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Daniel Haaksman Presents Funk Mundial

  • Words: Matt Earp
  • Label: Man
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

No one flips beats like baile funk producers, no one spits crazy rhymes like Brazilian MCs, and no one curates a compilation better than Daniel Haaksman. A key figure in introducing the world outside of Brazil to the sound of baile funk, the Man Recordings boss has collected an A-list of international remixers (Crookers, Jesse Rose, Frikstailers, Stereotyp, and DJ C, among many others) and given them each a shot at reinterpreting the funk sound. The Feadz remix of “Subeu Desceu,” featuring the eight-year-old MC Wes, is a standout with its collage aesthetic, as is The Count and Sinden’s bassline rave-up “Tamborzuda” with MC Thiaguinho, and Haaksman’s own “Who’s Afraid of Rio” with MC Jennifer. The beats range from shuffle-slink to peak-hour madness, and Haaksman earns major bonus points for steering the selection away from the scene’s squeakier, shoutier vocalists.

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