Review: Destination Rio: Barefoot Beats stamp into the new year with these two sunkissed, hip-slinking workouts. Disco doyen Dicky rolls out a steamy percussive affair that builds on every 16 with layers of percussion, horns and dubby overlays. Flip for "Tata Giro" from Rio's own Joutro Mundo; an instant beach number with big vocals, fantastic attention to detail and a squidged out bassline that wriggles without end. Soul for the soles... Barefoot kill it again.
Review: Summer's here, so that means another 10" slab of Brazilian edit action from the consistent Barefoot Beats label. Razor 'n' Tape/Deep & Disco man JKriv handles the A-side, serving up a crunchy, Clavinet and funk guitar-laden chunk of sweat-soaked disco-funk with that distinctively Brazilian sweetness ("Barefoot Boogie"). While a little loopy, the Brooklyn-based producer has craftily retained the sax-heavy swing of his original source material. On the flip Midnight Riot regular Joutro Mundo steals the show with "Caue", a superb edit of a vaguely familiar, string-laden chunk of AOR disco brilliance that subtly builds throughout.
Review: Barefoot Beats is a series of EPs released on Mareh Music, a record label based in Sao Paulo whose people are also the curators of the Mareh music festival in Boipeba - a remote island in Bahia. For their label's ninth edition, Rio de Janeiro's Joutro Mundo (Midnight Riot/Outra) delivers an edit of a lovely neon-lit boogie down number on "Revele", while on the flip the man from New York City Jkriv (Razor-N-Tape) gets a deep, soulful and life-affirming number into the mix with "Povo De Zambi".