Our overseas brazilian friends at Goma Gringa has just launched their first ‘international’ release, a 10 tracks compilation made in partnership with Antal (Rush Hour) out of Goma Gringa’s references. Metá Metá, Rodrigo Campos, Thiago França and others, the compilation aims at portraying São Paulo’s boiling contemporary scene.
Available in LP, CD and Digital and distributed exclusively by Rush Hour, please find below an exclusive full streaming, an extract of Olivier Cathus’s liner notes, credits and direct links to get a copy!
001° Thiago Franca // Na Multidão from “Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço” LP (2015)
002° Metá Metá // Rainha Das Cabecas from “MetaL MetaL” LP (2012)
003° Rodrigo Campos // Velho Amarelo from “Conversas com Toshiro” LP (2015)
004° Rodrigo Campos feat. Criolo // Ribeirão from “Bahia Fantastica” LP (2012)
005° Juçara Marçal // Pena Mais Que Perfeita from “Encarnado” LP (2014)
006° Vicente Barreto // Karina from “Cambaco” LP (2015)
007° Metá Metá // Cobra Rasteira from “MetaL MetaL” LP (2012)
008° Rodrigo Campos // Abraço De Ozu from “Conversas Com Toshiro” LP (2015)
009° Thiago Franca : Space Charanga // Abdu from “R.A.N.” LP (2015)
010° Metá Metá // Obatalá from “Metá Metá” LP (2011)
For a very long time São Paulo, « a cidade cinza » (the grey city), had the sinister reputation of being samba’s grave. Not anymore. Today, it definitely is the place to be, the cradle of the liveliest music scene of all Brazilian cities. This first compilation of the young Goma Gringa label stands as a manifesto of this effervescence.
Desconstrução gathers tracks from several albums already considered landmarks in Brazilian music of the 21st century: Juçara Marçal’s Encarnado (2014), the trio Metá Metá’s Metá Metá (2011) and MetaL MetaL (2012), Rodrigo Campos’s Bahia Fantástica (2012) and Conversas com Toshiro (2015), Thiago França’s Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço (2013) and Space Charanga R.A.N. (2015), and Vicente Barreto’s Cambaco (2015).
Juçara Marçal, Kiko Dinucci, Marcelo Cabral, Rodrigo Campos, Romulo Fróes, Sérgio Machado, Thiago França and a few others are not a movement. They are togetherness in motion, always linked from one project to the next. The desconstrução is the first step. Their project as a whole is to dismantle traditional patterns whether they be from samba, jazz, rock, afrobeat or most of all MPB. The aim is not to definitely take them out but is instead to build up their music from them. Undoing to rebuilt.
Together, these artists have created a striking sonic signature, always unpredictable, avoiding the paths they’ve already taken. What makes their music so unique is the feeling that it grows like an improvised conversation, around a main theme, they all have much to say but always leave space and listen to one another.
Text edited from Olivier Cathus’s release
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“A bloom of color amid the grey” 8.3/10 Pitchfork
“This compilation perfectly documents São Paulo’s curent scene and tells the collectivist and democratic genesis os Metá Metá" Les Inrockuptibles
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Produced by Goma Gringa Discos and Rush Hour.
Cover photography: Drago - Selva SP “Fosca e Fogo”
Cover design: Frédéric Thiphagne (LesMainsNoires.blogspot.com)
Liner Notes: Olivier Cathus (afrosambas.fr)
Distributed exclusively by RUSH HOUR Music - Amsterdam - rushhour.nl