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Various Artists - Hidden Waters: Strange And Sublime Sounds Of Rio De Janeiro 2LP

Various Artists - Hidden Waters: Strange And Sublime Sounds Of Rio De Janeiro 2LP

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The popularity of Brazilian music from the 60s, 70s and 80s has experienced quite the renaissance; artists such as Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Joyce et al, have become household names to an international audience passionate about global sounds.

However, even for die-hard fans and collectors of Brazilian music of the past, discovering contemporary Brazilian artists is not always easy, nor accessible. But, if you know where to look, you will see that there is a resurgence well underway that can be epitomised by an exciting new wave of Brazilian artists beginning to break through and gather momentum overseas. It's with thanks to Sound and Colours, a website devoted to promoting Latin American music and culture, that we can help shine a light on one particular collective, bursting with creativity and camaraderie.

"Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro" is compiled by Joe Osborne (founder of specialist Brazilian music platform Brazilian Wax) and Russ Slater (editor at large of Sounds and Colours).

Focusing solely on the 'Rio Scene', rather than taking on the mammoth task of tackling Brazil as a whole, this collection presents 20-plus ground-breaking artists selected from Rio's resurgent music scene. By presenting a snapshot into the pulse of the city and the vibrant musicians that live in it, "Hidden Waters" collates tracks from a wide spectrum of musical genres from the avant-garde edge to bossa nova, samba, Candomblé, lo-fi rock, jazz and funk.

"Hidden Waters" showcases musicians such as iconic Rio mainstays Negro Leo and Ava Rocha, Brazilian jazz upstart Antônio Neves, critically lauded Avant-pop trailblazer Thiago Nassif, breakthrough artists Ana Frango Elétrico and Letrux, lo-fi psych rocker Lê Almeida, plus the Latin Grammy-winning Bala Desejowho are set to explode onto the world stage.

The music featured on "Hidden Waters" is unequivocally Brazilian, swelling with samba, bossa nova, funk, and jazz. But it's within the album's blend; from sunny psychedelia to dusky synth-pop via experimental electronics, that marks the compilation as the sound of modern, multicultural Rio.

This comprehensive compilation comes with album artwork designed by Rio music's leading album artwork designer, Caio Paiva. It features essays by professor and music critic Bernardo Oliveira and music journalist Leonardo Lichote, plus extensive notes on each track by the artists themselves.


1. Saudade [Ana Frango Eletrico]
2. Cliche [Pedro Fonte]
3. Lua Comanche [Bala Desejo]
4. Boco do Ceu [Ava Rocha]
5. Avos da Experiencia [Exercito de Bebes]
6. Soar Estranho [Thiago Nassif, feat. Arto Lindsey, Vinicius Cantuaria and Gabriela Riley]
7. Mulato [Negro Leo]
8. Amelie [Mari Romano]
10. Vento de Beirada [Dora Morelenbaum]
11. Candombe - la Cacunde laue [Cadu Tenorio and Jucara Marcal]
12. Gigolo [Jonas Sa]
13. Bandeide [Troa]
14. Simbora [Marcelo Callado, feat. Silvia Machete]
15. Mocos [Ovo Ou Bicho]
16. Apreco Antigo [Le Almeida]
17. Briga de Familia [Vovo Bebe, feat. Ana Frango Eletrico]
18. Dois Litorais [Joana Queiroz]
19. Flecha Azul [Raquel Dimantas]
20. Das Neves [Antonio Neves and Thiaguinho Silva]
21. Dorme Com Essa [Letrux]
22. Sambolero [Os Ritmistas]

About this product: this release is pressed on 2x black vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve.