Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa ‎– Viajando Com O Som

I’m not sure why I have been under the impression that Far Out Recordings had been on a hiatus for some time (they weren’t!) They certainly released a lot more music that ended up on my radar in recent months and it often felt like in the “good old days”, when they married love for Brazilian music with fresh producers like Henry Wu or Tenderlonious.

Anyway, the London-based label crowns its decade-long success with their 200th release, a long-lost album by one of Brazil’s finest, the living legend of Hermeto Pascoal, who was once described by Miles Davis as “the most impressive musician in the world.”

Recorded in just two days in 1976, at Rogério Duprat’s Vice Versa Studios, São Paulo, the sessions featured Hermeto’s go-to ‘Paulista’ rhythm section: Zé Eduardo Nazario (drums), Zeca Assumpção (bass) and Lelo Nazario (electric piano), as well as saxophonists Mauro Senise, Raul Mascarenhas and Nivaldo Ornerlas, guitarist Toninho Horta and vocalist Aleuda Chaves. Hermeto decided he would record with this particular group following a show at Teatro Bandeirantes, during which an almost spiritual musical connection amongst the group was realised.

“Viajando Com O Som” is available today on vinyl, CD and digital and can be purchased an the Far Out Bandcamp store and all good record stores. And if you’re in London and wondered what to do tonight, why not check out the release party at TRC.

it’s been ________ lately.

Only a few days after we repressed a series of oopsie daisies and various other flora, (please check it out!), Auckland’s Christoph El Truento has released a new mixtape on his Bandcamp store. Titled it’s been ________ lately, you can stream the 25 beats in full or buy them for only about $4. Don’t sleep!

Thundercat – Show You The Way

My first reaction when I saw the cover artwork of the forthcoming Thundercat album was this: This is madness! It wasn’t my intention to quote lines from Frank Miller, but the express joy at its most extreme. If this new record is half as mad, as in genius, as that look on Stephen Bruner’s face, he will easily surpass all the expectations one could have for that record. The list of collaborators seem to confirm we’re on the right track: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Kenny Loggins. That’s right, Kenny Loggins!

Titled “Drunk”, the new album will hit stores on February 24th, accompanied by an extended world tour. Pre-order here!