Propósito Records Are Getting Into Spiritual Hip-Hop On Latest Releases

By | 23 June, 2017

Brazilian label Proposito Records are no strangers to provocation. Based in Goiânia, their musical output can most certainly be put in the experimental category, often featuring one or two Brazilian musicians/producers working within a small setup of software and minimal instrumentation. Hip-hop beats have often been a feature, but on their latest two releases they take centre-stage, though in surprising ways.

P&B Series aka Spiritual Preto e Branco by label boss Bruno Abdala is a four-track EP with an inventive approach to hip-hop beats. “Pedrinho, My Nigga Lil P” is, first of all, simply a killer beat, with sampled female vocals, a horn sample and cuíca percussion giving a real taste of Brazil. It’s the liveliest track here with Abdala offering up some of his most rhythmic work to date. This continues on “Abandoned On The Floor”, a gorgeous riff of bass and synth, and “Viet Hunter”, which involves a classic hip-hop beat tied to Middle Eastern percussion. It’s only on final track “Love Is More Powerful” that we hear the close recordings and ambience that have been big features of Abdala’s works in the past. The track’s labelling as ‘spiritual works’ seems somehow pertinent.

“A Flower In The Place To Be” is a new track by The Papes, otherwise known as Guilherme Granado – of São Paulo Underground, Hurtmold and Bodes e Elefantes, to name a few of his groups – and Bruno Abdala again. This first single from the duo contains elements of candomblé, Middle Eastern percussion and deep bass lines. It’s described by the duo themselves as ‘Spiritual Gangster’, who also cite Jeru the Damaja as an influence on the song.

You can listen to more from Proposito Records at propositorecs.bandcamp.com


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