BLACK RIO

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BLACK RIO Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980 (Strut) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN


The active eruption of James Brown-inspired funky Brazilian soul that occurred during the 70s has never been adequately examined. The haphazard Samba Soul collection barely scratched the surface of the exciting movement, but Black Rio — compiled by sussed club selector DJ Cliffy, who makes a living uncovering this music and supplying it to dealers — digs much deeper. It begins to contextualize the groove-dominated jams of artists such as Gerson King, Dom Salvador, Copa 7, Manito, UniĆ£o Black, Toni Tornado and Miguel de Deus, whose accomplishments have long been overlooked. But you don’t need to be a musicologist to appreciate the primal pounding beauty of Grupo Arembepe’s Iaia, Trio Mocoto’s Nago or Orquestra e Coro’s Kriola. Just make sure you got some floor space to get busy.

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