Relatively speaking, Sao Paulo is close to the African coast. When you listen to III, you can almost forget about the tectonic rifts that have separated the two continents. Effortlessly merging funk, afrobeat and samba, Bixiga 70 have produced a copper-packed smorgasbord. Not just world music, but world-class music.
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I admit it, I'm not very good at World Music. I rarely venture past Seabrooks when choosing my crisp company so what chance do I have with something like this record from Brazilian troupe Bixiga 70? Well, when you are trying to get away from terrible music played on the office stereo thenits amazing what you will listen to. Turns out I really like opener 'Ventania'. It marries exhilarating rhythms to clever almost math rock-ish guitar lines and is so resolutely upbeat that the mouth on even an old Yorkshire stick-in-the-mud like me is starting to move in an upwards direction. '100% 13' has jittery horns meshing with soulful guitar chords and there's plenty of Bhundu Boys like twirling guitars about. At times, yes it does sound like midday at a carnival and you might never want to hear a trombone again but this is fun and chipper. Unlike the misery playing next door.
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