CON ALMA 18: Josh FB

By 18 January, 2021

Sometimes, on a Monday morning, to get the blood pumping, a good sing-a-long is required. When the week that stretches in front of you promises to be particularly arduous – full of unchartered or insurmountable challenges, full of new beginnings or last goodbyes – it’s prudent to put on something familiar and altogether cheery. Enter: Josh FB, who, to remedy this Monday malaise, has prescribed a healthy dose of vintage MPB and Brazilian boogie music. For his Con Alma Mixtape, the Edinburgh-based DJ, who’s Brazilian love affair began while working and holding down a residency in Portugal, pulls out the kind of classics that occasion impassioned sing-a-longs and fill dancefloors world-over.

“I really enjoyed digging deep into my Brazilian selections for this mix – as well as funaná from Cape Verde, which I got a taste for while DJ’ing in Portugal and coaching tennis for a few summers. Shoutout to fellow coach/DJ Caldo Verde (Diogo Silva) who showed me the way so to speak. Hope it goes down well! Mostly CDJs, but threw a few records in there. I tried to build the pace steadily, starting out with bossa nova and ending with vibrant discoey/samba goodness. Hopefully it can bring some of Brazil to your lockdown abode x”


Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa – Coração Vagabundo
Amado Maita – Reflexão
Cassiano – Onda
Evinha – Que Bandeira
Barbosa – Seara De Oxalá
Mendes & Mendes – Grito De Bo Fidje
Cordas Do Sol – Sorron Rensode
Di Melo – Se O Mundo Acabasse Em Mel
Zé Roberto – Lotus 72
Junior Mendes – Que Signo Voce E
Marcos Valle – Estrelar
Robson Jorge – Aleluia
Sandra Sá – Trem Da Central
Emilio Santiago – O Amigo De Nova York
Rabo De Saia – Ripa Na Xulipa
Dodô Da Bahia& As Virgens De Porto Seguro – Africamerica
Barbatuques – Baianá (Pablo Fierro Edit)
Claudio Coccoluto, The Heartists – Belo Horizonti
Salome De Bahia – Outro Lugar
Snowboy – Casa Forte (Joe Claussell’s Spiritual Samba Remix)
Jorge Ben – Taj Mahal

The Con Alma series is a mug of hot coffee served on Monday mornings, to start your week off right. An hour of musical soul food, downtempo undulations and freshly-squeezed groovers that’s good for the heart, mind and body. Although the series’ name is taken from Dizzy Gillespie’s Latin standard, don’t expect an hour of frenetic bebop – this is gentle introspection, warm sunrises, shower sing-a-longs… always with plenty of soul.

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