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Marcelinho da Lua Teams Up With Otto on New Video; Releases Album feat. Tim Maia, Marcelo D2, Lucas Santtana and more

By 31 May, 2019

Marcelinho da Lua first came to prominence as a member of Bossacucanova, a group who emerged at the end of the 90s/beginning of the 00s as part of a new Brazilian sound, with artists such as themselves, Cibelle, Suba, Bebel Gilberto and Zuco 103 infiltrating Brazilian tropes and rhythms with the emerging sounds of drum ‘n’ bass, trip hop and other underground dance musics that were cropping up around the world.

His dedication to creating music with swing, as well as his pairing of electronic and Brazilian music, have never diminished, and that remains the case on new album Insolente, released this May on Sony Music. It’s Da Lua’s third album and continues the spirit of previous album Viagem Ao Mundo da Lua (2012) in that it’s chock-full of guest stars, a serious who’s who of Brazilian contemporary music.

The most startling collaborator of all has to be the revered (and deceased) Brazilian soul singer Tim Maia, whose voice is sampled on the smoldering final track “Sebastião”, the name of both Da Lua’s son and Tim Maia’s birth name. It’s the most reflective song on an album that’s full of grooves, oscillating between the Brazilian drum ‘n’ bass of early Otto to the raw hip-hop-ragga of Nacão Zumbi, with plenty of funky sambas in between. Rapper Black Alien shows up for the opening dub-roots fest “Black Belt”, samba star Rogê does his cool-as-fuck swagger on samba-smooth-rock hybrid “Herança Verdadeira” and Marcelo D2 gets involved in a serious upbeat ska cover of Zeca Pagodinho’s “Quando eu contar (Iaiá)”. Lucas Santtana, Fernanda Takai, Pedro Luís and Larissa Luz are some of the other collaborators on an album that swings from its first to last beat.

The just-released video for “Fruta Madura”, featuring north-eastern Brazilian percussionist-cum-singer Otto, gives a pretty good account of the album’s vibe, it’s sizzling guitar licks cutting through the roving bass and skittering beats as Otto offers up a suave, soulful vocal. Make sure you check out the end of the video as it features a pretty sweet beach “jam”.

Insolente is available on Spotify and other digital streaming platforms.

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