Universal RecordsAudio CD, Rs, 350
With the FIFA World Cup final around the corner, it only seems fair that we review an album related to the event. Before the onset of the game, almost every notable artiste was trying to outdo themselves with anthem songs that would carry the unofficial theme song flag of the football tourney. Taking it a step further Fatboy Slim launched the album Bem Brasil with a wide repertoire of tracks to commemorate the once-in-four-years football fiesta.
The two-CD album, launched synchronously with the World Cup goes far into the streets and lanes of Brazil and captures the true essence of the South American country. While Norman Quentin Cook may not have crossed any landmarks with this record, it only seems fair to give the Briton credit for bringing alive the real spirit of Brazil in all its glory.
Roping in some of the best entertainers and artistes from his profession, Fatboy Slim gets DJ Fresh, Gregor Salto, Psychemagik, Eats Everything, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Claude Von Stroke, Joey Negro and many others to represent the sounds of Brazil.
Roughly meaning ‘very Brazilian’, Bem Brasil is the perfect party highlight of the summer football festival and captures both the day and night overviews of Brazil’s music. The first CD titled Para Noite is the sound of Brazil’s nightlife.
Heavy rhythmic drum patches kicks off the night-time frenzy in Brazil and is masterfully recreated in the 10 track dance bangers lined up in this CD.
With an all-star list of artistes, the songs ebb with dark even shades of transient EDM. Difficult to separate the artiste from his typical EDM mixes, Fatboy Slim teams up with DJ Fresh to transform ‘Magalenha’ into an electro swirl of grinding chainsaws and bounce basslines while Nervo takes Rio Shock’s ‘Sensualizer’ and adds a dark, dripping house soul to the song. Fatboy Slim also adds two signature originals including the dizzyingly riotous fun house sounds of ‘Everyone Loves A Carnival’ and the thumping drum bass line of the collaboration with Diplo and Dimitri Vegas on ‘Eparrei’.
On the second CD dubbed Para Dia which takes out into the daylight, Fatboy Slim dips the energy level to soak in the sun. You can’t miss the sun-kissed beach vibe on this disc, rounded off with appearances from Claude VonStroke, Doorly, and more.
While Carl Cox’s ‘Keepee Uppee’ keeps the tempo grooving for a vibrant techno trip with glowing blips and tropical drums, John Digweed teams with Nick Muir for a remix of Stuttgart’s ‘Tosca’ that brings together introspective deep house.
Bem Brasil is the sounds of the real Brazil. Far from the bikini-clad dancers and noisy drummers comes the soundscape of what Brazil’s music truly stands for.
The tracks easily transport you the street football games among kids and the late evening dances around fires – a real picture of the sunny country. Pick up the CDs if you want to dance to the sounds that echo in Brazil throughout the year, world cup or not.