Monday 29 May 2023

If you want your MPB like a French OST at a 70s disco, you need this new release on Mr Bongo.

The single, 'Baile De Máscaras (Recarnaval)' / 'Lua Comanche' sounds and looks like some long lost classic of the level of excitement of around 10 years ago when Johnny Trunk took on Gilles Peterson at the York Hall, Bethnal Green over the reissue rights to José Prates' album, 'Tam... Tam... Tam...!' from 1958?

But no!  It's not at all "lost".  In fact, it was released last year in Brasil as the band was the result of a meeting of the musical minds in Rio's covid lockdown as a burgeoning supergroup of Julia Mestre, Dora Morelenbaum, Zé Ibarra, and Lucas Nunes.

Much like the compilation that includes 'Lua Comanche', the recenty released 'Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro' (see review HERE), these 14 tracks are lush with bossa nova, MPB, Tropicália, psychedelia, samba, funk, sun and sand: no wonder it won a Latin grammy.

You'll be hearing Baile De Máscaras (Recarnaval), Lua Comanche, 'Passarinnha'the reggaefied 'Clama Floresta and the sugary "Radio 2", 'Dourado Dourado' (sounds like a Mendez meets the Carpenters to me) whilst the counterpoint to that are 'Chupeta', 'Lambe Lambe' and the beach cocktails of Muito Só.  
And lets all that in a melting pot for the jazz-funky 'Faixa Técnica' which sounds like a Radio's DJ feature/some festival announcement/60s advert's/phone-in competition for anything from who's your favourite Flamingo team players, lost kids on the beach or where to get your suntan lotion on Copacabana.

If you're going to channel your inner Seu Jorge, Gal Costa, Nara Leão, Sergio Mendez or add to your collection of Brazil45: Mr Bongo x Mike D [Boxset] (see review HERE), this is just perfect as in years to come, there's more than a couple of tracks on the ablum that'll be viewed as "classics" in their own right. 

You could't wish for a better debut album that this.

Artist: Bala Desejo 


Release date : 29th May, 2023

Label : Mr Bongo

Catalog Number : MRB269R

Format: LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 


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