.

The compilers have put together a blended (not exactly mixed, not exactly not) and diverse collection that takes in elements of breaks, hip hop, techno and baile funk, believing that the creativity on display here is in synchronicity with what is happening in the rest of the world.

And why not? In the great urban centres in Brazil, particularly Rio and São Paulo, many of the people now producing grew up with and went out to a soundtrack of techno, pop, and punk rock rather than the traditional musics of samba and pagode. São Paulo is a highly fashion-conscious city (to the point of absurdity at times) and is a magnet for new trends to absorb into its miscegenation or cultural cannibalism.

Our journey into electrobreaks begins with the sultry tones of Liana Padilha and her recording project NoPorn. Often lazily referred to as the Brazilian Miss Kitten, she uses the electro format to discuss control and submission with a hypnotic backing that would give International Gigolo a good run for their money. The mix—blend, whatever—then picks up some speed with “Ni” by Turning Point, a buzzing, burping techno number that could be quite cheesy if it weren’t so darn jolly.

Elsewhere Apavoramento Sound System serve up horror-movie-soundtrack Miami breaks that could be John Carpenter composing for a booty bashment. And, similarly, chills are also provided by DJ Periférico and “Now I’m Gonna Show U Something,” which is a slow brooding number with a disturbing, whining montone and lots of distortion. I’ve seen Periférico play out and he plays a mean set of techno and booty breaks with a pair of ruff-as-fuck MCs interjecting. Here, it’s just an incredibly juicy taster for his forthcoming album.

Hooverisms abound on “Burning” by Deejay Julião, which is the disc’s full-on techno blaster. Eurosynths run amok while the obligatory trash aesthetic is celebrated with “Meeting Paris Hilton” by Cansei de Ser Sexy, which I could lazily describe as Brazil’s answer to Chicks on Speed but probably represent more São Paulo’s absurdist modernist tendencies mentioned above.

As with any compilation collecting an entire countries micro-genre, you take the rough with the smooth. There aren’t any clichéd beating batucada rhythms on this collection, but sift through and you will find plenty of pounding dancefloor energy.


Reviewed by: Andy Cumming
Reviewed on: 2005-03-15
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