W/ DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE, UPROOT ANDY, GEKO JONES
September 30th, 10:00pm
CLUB ATLAS: WORLD TOUR
Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Boston, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, and more
ATLAS Out Now via Enchufada
Order Atlas on iTunes
“The song serves as ode to the lively rhythms of Suriname with a splash of South African afro-house that fully exemplifies Global Club Music’s hybrid nature.” -Hypetrak “On Top”
“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”
Coinciding with the release of Branko’s debut solo album, Atlas, the globetrotting DJ will be hitting the road again to bring his club sound to cities in the Americas and Europe. Kicking off Saturday, September 5th at São Paulo’s Bar Secreto, the Club Atlas tour will see Branko making his way to 12 cities in 13 days, with more dates still yet to be announced. The tour marks the producer, DJ, and Buraka Som Sistema co-founder’s first North American tour, making stops in Boston, Austin, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Taking over New York’s Brooklyn hotspot Output on September 30th, Branko is gearing up for a special Enchufada x Que Bajo label night that will also feature Dengue Dengue Dengue, Uproot Andy, and Gecko Jones.
Leading up to the release of Atlas on September 4th via Branko’s Lisbon based imprint Enchufada, fans were able to join Branko on the road via his link up with Red Bull Music Academy for the documentary series Atlas Unfolded. The web series is the visual documentation of Branko’s five-part journey to Cape Town (South Africa), New York (USA), São Paulo (Brazil), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Lisbon (Portugal), where he worked with 20+ of his favorite up-and-coming artists including Mr.Carmack, MC Bin Laden, Princess Nokia, Major Lazer’s Jillionaire, and many more, while taking in local inspiration. Watch the full web-series on daily.redbullmusicacademy.com.
Watch Episode 1: Amsterdam
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Photo Credit: João Retorta
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.