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Sexual Life Of…, the [coll] – [Soul Jazz Records]

Max Level   1/25/2006   12-inch, A Library

A double-LP overview of the 1980’s underground music scene in Sao Paulo, Brasil. A dozen bands, some of them sharing members, represent here. Overall it was not unlike the scene Soul Jazz documented on the New York Noise collection that featured Material, Defunkt, the Dance, etc. So there’s a lot of that ’80s NYC punk-funk sound, with crunchy guitar chords and bass players poppin’ it right up front. We also hear frantic guitar rock with yelled vocals, spooky art-sambas, and synth-pop that would probably appeal to OMD fans. I like the two tracks by Patife, energetic hybrids of punk, jazz, surf, and, I don’t know, maybe ska or something. One of the tracks by Fellini starts unpromisingly with animal noises, but then drops into a sexy groove and is one of my favorite tracks. It’s always cool to discover previously overlooked pockets of musical activities. Soul Jazz does a nice job with this one.

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