Hy Brazil is a compilation series that aims to map and promote the new music produced in Brazil focusing on electronic and experimental sounds. The formula of each volume is always the same: 14 unreleased tracks by 14 new producers across the Country.
Apart from the artists themselves, Hy Brazil fits conceptually with local promoters, festivals, producers, collectives, parties, labels and venues that have been struggling in recent years to change the cultural production scenario, always presenting new ideas, formats and smart programmes. Novas Frequências, Quintavant, Wooble, Matéria, Antimatéria, 40% Foda/ Maneiríssimo, Ruído, TOC, Fazedores de Som, Metanol, Beatwise, Colab 011, Avalanche Tropical, Funk na Caixa, Fazedores de Som, Braza, Eletronika, Norópolis, Desmonta, Voodoohop, Só Pedrada Musical, Ibrasotope, Música Estranha, Dissenso, Exhale the Sound, Step In, Audio Rebel, Comuna, Espaço SA, Trackers, Casa do Mancha, among others. The list grows every month.
Released last year respectively in March (via Spin), April (via Dummy) and May (via Resident Advisor), the first three volumes were widely covered in local mainstream media (O Globo, Estadão, Gazeta do Povo) and specialized international websites such as Tiny Mixtapes and FACT. The latter even elected the second volume (dedicated to experimental sounds) as one of the 20 Bandcamp best releases of the year. In 2014 are scheduled one more experimenal compilation, plus another that investigates the “canção” (songs sung in Portuguese).
A Rio de Janeiro resident, (Pedro) Manara was born in 1992. Owner at the same time of a warm and sinister sound that can resonate like techno or house, his main inspiration comes from Brazilian legends Moacir Santos, Luiz Gonzaga, Nana Vasconcelos and Dorival Caymmi, and also the great godfathers of electronic music like Tangerine Dream, Juan Atkins, Kraftwerk, Moritz Von Oswald, Pev and Anthony Naples.
"Man, mytho" is not only a preview of his debut album (called Ihnteractions) but also the first Domina label release, an imprint developed in partnership with music producer Marcelo Mudou. Besides the label, the duo also works in Domina Live, a live project without a fixed format which also has Isis Passos and Helô Duran taking care of projections.
Carlos Gualda, also known as Carrot Green, was one of two Brazilians chosen to represent Brazil in the 2013 New York Red Bull Music Academy edition.
A guitar player since the age of 11 and a DJ since 2007, Gualda began his career together with friends Bernardo Campos, Pedro Mezzonato and Felipe Fella, all crew members of the label/ party Molotov 21. Gualda then lived two years in London where he took classes in audio engineering. In Brazil, his first released track went straight to nº 81 in the Beatport Indie Dance/ New Disc chart amid artists from labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Hot Natured and Ed Banger.
ALDO is a band composed by the São Paulo brothers André Faria (vocals, bass and guitar) and Murilo Faria (programming, synths, vocals). The name of the duo pays tribute to an uncle of the family. Uncle Aldo was the typical 80’s freak, a troublemaker who always took his two nephews to accompany him (at the time André with 12 and Murilo with only 8 years).
Uncle Aldo turned evangelical in 1997 and the brothers decided to exorcise all these memories with the ALDO band, releasing the LOVE IS album in 2013. With a strong electronic output, mixing synthesizers and beats with guitars and bass played organically, the band seeks the dancefloor with their "electronic-indie-disco-punk" sound.
The unreleased track "Bluffing" was mastered by Simon Davey in London’s The Exchange Studio and mixed and co-produced by David "O Marroquino".
Deep Baile from Rio!
Rio Shock is a fusion of baile funk with UK house and UK garage, lyrics that speak of Rio's daily life and a tropical neo-surrealist visual aesthetic. Their first EP, self-titled, was released by Som Livre, while the full album is due for release this June.
The project was born from a partnership between music producer and DJ João Brasil – a well known figure in the mashup culture – and the art director Filipe Raposo (aka DJ Filipe Mustache). Singer Danni Mendes, MC Sabara and dancer Safadin Dancy came later. Also part of the project is Swiss stylist rooted in Brazil Raquel Alvarez and creative business entrepreneur Rodrigo Santanna.
São Paulo’s DJ and producer Bruno Belluomini is one of the pioneers of the bass music scene in South America. His parties Tranquera and Stepahead act as a central hub for low frequencies lovers in Brazil. Tranquera emerged in 2005 and was the first party in the Country to devote to dubstep: the nights were an instant success and soon gained articles in international websites DJ Mag, XLR8R and The Fader. Stepahead is characterized by hybridity and the recent loss of bass music boundaries fusing dubstep, house, techno, electro, garage, among others.
His first tracks as a producer date from 2005. They were played by Kode 9 on Rinse FM and by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC. In the following years came Gent Sao Paulo EP and remixes for Lucas Santtana, Digitaldubs, Cibelle and Killaflaw. It was only in 2013 that Bruno finally managed to deeply concentrate into the studio to produce his material.
Director of advertising ads, video clips and also a musician, Julio Secchin is considered one of the most creative professionals from his generation.
Some of the most interesting videos recently produced in Rio (Leo Justi, Strausz, SILVA) have his hand on direction. His first EP is planned for mid-April and will feature, among others, “SWUTL (Parte 1)” and "Night Lights", the latter a song with Maria Luiza Jobim (from Opala) in the vocal duties.
Born in São Paulo, Ney Faustini is a DJ, producer and musical researcher recognized for his eclecticism and technique. Ney performed at clubs and parties with concepts as distinct as his musical references, such as D-Edge, Warung, Lions, Clash, Pacha and Trackers. In addition to clubs and festivals, he was among the few chosen artists to perform at the first Brazilian Boiler Room edition.
As a music producer, Ney has released for the past 3 years tracks and EPs for labels like Foul & Sunk (Switzerland), Appian Sounds (Ireland) and Fountain Music (Japan). In addition to original material he also has done edits of artists like Tim Maia, Elis Regina, Talking Heads, The Clash and Adele.
Despite having a large experience, the major exhibition of his work in 2013 led to his being awarded in the 6th edition of the Rio Music Conference as "Breakthrough DJ 2013”.
Rio de Janeiro’s Ivan LP is a DJ for 10 years. Under the Radio Guidance moniker he released tracks by labels Motronic, Rainbow Socks, Perception Records, among others. In 2011, he was one of the winners of the remix contest promoted by the Luke Solomon’s Music For Freaks label. The remix was included in the commemorative compilation Danced & Re-ordered.
Ivan LP is a co-founder of Fazedores de Som, a collaborative label that has until now released 4 compilations devoted to the new Brazilian electronic music (Rafael Moura, Bruno Real, Felipe Sá, Zopelar, No Step…)
No Step is a project/ band lead by Fabio Neves (a.k.a. FZero), an electronic music producer from Toronto (originally from Brazil). Fabio was the man behind Gerador Zero, one of the front-runners of electronic music in Brazil during the 00s.
Missiles at a Wedding
Missiles At the Wedding is the work of São Paulo producer Marcus Vinicius Brasil. His songs combine hypnotic melodies laden with echo and space with heavy bursts of bass and broken beats. The result is a mixture of sunny and shady landscapes with some oppressive passages. His influences come from house and techno, especially when they gain experimental colors.
Marcus also works as a journalist, writes about music and technology, and is fascinated by meditation and awareness research.
A Carioca DJ and producer currently living in São Paulo, Glauber Barreto aka Cybass, started producing music in 1999 making drum and bass. Nowadays, future beats and bass music runs the menu. According to him: "Abstract beats derived from hip-hop, massive synths coming from d&b and a percussive session with lots of glitches".
His latest EP, Hop It!, came out on Beatwise Recordings, the label of beatmakers Sants (Diego Santos) and CESRV (Cesar Pierri).
Hill-Sax is a music producer and video editor from São Paulo. His musical research and production fluctuate between several genres dedicated to low end music realms and its boundaries.
Funk na Caixa presents: Asshake
The Asshake duo is formed by Joinville/ Santa Catarina (South of Brazil) producers Rhegis and Cassio Vinicius. To fulfill the mission to leave no one standing still in the dancefloor, their productions mix funk carioca with twerk plus small doses of hip-hop and trap.
Conceived by Renato Martins, the Funk na Caixa blog was born in 2010 with the goal to promote baile funk mutations – not anymore the local sounds from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro – and also demonstrates its value. Funk na Caixa promotes singles and compilation releases targeting neo funk and global bass news.
Braza presents: Som Peba
Pedro Marighella’s Som Peba comes from the new generation of Bahian producers who are mixing their culture with electronic beats and heavy bass lines. Their sound, built on regional instruments, gain another gear when computer remixed. The famous “pagode baiano” sounds totally different from the usual – it continues with a full face organic drumming, but the synths and the bass put them towards the dancefloor.
Renato Martins’ Braza music label aims to promote new music and new Brazilian producers.
released 23 March 2014
Concept and curatorship: Chico Dub
Cover artwork: Fernando Rocha
Hy Brazil logo: Antonio Simas
Based in Rio de Janeiro, Chico Dub is a cultural producer, a musical researcher and a curator. He is the curator and artistic director of Novas Frequências, an international festival of exploratory music that have already held three editions in Rio de Janeiro and one in São Paulo. Was the guest curator in Eletronika 2013, the Brazilian longest running new trends music festival (based in Belo Horizonte). He was one of the curators and public relations in Sónar São Paulo 2012. Co-created and wrote the Dub Echoes documentary, the first feature film to show the importance of Jamaican dub for the birth of hip-hop and electronic music.