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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Baile Rave

If it's not one of us, it's another. Following in the fine Finnish tradition of his countryman DJ Rideon, there's another funk carioca blogger (and 2Bros volunteer!) on the loose in Teemuk of Otra Luna, which focuses on "art, design, music and culture from the southern side of the world." His "super classics of funk carioca" series has dug deep this month, with big features on William e Duda and Deize Tigrona.

The latter has apparently gone mundial, collaborating with Lisbon's DJ Manaia for some cross-lusophone batidas.

"Eu sou sobrevivente de uma rave." (I'm the survivor of a rave.)

A tried-n-true funk MC singing over the raviest of rave synths can only make me laugh as I recall Sany DJ's complaint that his pós-baile funk is derided as "rave" at bailes funk.

What I don't understand about this track is why the vocals are so poorly recorded. They sound worse, in fact, than her smash hit "Injeção" (with a dance routine no less -- happy, Lone Wolf?) The raw sound of funk is constantly praised as one of its most endearing features, although that's really a canard w/r/t funk of the last decade or so, with the big commercial sound systems using top notch recording studios. Did DJ Manaia intentionally rough up the vocal mix to make it sound grittier, more like funk to his Portuguese or wider Euro audience? Either way, it just plain sounds bad against those hyper-polished synths. Maybe Deize is simply hoping her vocals survive this rave.

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At 11/24/2008 2:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, for a funk track, this song is not too bad. it even has that softer house beat, which makes it palatable for a few extra seconds. i can see a handful of gringos appreciating this type of music. but, other than nostalgic brazilian migrants, funk does not deserve attention beyond favelas. sorry, that's just my inner simon cowell speaking...

At 11/24/2008 1:19 PM, Blogger gregzinho said...

Why would you say it doesn't "deserve" attention beyond favelas? Does that include the considerable media coverage/DJ playlisting/record releases that have made it to the U.S. and Europe despite the linguistic and technological barriers?

At 12/03/2008 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course, i do love the dance!

this ravier funk is realllly thin. why? i'm not looking for grit and grime but a little syncopation never hurt!


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