Summer’s here so it’s time to stop talking about moody, minimal techno and start blasting some tropical, tribal, latin, dancehall-infused beats ‘n’ bass. And who better to kick things off than Maga Bo?
Spending his formative years in Rio de Janeiro seems to have made him a lot more upbeat than his press shots suggest. Cumbia beats, dancehall vocals and a chaotic carnival vibe provide the backdrop to one of the most exceptional remix albums of recent years. Quite often with such LPs, the artists selected for the album are so disparate that, while you can’t discredit one particular effort, the albums never quite gel and the whole thing becomes a collection rather than a fluid album.
In addition to his long-time collaborator João Hermeto, the record also features a tremendous wealth of vocal talent in a wide variety of styles from established Brazilian vocalists like BNegão, Gaspar, Lucas Santtana and Marcelo Yuka to newer acts like Funkero, Biguli and BaianaSystem. On top of the names you may not know already, a couple of familiar faces show up, Brooklyn’s Jahdan Blakkamoore and Chicago’s MC Zulu, providing two highlights in an already stunning release.
Here’s a little snippet about the inspiration for the album and the reason for a lot of the musical choices on the record.:
“A quilombo was an autonomous, fugitive settlement founded by ex-slaves and others in colonial Brazil. The Quilombo do Futuro is more than a possible physical space. It is a potential worldwide agglomeration of cultural resistance. After centuries of wealth generated by an economy built on slavery (and the subsequent post-abolition adaptations), the Quilombo do Futuro is a break from this legacy. Fortified by an international community based on plurality, inclusive democracy and direct communication, cultural resistance is paramount in creating a sustainable, healthy existence in the face of worldwide corporate domination.”
‘Quilombo do Futuro Remixed’ is out now on Post World Industries and has already received extensive support from DJ /rupture, Poirier and ZZK Records founder El G.