The real sound of Brazilian soul in the 21st Century – the kind of grooves that are going down on soundsystems up in the favelas in Rio, not the hipster bars down at the beaches! There's an unabashed love of American
R&B on these tracks – not classic soul from the 70s, or hipster soul from the underground – but mainstream grooves from points south, inspired by Miami bass, crunk, crossover house, mainstream hip hop, and even a bit of dancehall. The CD's a great overview of the music that currently goes under the name of "funk" in Brazilian culture – a sound that's very different than the use of the term by American
musicians – and although we've described many of the roots of the music in American
terms, there's also some distinctly Brazilian influences that resonate strongly – and which make for the kind of evolutionary sound that happened when Jamaicans first
started trying to recreate American
R&B, then took things in a whole new direction. Titles include "Mengao 2000" by Furacao 2000, "Cavalo De Pau" by Paty, "Pocotocopo" by MC Serginho, "Tapinha" by MCs Naldinho & Beth, "Planeta Dominado" by SD Boys, "Cerol Na Mao" by Dennis DJ, "O Baile Todo" by Bonde Do Tiagro, and "Mulher Coca Cola" by Ricardo E Esquito.