Releases Off-Album Track In Preparation For Debut LP, Atlas:
Feat. MC Bin Laden & Marginal Men
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Atlas Out September 4th via Enchufada
“Branko’s “Take Off” makes me want to take off into the concrete jungle. Why? Because the production is twisted, twinkling, dark, and makes me want to move around in stealth.”
–Noisey on “Take Off”
“Not so long ago, Buraka Som Sistema member Branko told The FADER, “Personally I think zouk and kizomba could really add a new direction to R&B and take it back to the roots in a really creative way.” As part of the recording process for his new album ATLAS, the Portuguese producer found himself in Cape Town with singer Nonku Phiri and L.A. beatmaker Mr. Carmack testing out exactly that theory; and the result is the super smooth ‘Let Me Go.’
–The FADER on “Let Me Go”
“the song is subtly engaging in a way that makes it seem like a hypnotizingly expansive work.”
-Okayafrica on “Eventually”
Since debuting the first track off forthcoming debut LP, Atlas, Red Bull Music Academy alumnus and Buraka Som Sistema co-founder, Branko, is ready to give us another glimpse into his expansive globetrotting adventure. The Enchufada head honcho hit the road on a journey that took him across 3 continents to collaborate with more than 20 artists at the Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam, Cape Town, New York, Lisbon and finally São Paulo, which is where he met baile funk superstar MC Bin Laden and dynamic duo Marginal Men. Following the example set by baile funk channels like KL Produtora and Detona Funk, Branko decided to give away the resulting track “Louca” (feat. MC Bin Laden & Marginal Men) as a free download instead of including it on the final album tracklist, creating a shortcut between his Ableton Live session and everyone’s digital DJ bags.
“Artists like MC Bin Laden and Marginal Men were the main reason why I chose to go work in São Paulo,” explains Branko, who promptly reveals his excitement with what he calls “Baile Funk 2.0,” a fresh take on the genre that’s moving away from the classic tamborzão loop and introducing UK Funky snares, 808 kick drums and even a grime vibe, in a very minimalistic yet dynamic style. Branko’s renewed interest in the genre was fueled by this introduction of different influences into the scene, which happened mainly because “funk is now being produced all over Brazil, losing that initial Rio identity and crossing over to all sorts of different cities”, he concludes.
Photo Credit: João Retorta
If you’re already into the current baile funk scene then “Louca’s” minimal, hypnotic and futuristic beat will definitely sound familiar, as all manner of crazy bleeps and synths get warped around those recognizable drum patterns that are reigniting worldwide dancefloors. As the baile funk craze is back in full swing with a new wave of MCs and producers becoming overnight Youtube stars on the strength of their captivating hooks and instantly memorable beats, Branko captured the city’s undeniable energy and took it one step further to once again deliver some of the Global Club Music scene’s wildest dancefloor tracks.If “Louca” has kicked your sonic wanderlust into overdrive, check out the rest of the world insprired Atlas LP. The first taste of his exciting new project came with debut track “Eventually” (feat. Alex Rita & Bison) followed by “Let Me Go” (feat. Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack), a track Hillydilly claims “has enough sleek vibes and island flavor to get anyone hooked on it.” The veteran producer then gave us a taste of the streets of New York City with album cut “Take Off,” where he teamed up with buzzy underground rhymesayer Princess Nokia.
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João Barbosa AKA Branko first became known on the International scene as the driving creative force in Buraka som Sistema, the worldwide phenomenon whose releases helped create a new attitude towards global sounds. The seminal collective is responsible for reshaping dance music culture and spawning a myriad of sub-genres that shaped the Global Club Music scene and were championed by the producer’s label Enchufada.
Branko’s solo work has included several singles, a mixtape and an EP, featuring collaborations with Zebra Katz, Roses Gabor, Dominique Young Unique and Njena Redfoxx, but 2015 sees him taking on his most ambitious project to date. Challenging the notion that “everything has already been discovered,” Branko is embarking, in partnership with Red Bull, on a musical journey across the globe, diving into some of the most vibrant music scenes today to meet and work with a new generation of artists.Traveling with a film crew he will visit Capetown, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, and New York before finally returning to Lisbon, taking in the local sights and sounds and heading in to the studio to work with local artists.
The end result will be his debut full-length album, ATLAS, and a 5 episode Web Series featuring his travels. Viewers and listeners will be exposed to a whole new wave of crucial artists who are creating today’s most innovative music.