Batucada Eletr™nica


I heard an interesting bit of trivia yesterday — you can still get fresh water when you’re 100 miles out to sea from the mouth of the Amazon. Brazil’s musical influence is as subtle and impressive, often taking styles and sounds from the outside and returning them disassembled and put back together with all manner of exotic materials. In turn, it inspires others around the world to take these tropical contraptions and find wonderful new uses for them.

Batucada Eletr™nica is about a clear a representation of this phenomenon in the last five years as you’re likely to find. Featuring mostly musicians from Brazil, with a handful of foreign dignitaries who are heavily influenced (Arto Lindsay, Amon Tobin), this record provides thirteen different endings to the introduction of electronics into the Brazilian ecosystem. DJ Dolores’ “Monica No Samba” weaves thin strands of beats, whistles and a mandolin-like instrument playing the chords from Phillip Glass’ Mishima with a softly enveloping bass for an intense dub experience. Arto Lindsay’s “Whirlwind” is gentle as fat jungle raindrops, measuring a deep bass rumble with a loose-jointed Brazilian rhythm and light vocals. cYz’s “Zumbi” is Portishead set in the hot vertical sun of Rio, shadows chased away and replaced by something cheerier but not necessarily lighter.

So yes, this is the place to be. Forget American and European studios, where the latest trend is to imitate the latest trend in a degenerative cycle of mediocrity. Listen to the sounds of fertility and creativity instead — track down Batucada Eletr™nica prepare to travel to points elsewhere.

Caipirinha Productions, 510 La Guardia Pl., Suite 5, New York, NY 10012;

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Payal Kapadia
    Payal Kapadia

    Earlier this year, director Payal Kapadia was awarded the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing. Lily and Generoso interviewed Kapadia about her poignant film, which employs a hybrid-fiction technique to provide a personal view of the student protests that engulfed Indian colleges and universities during the previous decade.

  • Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    A classic children’s tale re-imagined by America’s greatest composers.

From the Archives