There is a whole lot of focus on Brazil right now. The ongoing FIFA World Cup is one of the best of all time and the 2016 Olympics are fast approaching. It's not all about sporting events either. We have been hyping the clubs, artists and festivals in South America's biggest country for years.
And the Brazilian superclubs are serious contenders in our annual Top 100 Clubs poll - Green Valley even bagged the No.1 spot in 2013! But they also have a wealth of hot artists, making names for themselves on the international stage. The five tracks below demonstrate how exciting it is to be a Brazilian dance music fan, right now. Enjoy!
DIGITARIA 'MYSTIC FLOW'
Digitaria are a duo from Belo Horizonte, where since 2004 they have been crafting deep electro and house music for the likes of DJ Hell's Gigolo Recordings and more recently on Jamie Jones' Hot Creations label. Hold tight for an album dropping there in about three weeks time.
'Wish' was a summer smash in 2013, and found its way into the boxes of discerning DJs from across the house and techno spectrum. It is the oldest material in this list by some way but deserves its place for its sheer brilliance. The Brazilian duo have since released an album on Gui Boratto's D.O.C. label and have won big plaudits from the big man himself; “They just sound different and beautiful. Real musicians,” he opined, recently.
RENATO RATIER 'LOVE ME TOKYO'
The opening track on his slick debut album 'Black Belt' which came out on D-Edge Recordings (home label of the Sao Paulo nightclub, where Ratier is resident) is a sultry deep tech groover; a perfect atmospheric opener to an incredibly polished LP.
GUI BORATTO FEAT COME & HELL 'TAKE CONTROL
After something of a hiatus, one of our favourite Brazilian artists, Gui Boratto returned last month an accessible, summery single that boasts a husky, half-whispered female vocal, and some excellent remixes courtesy of Argentinian duo DJs Pareja, US dude Danny Daze and Amsterdammers Weval.
FEELGUK 'CAN YOU FEEL IT
Something a little harder to show that Brazilian artists are not all on a deep and tech tip. This electro floorfiller from major-label backed Feelguk has been rinsed on the EDM festival circuit all summer. It will only take you one listen to realise why!
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