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From Azymuth To Jorge Ben: Mr Bongo's 20 Best Brazilian Bangers


In August we were asked to select our top 20 Brazilian bangers for the guys over at The Vinyl Factory. The brief was simple; hit us with 20 Brazilian classic tracks that never fail to work a dance-floor. Mr Bongo's Graham Luckhurst stepped up to the task and made the selections. In this post we bring you the first 10 tracks he selected, for the full list go check the original article.  

1. Claudia - “Deixa Eu Dizer” from Deixa Eu Dizer (Odeon, 1973)

"Equally as lush and warm as it is rare. Incredible stuff from Claudia, sampled by Marcelo D2 on his hip hop killer Desabafo."

2. Antonio Adolfo - “Cascavel” from Viralata (Artezanal, 1979)

"Drums, bass and heavy rhodes leading into a rich, joyous horn arrangement. Brazilian Jazz at its finest."

3. Jorge Ben - “O Telefone (Tocou Novamente)” from Fôrça Bruta (Philips, 1970)

"Rougher, rawer Ben number which we like. The strings that sneak in and out send it soaring away. Effortlessly classy as you would expect."

4. Nara Leao - “Cacara” from O Canto Livre de Nara (Philips, 1965)

"I still cant put my finger on why exactly this moves me so much… Tough and super vibey, drums are loud in the mix, as is Nara’s vocal. Love the key changes at the end. Less than 2 minutes long. Pow."

5. Arthur Verocai “Na Boca do Sol” from Arthur Verocai (Continental, 1972)

"This Verocai is in my top 3 must own Brazilian LP’s. An unbelievable masterpiece of instrumentation and arrangement."

6. Célia “Na Boca do Sol” from Célia (Continental, 1972)

"Celia’s take on this one set’s it off in a different, jazzier direction, with an interesting lead fuzz-guitar intro addition."

7. Jorge Ben “Pula Baú” from Sacundin Ben Samba (Philips, 1964)

"Sacundin Ben Samba is my favourite Ben live recording, in fact it’s up there with my favourite live albums of all time. Unbelievably big sound. The horns – and vibe in general – in this one drift into John Klemmer ‘Free Soul’ esque territory."

8. Azymuth - “Manha” from Azymuth (Som Livre, 1975)

"Immensely warm, lush fusion awash with synths and cuica. Taken from their must own self-titled LP from 1975."

9. Wilson Simonal - “Que Pena” from Mexico 70 (EMI Brazil, 1970)

"Dancefloor slayer, piano, horns, percussion, Wilson’s vocal… Wonder how you fit it all in. Taken from his classic Mexico 70 LP."

10. Os Originais do Samba - “Lá Vem Salgueiro” from O Samba É A Corda…Os Originais A Caçamba (RCA Victor, 1972)

"Great samba workout that drops into a Batucada section. Tough from start to finish."