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Man 071 V.A. “Daniel Haaksman Presents Tecno Brega”

Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Man 071 V.A. "Daniel Haaksman Presents Tecno Brega"

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Tecno Brega is Portuguese for “cheesy techno” and it’s the sound of the Amazon finally getting its hands on cheap technology. Cheesy by name and cheesy by nature this is the sound of a simple preset drum pattern and mid to high range synth lines being pushed to the max. Brega can be seen as a further example of the musical possibilities emerging from the world’s developing areas, yet another third world peripheral music that is based on a rigid but at the same time ever-evolving structure. This is no underground phenomenon, it is popular music, reviled by the urbane sophisticates but designed to appeal to and move the maximum number of Saturday-night revellers.

“Daniel Haaksman Presents Tecno Brega” gives a thorough overview of what is happening to Tecno Brega at the moment, in Pará, Brazil and the rest of the world by including a range of the most cutting edge producers and artists working within this genre. The compilation kicks off with three heavyweight names together, Man’s own genius of mash-up João Brasil teaming up with ex-Bonde de Rolê Marina Gasolina and remixed by DJ Cremoso, a recent new kid on the block whose remixes have been shaking up the genre with his indie crossovers. Banda Uó have two tracks on the compilation, their namesake track showing off their signature style, while “Chorei” seems to be their attempt to get a song played on the Novella (soap opera) at nine o’clock, a sure-fire way to have a hit in Brazil. This strategy seems to have worked for Gaby Amarantos, now a household name in Brazil, who turns up here for the tasteful “Aguas de Março”, again with Man’s own João Brasil.

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WALDO SQUASH

Banda Uó’s producer, DJ Gorky, this time working with Bonde de Rolê, turns out the joyous and uplifting remix of Major Lazer’s “Get Free”, Gorky again showing why he is the man most likely to move Brazil’s music scene forward with a stunning remix of an already great track (the track is only available in the Germany/Austria/Switzerland edition of the compilation) . No Brega compilation would be complete without contributions from Pará’s own DJ Waldo Squash, here weighing in with two contributions as well as his work with Gang do Eletro. Squash’s signature sound of wailing synths and juddering stop/starts are an important contribution to the development of Brega, and key track “Bass Melody” is a lesson in short sharp minimalism. Elsewhere on the compilation you can find him inventively adapting anything from Kraftwerk to “Popcorn”.

The João Brasil remix of Daniel Haaksman’s own “Kid Conga”is the track that introduced Brega to Europe and deserves inclusion for it’s pioneering spirit and for demonstrating the blueprint synth sounds and drum pattern. Elsewhere Edu K’s remix of charque’s version of “Money” is channelling Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Belgium techno, Pink Floyd have never sounded so good (and let’s face it, energetic), there’s life in the old dogs yet! Part of the new generation coming out of Belém, Felipe Cordeiro offers up the kitsch but charming “Fim de Festa” a track that nicely encapsulates that melancholy feeling at the end of the party, where the punters are leaving and there’s a few stragglers on the dancefloor, a great example of the traditional meeting the new.

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FELIPE CORDEIRO

The disc finishes with compiler Haaksman’s own take on Brega with the aptly named “Berlin Brega”, for where else would a strangely kitsch sound from the most northern region of Brazil be adopted and accepted with such loving care.

TRACKLIST

1. JOÃO BRASIL FEAT. MARINA „BREGA DO IPHONE“ (DJ CREMOSO REMIX)
2. BANDA UÓ „FAZ UÓ“
3. MAJOR LAZER FT. AMBER COFFMEN „GET FREE“ ( BONDE DO ROLÊ REMIX)
4. DJ WALDO SQUASH „MELO DO DEDO“
5. GANG DO ELETRO „PITH BULL“
6. CHARQUE „MONEY“ (EDU K REMIX)
7. JOÃO BRASIL „METAL BREGA“
8. DANIEL HAAKSMAN FEAT. MC MILTINHO „KID CONGA – JOÃO BRASIL REMIX“
9. GANG DO ELETRO „DIABINHOS DIGITAIS“
10. DJ WALDO SQUASH „BASSMELODY“
11. CROOKERS FEAT. MC DANDÃO „SOCA ALI BABA – JOÃO BRASIL REMIX“
12. FELIPE CORDEIRO „FIMDEFESTA“
13. BANDA UÓ „CHOREI“
14. JOÃO BRASIL FEAT.GABY AMARANTOS „AGUASDEMARÇO“
15. DANIELHAAKSMAN „BERLIN BREGA“

DJ Feedback:

Big Dope P: This compilation is the best release i heard in 2012… This is for that kind of stuff Man Recordings is the best european record label to me. Much love and respect and thanks for making people discover new music. in an era owhen the music is consumned very fast projects like that you can listen to for months is a real breathe !”

WayneAndWax: “Great collection of cutting edge brega sounds. The tracks really pop, with sawtooth synths and rough raps cutting right through the cheese. Tecno brega still awaits its international moment, and this comp might give it just the opening (into DJs’ sets) it needs.”

Untold: “Lots of fun! Thanks for the introduction to this music!”
Sinden: “Love this, It´s so unique!”
Schlachthofbronx: “Dant decide which we like the most, probably Banda Uó. Really good stuff! Great comp!”
So Shifty: “Silly, yet hot shit!”
Toy Selectah: “Good! It’s been a while for TECNO BREGA , great that finally a comp that appeals to worldwide audience! ”
Edu K: “WOW! SICK! Congrats, Haaksman: YOU DID IT AGAIN! <3” Wildlife!: "Super fresh!" Mumdance: "This looks great, Bigup Daniel as always for shining a light on the stuff that needs to be seen :)” Acid Washed: "Big! Thanks" Mumdance: "Starting to build my own aparelhagen to play this entire compilation at my next gig!" DJ Dolores: "Finally, Tecno Brega!" DJ Rob 3: "Me gusta muchisimo" Chong X: "Next level!" DJ Passion: "Love It!" Listen to the 15 min megamix of the compilation here:

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MAJOR LAZER – ORIGINGAL DON (BERT ON BEATS DON DADA BOOTLEG REMIX)

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
MAJOR LAZER - ORIGINGAL DON (BERT ON BEATS DON DADA BOOTLEG REMIX)

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Grab this hot hot bootleg mix by Bert On Beats for Major Lazer!

MajorLazer – Original Don (Bert On Beats don dada bootleg) by Bert On Beats

DJ Cremoso – pon de floor

Monday, July 19th, 2010
DJ Cremoso - pon de floor

I do like this tecnobrega version of Major Lazer’s “Pon de Floor”. If you go to Cremoso’s soundcloud page you can find a lot more of his tecnobrega mixes including quite a strange one of the delightful “Shelter” by the XX. Exactly who Cremoso is, is a mystery as he doesn’t want to reveal himself but it has been speculated that due to his more indie bent he is an example of the middle classes adapting the periferia tecnobrega sound, or it could be just a joke to annnoy purists (either tecnobrega or indie-rock!!). Vladimir Cunha, director of “Brega S/A”, has talked of attempts at a tecnobrega Cansei de Ser Sexy being formed, so who knows where this will lead?

Pon De Floor (Dj Cremoso Remix) by Dj Cremoso

MAJOR LAZER JUMP UP (GENGHIS CLAN REMIX)

Monday, January 11th, 2010
MAJOR LAZER JUMP UP (GENGHIS CLAN REMIX)

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The mysterious Genghis Clan, one of our top selling artists of 2009, has post his re-interpretation of Major Lazer´s “Jump Up” on his Soundcloud page for y´all to play out and download.

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HAAKSMAN MEETS DIPLO

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
HAAKSMAN MEETS DIPLO

I recently met Diplo in Berlin, while he was promoting his “Major Lazer” album for German media. German club culture magazine “Groove” features a full page on our meeting in their “Nimm Zwei” (“Take Two”) series. Here´s the translation:

Not far from the ambassador´s quarter in Berlin, two music ambassadors meet to exchange news and music. Names like Schlachthof Bronx or Justin Martin start to fly as Wesley Pentz, a.k.a. Diplo, 29, meets his colleague Daniel Haaksman, 40, boss of Man Recordings, to talk about the current state of Germany´s music scene. Satisfied, both conclude that the children of Kraftwerk open up their ears – and sample banks – to phenomenons such as Kuduro, Cumbia to Funk (Rio) to Funky (London). Haaksman lives in Berlin, Diplo is in town to talk about “Guns Dont´t Kill People, Lazers Do”, which he co-produced together with Switch.

Interview by Eric Mandel

Daniel, four years ago you invited Diplo to play at Berlin´s 103 club, and only a dozen people showed up. How would that be today?

DIPLO: Our small scene doesnt get much press. We are pretty much invisible, coz loads of things are based on file sharing. Daniel is here in Berlin, in England there´s Mumdance or Jammer, Crookers in Italy, Al-Haca in austria. We all do pretty much the same, an eclectic sound, we´ll never fit into one box. So we stay in contact, share music and support each other. The dub step guys don´t like Rusko and the old techno heads hate Crookers, because their tracks don´t peak after five minutes but after 45 seconds, haha. We are all pretty much fans of each other.

HAAKSMAN And this has reached a critical mass now. 2006 you could count the people involved in this scene on one hand. Now you have Crookers topping the pop charts worldwide, M.I.A. broke with “Paper Planes” and a new generation of club kids was raised on a sound that gives you an alternative to the ubiquious sound of house and techno played all night long. Those kids have an eclectic music taste, and this includes everything from rock, cumbia, reggaeton, ghettotec, whatever. Many of the elements that are relevant in techno – sound engineering, technology, long blends in mixing – are not relevant in this music. The idea of an spiritual expierence or states of trance on the dancefloor are not important for our audience, it´s all about pure energy. Styles like kuduro or baile funk inspired people like us with new ideas. Thus we became ambassadors which bring people from Brasil or Angola over here and put those people into contexts both in production and labels.

DIPLO It´s necessary, otherwise it´s just world music for older intellectuals. But it´s both ways: DJ Znobia from Angola recently sampled Switch. DJ Sandrinho samples Baltimore beats for his baile funk parties in Rio.

HAAAKSMAN Earlier, there was only very little musical exchange between Angola and BRasil. Now you have the anthem of Flamengo as a Kuduro remix from Angola. People can jump the artificial barriers today that the old media structures, the major labels or media company used to rule. Today, people can directly exchange ideas and music, and it´s all thanks to the internet.

DIPLO It´s kind of weird for me to see that Berlin is only getting it now, as Berlin is considered to be Electro-City. When I grew up in Miami I had this 2 Live Crew record, there was this track called “We Want Some Pussy (Live In Berlin)”, and it sounded as if they were playing in front of 20.000 people. I thought they were the biggest thing in Germany. I mean you guys had Kraftwerk, they invented the damn beat!

HAAKSMAN Yes, but here it went completely different ways. When Bambaataa used “Trans Europe Express” he created the electronic version of afro-american funk. In the U.S. this led to both Detroit techno and Miami bass. Electronic dance music in Germany wasnt very much influenced by “Planet Rock”, only when later, in it´s bastard child versions of Detroit techno or Chicago house. In Germany in contrary, e.g. DAF, was pretty straight and totally “white”. This preference has remained until today in large parts of the German dance music scene. There´s a few islands across Germany which follow afro-american music innovations, but the majority is completely self-centered. All the afro-american music innovations of recent years – bmore, chicago juke, etc. – werent registred over here. The same is for bubbling from Holland, which comes from a very vibrant black community.
DIPLO It´s great to mix with hard stuff, but by now it has become a no-word because for many years it has become really trendy. It´s a mix of Caribbean reggae and Dutch house, right in the middle.

You two have an ear for regional phenomenons. What is on your radar these days?

HAAKSMAN There´s hundreds of local dance music styles that are still to discovered. Tecno brega from Manaus for example. I´m currently into UK funky. Many of the UK funky guys come from Grime and they were fed of the clicheed strings and MCs. It´s sort of the UK answer to the breakbeat thunderstorm which poured over UK in recent years in forms of Kuduro, Soca, Baile Funk, Juke and Bmore.

DIPLO They want money, hehe! To be honest, I like UK funky, some of the instrumentals are great, like K.I.G.´s “Head, Shoulders, Kneez & Toez” has a good flow. But the majority of tracks sound to me like a cheap version of Bugz In The Attic. And when there´s “African” vocals, like (singing) “I play my conga”, then it sounds like the stuff my mother listens to when she visits a world music club night. At the same time it´s a mixed scene, with black and white kids, and that´s cool with me.

Read the original interview in German in Groove Magazine #119. Out now.