ALEX FIGUEIRA | Maracas

ALEX FIGUEIRA

maracas


Label: Music With Soul
Cat No: MWS014

Status: PRESALE

7" acid afro breaks funk jazz single soul


TRACKLIST

A. Maracas
B. Grasping Wishing

RELEASE NOTES

Two and a half frenetic minutes that sound like Aphex Twin and The Incredible Bongo Band dancing Capoeira in the early hours of an illegal rave, somewhere in the deep amazon forest. After the success of his first solo 45, Alex Figueira comes back to the aesthetics of the early Fumaça Preta, with an utterly bonkers 45 that can only be described as an "in-your-face acid macumba techno breakbeat funk freakout".

The flip side contains a haunting Psychedelic ballad, with the sweet vocals of Maddie Ruthless, from NY's leading Lovers Reggae sensation, The Far East. Equally trippy and beautiful, the soothing sounds of the Wurlitzer piano and the electric sitar will be bouncing in your head for hours after first listen. The kind of song that finds collectors dropping eye-popping sums, decades after the original release. Guarantee your retirement now by getting a few copies! The song "Maracas" is the main theme of the movie "Maracas, tambourines and other hellish things" directed by fellow record nerds Matteo Fava and Dave Potsma. They managed to convince Figueira to play the main character, and later on, to do the complete music score. The movie tells the story of a struggling underground musician / part time record store clerk, whose music career is basically going nowhere until an improbable encounter gives his life a dramatic turn. They asked Figueira to give them something with "a fresh tropicalized take on Blacksploitation". One might argue, after listening to the insanity carved on the grooves of this piece of vinyl, that he certainly did deliver.

The characteristic mix of synthesizers and heavy percussion used by Figueira in almost all his projects, gains here a somewhat freer dimension, embracing the chaos openly, without ever neglecting the groove, nor the ancestry axis. Values that are at the core of the label. Even while laying down all the instruments himself, Figueira has managed to capture the same out of control tropical psychedelic spirit of his former band, Fumaça Preta. Fans of the group's outfit will certainly be rejoiced by this new release.