Friday, January 18, 2013

NEW RELEASES - AZYMUTH, RAF VILAR, SEXY FI

AZYMUTH - LIGHT AS A FEATHER

Full length remixed and remastered version of this classic LP featuring 'Jazz Carnival' now available with bonus tracks, new mixes and remixes by Theo Parrish, Ashley Beedle, Mark E and more. In 1979 the band’s first Milestone Records release, ‘Light As A Feather’ quickly became one of the best-selling LPs of the year. Featuring the worldwide disco/fusion hit single ‘Jazz Carnival’ and going on to sell more than half a million copies internationally, the album stayed in the UK Top 20 for eight straight weeks. An incredibly well thought out album both in pace, song selection and musicality, ‘Light As A Feather’ marked a maturing of the band as they began to rightfully utilise the studio as an instrument itself, embracing numerous mixing and recording techniques not yet common for the time as well as pioneering the use of the Big Muff and Dolby System to great effect. The end result is an album that endures to this day as a samba/jazz-funk masterpiece. Sadly with this re-release album well into production at the untimely recent passing of Jose Roberto Bertrami, ‘Light as a feather’ stands as a solemn reminder of our dearly departed friend and the effortless musical genius of Azymuth in their ascendancy

RAF VILAR - STUDIES IN BOSSA

Raf Vilar's Studies In Bossa deluxe digital edition (digital release) will be out on January 28 with extra tracks live at Maida Vale Studios for the BBC. “Fabulous new album...very beautiful...his debut album is classic bossa brushed with modern electronica flourishes. I absolutely love it.“ Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2; “Proof of a precocious talent enough to reach well beyond (a) niche market“  Songlines; “Carries bossa nova masterfully...reminiscent of a young Caetano Veloso“ Jungle Drums; “Stunning…gorgeous…so beautiful” Lucy Duran (BBC Radio 3); “This young Brazilian’s debut album avoids all the sun-kissed clich├ęs with effortless aplomb. The production and arrangements are delightful. It’s as if we are hearing the very soul of these sometimes bouncily euphoric songs. The best bossa nova album I’ve heard in a while.” Howard Male (Independent/Arts Desk/Propaganda).

SEXY FI - NUNCA TE VI DI BOA

Alongside Brazil’s musical traditions exists a vibrant and contemporary musical landscape personified by the sultry yet captivating sound of Sexy Fi. Equal parts indie rock, blues pop and Brazilian soul, ‘Nunca Te Vi De Boa’ mirrors Brazil’s burgeoning role on the world stage. A metropolitan soundtrack to global living. From the sweet yet melancholic album’s opener ‘Bermas’ to the soaring horn-infused swankiness of ‘Loro Con Loro’ this album glides between moments of discordant angst reminiscent of Sonic youth and haunting muses of vocal-led pop sensibilities echoing Portishead. Including the stand out track “Keep Cooler” together with a remix by the very talented Born Ruffians (Warp Records), this body of work is a remarkable sophomoric effort defining the indie movement of Latin America. "Unlike anything on the Brazilian scene today" - MTV IGGY

~ faroutrecordings.com

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