Various - Defected In The House: Brazil '11, mixed by Sandy Rivera & DJ Meme
Thu 27th Jan, 2011 Music Reviewsin
Long a label renowned for its ability to uncover and champion the next global house hot-spots and producers, London’s Defected Records follow recent well-received In The House stops in Singapore, Miami, Goa and Bali with a sojourn in South America’s jewel, Brazil.
They’ve made a good choice, for Brazil is on the up, not just musically but culturally and economically too. It’s now the world’s eighth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and far-reaching reforms first launched by just-retired President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – and to be continued by new President Dilma Rousseff – have raised living standards, opened the country up to foreign investment and succeeded in lifting the country’s international stature. The 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup are beckoning and as the country prepares to open itself up to the world, its local club scene is similarly developing at a rapid rate.
The burgeoning Rio Music Conference has in just a few years cemented itself as South America’s premier dance music event, and with the rise of a new, increasingly knowledgeable middle class keen to spend their cash in the clubs of Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte, Rio and beyond, it’s little wonder Defected have chosen to go In The House in Brazil, a country synonymous with music and partying.
Enlisting Brazil’s own DJ Meme and Blackwiz chief Sandy Rivera to compile and mix a disc each, DITH Brazil is another fine addition to the classic series. Rivera, whose impressive discography includes such classics as Kings Of Tomorrow’s Finally and Changes, impresses with a selection of upfront cuts mixed with some gems of yesterday. His mix on Disc One starts off nice and smooth courtesy of his brand new production – Take Me Back – featuring the vocals of April. Before long, we’re transported into the sweaty clubs of Brazil courtesy of Simon Mattson’s Downforce, which with its tribal drums belies the fact this young producer hails from Poland; go figure.
Timo Maas’s Lady Luck (City Lights) – here given the remix treatment by Solee – takes things on a darker slide before one of Defected’s latest singles – Chiuso by Laidback Luke’s Nouveau Yorican side-project – ups the tempo. Rivera then drops a few of his own cuts; his rework of the classic Hide U featuring Rae, his collaboration with Virus J on Put Your Hands Up and then a new East & Young remix of Finally. Any remix of the original Finally is a poor mix in my opinion, but the mere fact the vocal is intact promises a hands-in-the-air moment.
Rivera’s remix of Quentin Harris and Ultra Nate’s Give It To You continues before Nic Fanciulli’s remix of Lusine‘s Two Dots begins a wicked end to disc one, starting with arguably the track of the compilation, the Warehouse Dub of Copyright’s Nobody. This is peak-time house at its finest, and no doubt the Copyright duo would’ve rocked it during their recent three-date tour of Brazil. Tom Middleton’s Cicadas keeps the energy high with its tribal feel before D-Rashid and Lex Empress leave us in no doubt where we are with their Samba-influenced O Verão, here remixed by Nick and Danny Chatelain.
If Rivera’s mix makes you dance, Meme’s mix is sure to make you dance with a dirty great big smile on your face. He’s long been compared to the likes of Dimitri From Paris or even Dave Lee for his love of disco samples, edits and rolling basslines and alongside Gui Boratto is perhaps Brazil’s finest electronic music export. His is a typically discofied mix with a few bangers thrown in for good measure.
Frankie Knuckles & The Shapeshifters’ The Ones You Love starts proceedings before the whirling piano loop of Joey Negro’s Z Factor gem Piano Principle mixes through. Scientific Soul’s remix of Sergio Flores’ Give It Back and The Jinks’ remix of Havana Funk’s All About You follow before DJ Fopp’s Discofied Funk washes over you like so much fine Brazilian Skol; up-beat, positive house, no more, no less.
Swing City’s big man Grant Nelson keeps it coming with his remix of Studio Apartment’s Brand New Start, and this is fucking brilliant. A sax-drenched, positive vocal courtesy of Miho Fukuhara makes this a standout track, but Meme is not finished there. No, he’s just about to drop his Dub Mix of Loui & Scibi’s This Is How We Do It, a beautiful track that had me thinking of Julian Jabre’s Swimming Places on account of its keys and happy vibe. The vocals don’t lie: ‘This is how we do it, and this is true’.
Matos’ mix of Copyright’s He Is delivers a brief detour before Fabio Bacchini’s Funk Is The Message continues the funk and disco flavour. Meme then finishes off in fine style with his remix of Fish Go Deep’s Cure & The Cause, The Boss’ Congo, DJ Chus & Supernova’s Carnavalesco and Sergio Flores’ mix of Hanna Haїs’ Rosa Nova.
Finally, the drums have stopped, the beat ends and another Defected In The House installment closes to, I would assume, rapturous applause. Open that bottle of Cachaça, pound those limes, mix that Caipirinha and get ready to get down, for this is a fantastic release sure to heat up dancefloors throughout 2011. Four-and-a-half stars.
Defected In The House Brazil ‘11 is out 31January through Defected Records.