DJ Tudo e Sua Gente de todo Luga ‘Pancada motor-manifesto da festa’ (Far Out) 3/5

dj-tudoFar Out records have pioneered contemporary Brazilian music, but for this latest release have gone slightly left-field for an album of music that both digs deep into the traditional sounds of north-east Brazil and gives these rhythms a decidedly modern feel fused with dub effects. The project is the brainchild of DJ Tudo aka Alfredo Bello, a DJ who during the 1990s dance culture craze made London his home and soaked up the myriad influences of the dance scene at the time, but his other musical hat is that of musicologist and during the periods 2003-2009 and 2102-2013 he went around the north-east of Brazil in particular recording local traditional music styles and he deserves a good deal of credit for this. Here he has enlisted the support of London’s very own dub maestro Mad Professor and a fusion of Jamaican reggae and Brazilian grooves is not as unlikely as one might expect. Musicians such as Olodum and Gilberto Gil have regularly sampled Jamaican music, though it is true to say that an international audience has not warmed to such fusions and generally prefers a more conventional samba-based groove. Quite possibly a Brazilian equivalent of the Congotronics sound is what DJ Tudo was searching for and to a certain extent he has succeeded on the dub-infused opener ‘É hoje é hoje’ which has something of an African feel to it with rustic male vocals. There are blues inflections on ‘Traveler’ which is a street march from Marujda and again driving percussion is a feature of this instrumental. Afro-Funk is in evidence on ‘Meu Natural’ with rock-influenced guitar while the pared down ‘Nico’s dream’ has some wah-wah guitar effects and a bass line right out of classic Jamaican dub with dubbed horns for extra effect. Perhaps for devotees of the genuinely rootsy sounds of Brazil what might have enhanced the overall feel of this project is to include both the original versions and their dubbed versions. There are some truly exceptional and seldom heard rhythms contained on this album and it is a pity that the listener is not afforded the opportunity to hear them in their original glory. That said, this is still a worthy release and fans of dub who enjoy some exotic musical backdrop will find a good deal to enjoy here.

Tim Stenhouse