Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, has just announced details of his special Brazil-themed compilation album — 'Bem Brazil'. The comp features a wealth of Fatboy's international DJ associates and is designed to soundtrack this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Some of the new tracks on the comp are built around samples from classic Brazilian music, so DJ Fresh is contributing a new take on the Sergio Mendes's samba-happy anthem 'Magdalena'.
Big Brazilian electro-house duo Felguk, meanwhile, are reworking Jorge Ben Jor's 'Taj Mahal', and tracks by Cal Cox, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Gregor Salto and Joey Negro also take inspiration from Brazilian music.
Eats Everything, Claude VonStroke, Psychemagik and other surprise guests also appear on the comp with new and original tracks.
Fatboy Slim, of course, is a bit of a football nut. In 2002 he arranged a DJ tour of Japan and Korea to coincide with England's games at that year's World Cup, taking DJs Jon Carter and Midfield General, aka Damian Harris from Skint, with him. With Football Association (FA) approval, he repeated the process in Portugal for Euro 2004, and then again in South Africa for the World Cup in 2010. It's expected that he'll tour Brazil again this summer at World Cup time, too — he's currently out in Brazil on a pre-World Cup six-date reconnaissance tour, timed to coincide with Carnival-time.
After Fatboy's infamous Brighton Beach extravaganza of 2002, the DVD of the event became hugely popular in Brazil, and when Norman fell in love with the country he repeated the huge free beach event in Rio in 2007. It's currently his favourite country to DJ in, probably.
“Given my love of Brasilian music, parties and football it is no surprise that with the World Cup happening this year, I want to share that love by providing a soundtrack for the summer, based on Brasilian music,” Fatboy said.
'Bem Brasil' is released at the end of May. Watch the teaser here:
And here is another chance to watch the DJ Mag Game Changer mini-doc on the making of Fatboy's classic track, 'Praise You':
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