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: It's time to kick off our shoes and socks once again as Brazilian sunshine soulsters Barefoot Beats present their sixth episode. Eddie C hops off his motorcycle for a second and dips his toes in the sand for a little Latin cosmicity while Rio duo Balako go all-in with a triumphant vocal hook, a vibrant electroid groove, staccato vocals and strong tones of cuica. Premium uncut Brazilian dancefloor gold.
Review: For the fourth volume in the consistently impressive Barefoot Beats series, the Brazilian crew behind the imprint has offered a label debut to Canadian scalpel fiend Eddie C. His "Salve a Bahia" is a softly spun, sun-kissed delight; a slightly tooled up re-edit of a lesser-known Brazilian gem, full of jangly acoustic guitars, delay-laden choral vocals, bubbly electronics and gentle tropical intent. On the flip, Ray Mang makes his second appearance for the label with "Cc Amor", a tasty revision of a punchy, horn-heavy chunk of disco sweetness. Wisely, he makes much more of the original version's all-too-short drum breaks, chopping and looping the carnival-friendly percussion to guarantee greater dancefloor thrills.
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".
Review: Brazil's Barefoot Beats series returns, serving up fresh chunks of sticky dancefloor humidity from Ray Mang and label co-founder Carrot Green. Mang handles the A-side, making merry with layered, carnival-friendly drum rhythms, ghostly backing vocals, rhythmic samba guitars and a pulsating bassline. The veteran producer wisely emphasizes the intricate but heavy percussion throughout. On the flip, Rio De Janairo's own Carrot Green takes a different approach, expertly cutting ip a punchy, horn-heavy disco-funk number. It's naturally celebratory in mood, with the producer adding reverb and delay here to emphasize key vocal passages. Like the A-side, it's something of a floor-friendly thriller.
Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco - "Coconuts For Breakfast" (7:42)
Review: Barefoot Beats' formula is simple: hand pick some lesser-known Brazilian gems, and then re-edit them in a way that suits modern dancefloors. The sneaky imprint's second release features a pair of collaborative reworks from Selvagem and Kiko Coastato, and Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco. The former pairing's "Afoxe" is something of a slow-building treat, with delay-laden, chanted vocals riding a shuffling, samba-disco groove. Old pals Herbert and Trisco reach for the button marked "beach party", underpinning their breezy "Coconuts For Breakfast" with a solid, house-friendly kick-drum pattern and brilliant bassline. Both tracks sound like the kind of thing that should be played loudly in the summer sunshine.