Check out an exclusive stream of a track from the new record by Brazilian outfit Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra-plus a Mark E remix.
Celebrating 20 years of Joe Davis’ London based, Brazilian focused record label Far Out Recordings, ‘Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra’ is a two disc extravaganza of original material and high profile remixes. The label itself has sustained a musical dialogue between the UK and Brazil over two decades, with releases from Brazilian musicians sitting alongside sun kissed, experimental excursions from Blighty based artists such as Kirk Degiorgio.
Now to commemorate their impressive run the label has assembled the ‘Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra’-a supergroup of sorts comprised of some of the best musical talent Brazil has to offer, in order to create a fusion of traditional sounds with the American and British music of the 70’s that captured their imaginations early on. Jose Roberto Bertrami and Alex Malheiros of legendary Samba-Jazz outfit Azymuth were joined by Paulinho Black (from the original Banda Black Rio), famed arranger Arthur Verocai and many more to record the body of work-with the group deciding early on to augment their recordings with a full string orchestra and horn section. Recording, which initially took place in Rio De Janeiro using faithfully vintage equipment, was going well until Jose Roberto Bertrami tragically passed away in 2012. Motivated by the loss of one of Brazilian music’s greatest champions and a close friend of theirs, the remainder of the group picked themselves up to complete a record that would make the late Bertrami proud.
The resulting album is a superb collection of Disco and Funk jams sung in English yet flavoured by some immaculate Samba influenced playing-a blend of sounds that immediately transports the listeners to the sands of Copacabana beach, Caipirinha in hand. The first disc and its intriguing backstory would be enough for most music lovers in isolation, but as it is Far Out Recordings have also treated the public to a second disc of remixes. Here, Motor City House dons Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman, former Africa HiTech man Mark Pritchard and Disco luminary John Morales all offer up versions of the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra’s original creations-to form part of a satisfying double disc package.
Here to give you a taste of the record-which has an as yet unscheduled release date, we’ve got FOMDO’s ‘Don’t Cha Know He’s Alright’ paired with a remix by Disco-House edit master Mark E. The former is a sunset sojourn into taut basslines, breezy rhodes and dancefloor friendly harmonising, with Mark E’s rework going deeper into the night with a bubbling 303-line, deep pads and sparing use of the original vocal. Check the two tracks below and keep your eyes peeled for more info on this exciting project.