Friday 21 April 2023

This might be the fourth in a series, but this one is compiled by founding member of the Beastie Boys, Mike D (aka Michael Diamond).

And it's diamond by name, diamond by hard cutting, sharp edged, shinning bright, obsure Brazillan 45s.

It's like Madlib's gone south again to revive Flight To Brazil/Brasilintime for a some rare 'n' dusty psych rock, funky MPB.

How do you find a promo 7" for Toyota that orginally came out in Portugal (that's one for the Jonny Trunk industrials of the world) and that's back with 'Dita Cuja' by Nicolas Marinao that's sounds like Black Monk Time tribute from Rio.

Odd? Not as rare as 'popcorn' Brazil-style of 'Cantico Del Agua' (Sebastião Tapajos / Pedro Dos Santos) which flips to the mainstream of Pedro Dos Santos Y Sebastião Tapajos' 'Tudo É Moda' with big horns.

You'll recognise 'KM110' by Hareton + Meta that's been 'underground' since 1971 and a big favourite of Gilles Peterson (and last released on the CD, '25 Years Of Mr Bongo 1989 - 2014' so it's great to have it on vinyl now) whilst the other side sound like it's a track from their version of the musical 'Hair' (suitably titled, 'Hippie 12').

The last two 45s in the set are by Módulo 1000 and Erasmo Carlos (with justs two of his 500+ songs he wrote) that's more on the 60s pop/rock side of MPB/funky - what would 'Big Mama' sound like it was sung in English? - but thankfully it isn't and Mr. Carlos' tracks are summer monsters.
Beastie Boys fans will get this immediately as it fits in with thier innovate hip-hop roots and this set is the perfect compliment to the Mr Bongo's recent compilation, 'Tudo Ben (Jorge Ben Covered)' (see review HERE); the other Boxsets are compiled by DJ Marky, Kenny Dope and DJ Format, all Record Store Day sell outs so get out sharpish to snap it up.

Artist: Various Artists

Title: Mike D - Brazil 45s Boxset 

Release date : 22nd April, 2023

Label : Mr Bongo

Catalog Number : MRB7209

Format: LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp


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