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Bárbara Eugenia – Confusão (Feat. Felipe Cordeiro)

July 11

Celebrating 10 years deep into her music career, Bárbara Eugenia’s fourth album is imminent. Over the last decade the Rio de Janeiro-born singer has explored several musical styles, although always retained a consistent Tropicalia flavor throughout. With such local, nostalgic energy so well established in her music, the artist decided to join forces with Felipe Cordeiro, one of the most prominent names within the new wave of Guitarrada, the genre from the northern state of Pará where guitars and percussion combine to make a sound resembling a mix of Afro-Caribbean Calypso infused with a tropical flavour unique to Brazil’s north. Together the pair created ‘Confusão’, an irresistible tune that invites the listener a hot summer’s night of dirty dancing.

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Nego do Borel – Me Solta (ft. DJ Rennan da Penha)

July 7

Nego do Borel is a Brazilian funk hit-maker and entertainment prodigy. Born Leno Maycon Viana Gomes in Rio de Janeiro, he adopted his the name of his community, Morro do Borel – a favela home to more than 20.000 inhabitants. He started to gain recognition in 2012, when his track ‘Os caras do momento’ became a hit – the MC then went on to appear in some of Brazil’s most famous soap operas, often in cameos portraying himself. After consolidating on his celebrity status, Nego do Borel started to release a series of singles, collaborated with some of Brazil and Latin America’s most famous singers such as Anitta, Wesley Safadão and Maluma. With his latest single ‘Me Solta’, Borel decided to take on a funk 150bpm rhythm, a high-octane, faster and more aggressive version of the regular funk carioca, enlisting the help of DJ Rennan da Penha, one of the pioneers of this growing sub-genre. The 150bpm style is already taking the underground by storm in funk parties all across the country, but this track could well provide the bridge that enables it to filter into the mainstream.

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Crudo Means Raw – Sangre en el Pool Party (ft. Juan Gabriel Quintero Tanga)

Born in NYC but of Colombian roots, Crudo Means Raw stands out as one of the most exciting members of the golden generation of Colombian rappers. Both an exceptional MC and producer, Crudo adorns his beats with elements of jazz and soul, spitting raw lyrics that tell stories from the streets of Medellín.

‘Sangre en el Pool Party’ begins with the voices of Tanga, an old friend of Crudo, who one day casually passed by his studio. They left the track rolling, turned on the microphones and started talking, and that’s how this brilliant track was born.

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Huaira – Semilla Solar

June 29

In Andean culture the most important festivity in the calendar corresponds to the summer solstice of June 21st, and it was on this day that Ecuadorian singer Huaira chose to release her first solo EP ‘Ñuka Shunku’ (“I am pure heart”). From the centre of the planet Quito on the day dedicated to the sun, Huaira (meaning “wind” in the Quechua language), the project opens with ‘Semilla Solar’ (“Solar Seed”), a song loaded with timeless Andean elements and beautiful vocals that seems to bring a message from the earth itself.

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Maria Beraldo – Amor verdade

June 28

Maria Beraldo only recently released her first album, but she’s by no means a rookie in Brazilian’s music scene. A renowned clarinetist who has already played alongside significant avant-garde and música popular brasileira (MPB) artists such as Elza Soares and Arrigo Barnabé, on her debut album ‘Cavala’ she crafts an in-depth study of what it means to be lesbian in a country and society where the dominant macho culture is such an undermining force for minorities. The song ‘Amor Verdade’ (Love True) is a moving confession of the artist’s sexual orientation to her parents, with the power of the lyrics emphasised by the minimalistic psychedelic style, encouraging the listener to focus on what the artist has to say.

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Los Espíritus – Ruso Blanco

June 24

Last year, Buenos Aires psychedelic rock/blues band Los Espíritus released their third album ‘Agua Ardiente’. A few months later, while still touring the album, they released a three track EP called ‘Guayabo de Agua Ardiente’. The group describes this extension as containing the songs that were “too spaced out to be inserted in the official album but also too good not to be shared”. This EP ends with the aching guitars and deep, rasping vocals of ‘Ruso Blanco’.

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Gui Amabis – Contravento

June 18

Though perhaps better known in Brazil as a producer and composer for new MPB indie artists such as Céu and Lucas Santtana, Gui Amabis is no newcomer to the microphone himself. His latest album, ‘Miopia’, is the fourth in a series which began back in 2011 with ‘Memórias Luso-Africanas’, followed by 2012’s ‘Trabalhos Carnívoros’ and ‘Ruivo em Sangue’ in 2015. ‘Contravento’ is actually a song that was originally recorded by Céu on her album ‘Caravana Sereia Bloom’, but here Amabis crafts a new version that completely reworks the genre and mood of the song: where before there were notes of tropical cumbia, Amabis spins a smooth, melancholic take, adding a philosophical and reflective depth to the lyrics. Amabis handles vocal duties, enlisting instrumental assistance from a band of four; Dustan Gallas (electric guitar), Regis Damasceno (bass), Samuel Fraga (drums) and Richard Ribeiro (vibraphone).

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