Brazilian boogie comp to drop before Christmas
Brazil is rich in funky music. And we’re still unearthing joints from the 1960s and ’70s. But for its post-disco 1980s “boogie” era, we’ve been heavily relying on Allen Thayer’s mixtapes and recent compilations to help us navigate us through the sometimes murky waters.
It includes some rarities from well-known figures like Tony Bizarro, Cassiano, and Tim Maia, but it also sheds light on some obscure artists like Let’s Dance, Electric Boogies, Gaby Whiskadão, and Elizio de Buzios, whose only known release is the highly in-demand 7-inch “Tamanqueiro.” With its brilliant fusion of funky samba with a more modern beat, this track has been well-loved but difficult to acquire on wax. (Listen to it above.)
Now you can have it on vinyl, along with another nine extremely rare 45-only tracks that were mostly dug up from Brazilian radio stations.
01. Vê Se Me Esquece – Tony Blue
02. Tamanqueiro – Elizio de Búzios
03. Estou Livre – Tony Bizarro
04. Velho Guerreiro – Rubão Sabino
05. Break Mandrake – Electric Boogies
06. Dance Com a Gente – Let’s Dance
07. Ta Dando Mole Zé – Cassiano
08. Macaco Pesado – Newton Drinckwater
09. Super Amor – Gaby Whiskadão
10. Vê se Decide – Tim Maia
What exactly is boogie? Is it a genre, an era, a style? Colors, clothes, textures are all part of its make up. Boogie is the “top shelf” music of the ’80s. Anything from this era that brings along Moog synths, vocoders, DX7s, or triggered Oberheim drum sounds is boogie!
Brazil has a huge archive of underground dance-floor heat. Different styles of music ranging from Macumba to Samba, MPB to pop, electro to early hip-hop, were all stung by this Brazilian “Boogie Bug,” cleverly orchestrated by geniuses of the style; Robson Jorge, Lincoln Olivetti, Junior Mendes, Mister Sam, Sergio Sá, to name a few, were the backbone of uncountable projects by big names of Brazil’s pop and underground music scene during the ’80s.
This compilation brings together a bunch of non-obvious “compactos” (33 RPM 7-inch singles), most of them, promos, which never saw the light of record store shelves, but instead sat for years in the dead-vaults of radio stations or ended up in second-hand shops, flea markets, church basements to junkyards.
We, SDB Discos, are excited to put together this eclectic selection inspired by the nest in Brazilian ’80s music. In this compilation we gathered ten rare boogie hits from very well know maestros of the genre such as Tim Maia, Cassiano, Tony Bizarro and other underground artists like Elizio de Buzios with his only recording, the funky boogie joint “Tamanqueiro,” Gaby Whiskadão featuring the disco hit “Super Amor,” the B-Boy Crew Electric Boogies with their very fresh early ’80s rap hit “Break Mandrake” as well as the very obscure group called Let’s Dance featuring their version of “Riguera” sung in Portuguese entitled “Dance com a Gente.”
Even after so many years, Brazil’s most obscure boogie gem is yet to be found on a long diggin’ session thru thousands of records full of weird looking haircuts, somewhere near São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. This project is dedicated to all the “Boogie Heads” doing what they do best, keep searching!
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