When I made the decision to create a website to document the Borderless Grooves output I wasn’t sure I was going to include articles on releases but, I have decided that this was thinking of the silly kind. The change in reasoning is down to a new release coming from Sounds And Colours – ‘Hidden Waters: Strange and Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro.’ Compiled by Joey Osborne and Russ Slater who have, like always, very much stepped up to the plate with this pending release. The Borderless Grooves project jumps on the back of the work of people like Joey and Russ. Those willing to do the hard, brutal work of putting compilations together so that music and cultures can live on and be pushed into global eyesight. I don’t need to stress the importance of documenting culture further.
The album’s vinyl pressing is currently being campaigned for through bandcamp’s new pressing service, which means it will only happen if enough people pledge to buy the record. SO GO SUPPORT THE PROJECT. It was only after speaking with Joey and realising without support this project may not reach that amazing place of immortalising itself into culture with something physical, that I realised how silly I have been since launching this website. There are so many projects, compilations and releases that don’t make it to the real world because they simply cannot afford to be made or don’t get the right support. When in a place to support, you should. So, I will. Below is all the information you need to go support this amazing compilation. I will also be releasing an interview with Joey later on in the week for your listening pleasure.
HIDDEN WATERS STRANGE & SUBLIME SOUNDS OF RIO DE JANEIRO
Over four sides of vinyl, Hidden Waters: Strange & Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro charts a surge of creativity and camaraderie born from Rio’s underground that’s now firmly making its way into the national consciousness. This 23-track compilation documents a landmark moment in popular Brazilian music, deep-diving into a wellspring of vibrant and vanguard sounds. Spotlighting the last decade’s most defining releases, as well as giving a platform to upcoming artists, unreleased material and left-field experimentation, the compilation collects and canonises a vital pool of talent which is reshaping the sound of Brazilian music.
Hidden Waters features such musicians as seminal scene mainstays Negro Leo, Ava Rocha and Kassin, Brazilian jazz upstart Antônio Neves, critically-lauded avant-pop trailblazer Thiago Nassif, breakthrough artists Ana Frango Elétrico and Letrux, lo-fi psych rocker Lê Almeida, and sonic explorer Cadú Tenorio, as well as revelatory new voices Raquel Dimantas and ROSABEGE, among many others.
The music on Hidden Waters is unequivocally Brazilian, swelling with samba, bossa nova, funk and jazz. But it’s the album’s blend – from sunny psychedelia to dusky synth pop, via experimental electronics and euphoric disco – that marks the compilation as the sound of modern, multicultural Rio. Fans of Brazil’s fertile sixties and seventies will spot the antecedents in Tropicália. Not only in the experimentation but also through the music’s similar political context: back then it was Brazil’s military dictatorship, now it’s Bolsonaro’s censorious premiership. This is a group of musicians writing a colourful chapter within Brazil’s musical history.
This comprehensive compilation comes with album artwork designed by Rio music’s leading album artwork designer, Caio Paiva. It features essays by professor and music critic Bernardo Oliveira and music journalist Leonardo Lichote, plus extensive notes on each track by the artists themselves.
Hidden Waters: Strange & Sublime Sounds of Rio de Janeiro will be released by Sounds and Colours