El Buga’s Saudade Mixtape (Samples, Remixes & Originals From Brazil)

By 23 March, 2023

Here’s a selection by El Buga and Sounds And Colours covering different elements of Brazil’s funky and tropical music: Brazilian classics sampled by international artists; originals by producers working in their local electronic music scenes; remixes by international DJs reworking the country’s traditional music.

Names like Gilberto Gil, Grupo Batuque and Paula Lima have been retouched by artists from Mexico, England and the United States, where there has been a long-term fascination with the sounds from “down south”. The sounds of bossa nova have stamped the work of North American producers like the late J Dilla and Madlib, and in the mix we can hear their label mate producer Knxwledge flipping a sample from Cassiano‘s “Onda”, looking deeper into the realms of Brazilian funk music, with the instrumental by NxWorries for the single “Link Up”, released on Stones Throw.

With infinite crates of old records to dig into, worldwide labels like Far Out Recordings, Kampana or Mr. Bongo have been reissuing the kind of obscure and cult classics that let us hear Brazil’s rich history of musical exploration. Songs from Azymuth, Luli Luchinha and Tim Maia reach new ears thanks to their discoveries. There is also plenty of room for the new local labels, with Gop Tun and MAMBA recordings delivering excellent songs from Marta Supernova, Teto Preto, Zopelar and Schoolbell.

Saudade is a word to describe a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscence, and maybe this selection is an expression of what the people feel about the first carnival with fewer social-distancing limitations, or about a time of year when the first rains of March mark the end of summertime in the southern hemisphere. “Saudade” is also the name of a song by Ana Frango Elétrico, included on the latest Sounds And Colours’ Hidden Waters compilation, out May 12th 2023 on Mr Bongo.

Listen to Saudade Mixtape below:

Atom™ & Toshiyuki Yasuda ft. Fernanda Takai & Moreno Veloso – Águas De Março
Digitaldubs ft. Gilberto Gil & Jeru Banto – Refavela Dub
Ana Frango Elétrico – Saudade
7 Estrelo – As Leis De Um Tambor
Jorge Ben – Lalari-Olalá (Salvador Araguaya Edit)
Baianas De Ipioca – Boa Noite (DJ Tahira Rework)
Afroelectro – Sika Blawa
Marta Supernova – Tá Foda Essa Bocada (Dub)
Teto Preto – Bica (Zopelar Extended Mix)
Guinu – Palagô (Jose Marquez Remix)
Grupo Batuque – Na Batida Do Agogo (Osunlade Remix)
Azymuth – Estrada Dos Deuses
Schoolbell – Spin Me (HNNY Remix)
Tim Maia – Vitória Régia Estou Contigo E Não Abro (Versao Tapioca Discos)
Captain Planet, Zuzuka Poderosa & Raphael Futura – Moqueca (Instrumental)
Gilberto Gil – Toda Menina Baiana (Borchi & Bundafunk Remix)
Garoa Fina – There
NxWorries – Link Up (Instrumental)
Tall Black Guy – O Fim Da Viagem
Luli Luchinha E O Bando – Flor Lilás (Kenny Dope Remix)
Paula Lima – E Isso Ai (Get Cape Wear Cape Fly Remix)
Tom Jobim – O Morro

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