Review: Pedro Zopelar, a DJ/producer from Sao Paulo with three albums under his belt, comes to Brazilian label Selva Discos with a very eclectic six-tracker. Opener 'Livre' is one-part space disco to two-parts laidback, lounge-y jazz-funk; 'Be Together' is a more straight-up disco number underpinned by a fat, squelchy bassline, before mellow funk interlude 'Modo Avaio' cleanses the palate for the unusual NJ-garage-meets-electro vibes of 'NOX'. None of that prepares you for the arrhythmic, experimental drum n' synth concoction that is 'Dias Tensos', but we end up back in more familiar territory with 'Boogie Da Paz', an instrumental cut that blends 80s soul, boogie and jazz-funk influences.
Zopelar - "The Waiting" (Davis edit) - (5:46) 123 BPM
Zopelar & RHr. - "Acid Republic" - (6:54) 130 BPM
Zopelar - "Esquina" - (5:13) 124 BPM
Arica - "Along The Path" - (5:02) 150 BPM
Continuous Mix By Zopelar - (1:01:33) 125 BPM
Review: Following on from a series of EPs, Brazilian label In Their Feelings unveils this ambitious compilation project, featuring some of the country's most promising electronic music producers. Sphynx. who debuted on the label last year, delivers the laid-back melodic title track, while on "M1 Riff", Davis, another close label affiliate, drops a stuttering, acid-soaked break beat workout. A spaced out sensibility underpins Mari Herzer's languid "Narcosis", while on Vermelho's "Toy Boxx", there is a similar aesthetic, this time with wide-eyed synths and bleeps playing out against the back drop of a jacking Chicago track. There is also a tougher edge to In Their Feelings' sound - displayed mainly on Zopelar's gritty contributions - but in the main this is a colourful, flamboyant take on electronic music.
Review: Part of the Muting the Noise collective, Brazilian producer Zopelar delivers a diverse but accomplished release to kick start this new label. The title track is led by hissing percussion and rolling, dry drums, sounding similar to the early-00s classic Basscharger by Masa - until Zopelar drops distorted tones. In contrast, both "Bibing" and "Bonanza" are beautiful deep house arrangements, shot through with flowing piano keys and warbling but mellow acid lines. He rounds off the release with another stylistic shift; "Piramidal" is a rough, stepping affair. Once again, the 303 is present but this time it is coarse and visceral, clashing with Zopelar's heavy drums for attention.