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, Eletrônika, Sónar São Paulo, Kinobeat, Quintavant, Mostra Arte Sônica, Wobble, Matéria, Outros Críticos, Metanol FM, Desmonta, Brava, Norópolis, Voodoohop, Só Pedrada Musical, Ibrasotope, Música Estranha, Dissenso, Exhale the Sound, Hy Brazil, 40% Foda/ Maneiríssimo, Ruído, TOC, Beatwise, Colab 011, QTV, Rebola, Bota na Roda, Avalanche Tropical, Funk na Caixa, Fazedores de Som, Braza, Step In, Arrastão, Fluxxx, Low Kick High Punch, Uivo, Galope, Mansarda, Propósito, Sinewave, Audio Rebel, Comuna, Espaço SA, Trackers, Casa do Mancha and Glicério 721, among others. The list grows every month.
Now going into it’s consecutive third year, the Hy Brazil project already showcased 98 different artists from multiple ages, genres and cities spreaded all over the Country.
Marginal Men feat. Omulu
Wobble is a DJ and producer collective based in Rio and São Paulo who aim to spread bass music culture in Brazil. Formed by Fabio Heinz, Rodrigo S and Marginal Men (a duo formed by Gustavo Elsas and Pedro Fontes) they always present themselves alongside other national and international talents. From baile funk to house, from trap to grime, Wobble are breaking barriers and redefining styles within a scene that still crawls from many independent efforts.
Despite being together since 2012, it was only in 2014 that Marginal Men began producing music, resulting in the “Shake That Crack” track collaboration with São Paulo’s CABLE producer. Since then they have worked with producers and MCs like MC Brinquedo, MC Bin Laden, Pesadão Tropical, Ruxell and Portuguese producer Branko from Buraka Som Sistema and head of the global bass label Enchufada.
Kid From Amazon
From Belém do Pará hails Kid From Amazon, a chillwave music project that started in early 2014 with some drum ‘n’ bass, techno, noise and indigenous rhythm elements. The search for an ideal soundscape only extends the synaesthesia which proposes the tracks’ content.
Swinga Vs. Dorly
DJ and producer from Curitiba, Luis Ricardo Ramos AKA Swinga is ½ of the Sweet Grooves project and the creator of the INVDRS party. Always open to new references, he is constantly seeking the newest music trends, without forgetting all the national references.
Dorly, DJ and producer from Rio, graduated from the Red Bull Beats Favela School with teachers like Sany Pitbull, Grandmaster Raphael and DJ Nino Leal. He’s a resident at Heavy Baile, a collective/party created by music producer Leo Justi (check Hy Brazil Vol.1) that unites bass frequencies with club music’s most danceable rhythms.
Known as “Chico Correa”, Esmeraldo Marques is one of the pioneers in the fusion of Brazilian north-eastern music with electronic sounds. He represents a new generation of Brazilian bass music producers, focusing his artistic creativity between the oral traditions of his land and the low-end frequencies of sound systems, blending TR 808 and analog synths with cocos de roda and emboladas.
In Brazil, he produces his own parties: Baile Muderno (with live musicians) and FFG (with DJ Dolores, FurmigaDub and Maga Bo). He has worked with Baiana System, Cabruera, Totonho and with his own band ChicoCorrea&ElectronicBand, performing in world music, jazz, alternative and electronic festivals in Europe, Senegal (Saint Louis Jazz Festival), China (Shanghai World Music Festival) and through Brazil. He has developed other projects in collaboration with Chico Cesar, DJ Tudo, DJ Dolores, Maga Bo, Russo Passapusso, Furmiga Dub, David Bovée (BE), Les Sages Po (FR), Moe Clark (CA), Papet J (FR), Agua na Boca (FR) and Makoto Kubota (JP).
“ToDestroySomethingBeautiful is not an alter ego. It’s another person.”
Bringing together fragments of memory, Akin (from Metanol Fm collective and web radio) takes another character, a new persona, bringing particular meaning to sound memories absorbed since childhood. Using slower and drawn-out BPMs, ToDestroySomethingBeautiful tries to slow the perception of the passage of time, a perpetual exercise of rescue and deconstruction of some experience. All the elements that are part of its composition universe are actually in ethereal state of decomposition, buried under dense emotional and affective layer.
Formed by Maur Rock and Ramon Campos, TERR0RISM is a musical duo from São Paulo. The project evokes the most pure and impure feelings, combining them with beats, snares and echoed voices. With fragmented sounds that exude melancholy and distorted synths, the duo’s performances make people lose control on the dance floor.
Formed in 2011, African Hooligans is an experimental electronic music project formed by Marcos Felinto, Everton Adrade and Guilherme Henrique. They have four albums released independently and recently had their new EP, Prelude, released by the São Paulo label Fluxxx. Afro Hooligans establish dialogues with many genres, ranging from harsh noise to pop through glitch and witch house.
Based in São Paulo, Raquel Krügel is an electronic music composer and illustrator. After graduating with a master’s degree in music philosophy, she has travelled the world for three years using only a laptop for the production of her audio visual work.
Dieckmanns is a semi-concealed project that incorporates disparate elements such as television iconography and the ambience of Chicago house.
From Brasilia, ˆL_ (pronounced “control L”) released his debut album Love Is Hell in 2014, a record full of IDM and ambient techno with some noise and drone elements. Also released by the Berlin-based imprint ANTIME, the 12″ The Outsider sees the Brasilia producer going for a more dance floor-orientated sound, be it 90s-style techno, eerie techno/house hybrid, hard-hitting break-beats or allusions to 2-Step. ˆL_’s sample-heavy aesthetics are as distinctive as they are cohesive.
Daniel Vojevodovas aka Ftureable is a hip-hop and trap producer from Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, that is very fond of slow beats.
Daniel Limaverde hails from Rio de Janeiro and recently featured in the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Being the son of the Brazilian singer-songwriter Ednardo, Limaverde showed a strong interest in music since an early age, teaching himself and pursuing his love for music with influences like Arvo Pärt, Charles Mingus, Björk, Tom Waits, Matthew Herbert and Ricardo Villalobos.
Limaverde’s music grasps a clarity of spaciousness even though it’s formed by many moving parts, having a particular style that uses the time length of a song as a foundation for constructing a spatial site where elements like notes, timber and texture are used like three-dimensional visual motifs. In fact, visuals have taken much of the modus operandi of this 24-year-old producer who released his debut with a 30-minute audiovisual performance. In October 2015, Limaverde embarks to the USA for a month-long road trip with 24 another musicians from around the globe, as part of the OneBeat residency program.
Holocaos is a mix of diverse influences with no rules, established by São Paulo’s Cauê Miranda around 2001. His career got a boost after being selected in the “New Talents” tent in 2007’s Motomix Festival. Since then he has performed on dance floors and in festivals like Aldeia Tapai, Spektro, Manifesto Eletronico, Eletronika, Cosmic Projection, Fazenda Magica, Electro4friends, Quebrando a Fome, Under_line, Earthdance, Voodoohop and Mamba Negra. His music has been released by Tranzmitter Netlabel (BRA), Psicotropicodelia (BRA), Perception Corp (BRA), Proto Records (BRA), Puzzle Heads (BRA), Rainbow Socks (BRA), Hot N’ Wet (BRA), D-Edge (BRA), Not For Us (BRA), Paunchy Cat (BRA), Psychosomatic (BRA), Proc records (EUA), Fourth Kind Records (EUA) Beachtown Records (ALE) and Nonpop records (MEX).
Completely obsessed with analog gear, big sounds, glitch and processing errors, the Berlin-based brazilian producer QRG, the alias of Guilherme Queiroga, makes dark and gritty techno and IDM. The project was born in NYC in 2011 where Guilherme was studying audio engineering. Full of earthy textures and ethereal moods, his last work, the EP Pause One, used a broken and detuned piano as a starting point. The recordings were inspired by old stone and marmore structures. “I rushed, I dragged and I didn’t re-record. What’s broken is broken and was meant to be like that, things are not perfect and I made sure I am not trying to fool myself.”