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Kassin+2 Futurism

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

It can't be easy competing with the adored baile funk of Rio. But in the final installment of Moreno Veloso, Domenico Lancelotti, and Alexandre Kassin's +2 trilogy, these Brazilians don't seem to be too worried about appeasing hipsters. This album, directed by vocalist/bassist Kassin, is actually rooted in the traditional sounds of Brazil with only a hint of modernism added to the mix. Songs like the subtle bossa nova-styled opener "Tranqüilo" or the past-meets-present number "Samba Machine" offer a fascinating look into the rich sonic soul of Rio.

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