Brazilian lo-fi, Mexican pop pleasures and more (Audio)
This week we’ve got a pretty great mix of styles. We open with Karamelo Santo from Argentina, whose energetic anthem “Diente” is a pretty great tune to jump around to, especially if you’re getting cramped in a cubicle. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of ska, but this powerful tune is something Felix and I can agree on.
We then move on to the lo-fi sounds of Lê Almeida, brought to us by one of my favorite Brazilian indie labels: Transfusão Noise Records. The grimy, grungy sounds belong as much in Seattle in the 1990′s as they do in a small studio space in Rio De Janeiro today.
But the real star this week is Mr. Felix Contreras and his lovely musical taste. The first time I heard Afro-Peruvian band Novalima was more than a year ago when Felix and I were taping our Alt.Latino pilot show. I found their music pleasant then, but this time around I was stunned. They are true to their Afro-Peruvian roots but unafraid to experiment with Latin funk and electronica. As a result, they sound a bit like Brazilian funk star Jorge Ben, but they never lose their weight. The song “A Pañar Algodón” off the upcoming album Kalimba is a melancholy tale of a black Peruvian headed to San Luis to pick cotton.
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