I've had "black rio" for two weeks now and am terribly impressed with the
comp. I heard Cliffy throw down the "rapper's delight" cover at Movement
last summer and remember thinking damn, I was never going to hear that
again. Well imagine how thrilled I was to find it as the first track of the
CD! I must admit some surprise at a couple of his selections; Orlandivo's
"Onde Anda O Meu Amor," for example, is not particularly obscure and has
been featured on any number of comps and bootlegs. Still, the exhaustive
liner notes more than make-up for any deficiencies. In my opinion, Cliffy
remains the final world in Brazilian sounds for the dancefloor. Definitely
a DJ worth much effort to see.
If you're into the Black Rio aesthetic, look for the "Brazil Funk"
comp/bootleg. It's very similar to "Black Rio" without the production
quality and more focused on the deeper Rio funk.
I'm also feeling the third Brazilian Beats. The vocals on the Malena track
are all sticky tropical evenings, which is to say utterly sublime. The
Bazeado remix is also nice, but as far as the dusties go, it doesn't come
close to the first.
From: megan hill [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: March 8, 2002 11:27 PM
Subject: BLACK RIO
just wanted to give a heads up to any of you feeling
the brazilian thing (i don't think anyone else has
mentioned it, so i thought i would).
i picked up the compilation "black rio" last weekend
and i haven't stopped listening to it. it's on the
strut label and is compiled by dj cliffy--this guy has
got to have the best rare brazilian collection of
anyone! anyhow, the comp is full of amazing 70s black
brazilian funk and soul (i'd never heard of about 80%
of the musicians). the killer for me is the funkiest
brazilian style rendition of "rapper's delight."
everyone i've played it for goes nuts. just get it.
you won't be disappointed!
ps--also got a copy of the MAW remix of nina simone's
"see-line woman" and it's really nice! they did a
great job with a classic track without making it too
housey or screwing with it too much. i think they
added just the right bits--any other opinions?
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