- 01 – A Bruxa
- 02 – Loco
What would happen if one put together a Brazilian legend in the same room along with members of the funkiest band in the UK and a Portuguese-Venezuelan producer? The outcome is here. It is real. Tangible. Joel Stone, the boss of Tropicalia in Furs, joined Stuart Carter & James Porch from The Grits at our Barracão Studio for a recording session hosted by our own and yours truly Alex Figueira. Without ever having played together under the same roof, these four possessed-beings embarked on a journey of psychosis, macumba and boundary-pushing. The result is the grooviest, wildest, fuzziest sound you’ll ever hear. Paying tribute to Tropicalia in Furs’ latest release Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas (with a movie debut to come), Fumaça Preta is the ultimate effort in trying to recover that almost-lost-but-still-out-there Brazilian Psychedelic ambience from the 70s.
The A side is a depraved, mentally-sick and deranged version of the old Sonic’s classic “The Witch”. Tape echo, saturated drums, fuzz guitars and Brazilian lyrics scream at you to the grooviest beat around. B side is an original track that was written, rehearsed and recorded in the same afternoon. “Loco” is an ode to insanity where elements of Dub, Funk, Samba,and Analog Electronics are solidly blended under an aura of improvisation that only courageous and unhinged musicians would attempt. A limited edition of only 600 copies is available on Music With Soul Records. Buy one now or regret forever: the witch will haunt you down!
What the people are saying
Fumaça Preta’s debut single contains a searing hot Portugese-language version of one of my favorite tunes, “The Witch” (“A Bruxa”) by The Sonics. This shit has funky drums powering it with appropriately tortured (and reverbed) vocals. The B-side is a groovy garage-psych number with a funky bassline and lots of sound effects and excellent percussion. It appeals to me almost like a lost Lee Perry session, except one that would involve an Am Rep band. (Look that one up kids). The lock-groove (and there are always bonus points for a lock groove) is a phone tone. And they built up more steam for the 2nd 7” they released in 2012. Some noise-organ garage funk madness. I wish more bands and recordings were as vicious and free-wheeling as these. Exciting enough to appeal to the punk/funk/free jazz/garage twisted minds. Joel from hip NYC record spot Trópicalia In Furs is the screamer in the band. Music With Soul put these things out. A fresh new label to keep an ear on.
Music with Soul Records isn’t just tons of tiny 45’s, Alex in Amsterdam runs the recording studio side of things (where they actually captured this piece of funk from Fumaça Preta), while Andre in Portugal deals with the promotion, booking side…they are monopolizing the funk further with this one featuring Joel from Tropicalia in Furs down on 5th St. teaming up with The Grits in the Music with Soul studio to cut this single. I wouldn’t put it past these guys to pick up a lathe cutter sooner or later and just cut out the middle man. Vertical seven inch integration.
on 7 inches
Projeto baseado em Amsterdã, o Music With Soul defende com unhas, dentes, guitarras venenosas e groovys invocados a filosofia ‘do-it-yourself’. É só olhar no site da dupla Alex Figueira e André Nóvoa para entender: ‘Gostamos de simplicidade. Odiamos frescura. Amamos a música que soa quente, crua e autêntica. Gostamos quando um disco soa rude e sujo. Gostamos de pessoas loucas, radicais. Odiamos fórmulas, clichês. Gostamos de coisas feitas com verdadeira paixão’.
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Music with Soul is based of of Amsterdam with strong ties to Lisbon, and has a penchant for funky grooves and ethnical sounds. Having released a few sides from The Grits, The Slackers, The Ratazanas, and now Fumaça Preta, this label is one to watch out for. With a limited production of 600 pieces, this record is not going to last long. For fans of fuzzy Funk, Brazilian Psych, and heavy sounds, this 7″ is for you. Watch out for the witch jack.