With Diplo gaining more and more momentum in the undergroud, his live mixes are spreading throughout the internet fast and furious. And in many of his recent mixes you will find lots of Brazilian baile funk. Furthermore, with the widespread love of 2005's Arular by M.I.A. and its heavily influenced beats, its just a matter of time before more of this type of sound rises to the top.
Man Recordings in Germany is hoping to be a big part of that with their recent signing of Edu K. He has been releasing records in his native Brazil for some time now with De Falla, whose style ranges from punk to metal to rock and beyond over the course of seven albums. Its no surprise that none of us have heard his name, but maybe not for long.
In 2000, he cut the song "Popozuda Rock n Roll", a salute to the baile funk movement from the punks. The song took off and became a huge hit in Brazil, amongst both punks and the dance scene. In 2004, the song got included on Essay's Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats compilation and soon thereafter got picked up by Coca-Cola for a commercial in Germany. Last year, Man put out a 12" with various remixes of the song including a crazy mash-mix by Diplo that somehow merged the Cure with the hard pounding booty bass.
The newest 12", Sex-O-Matic, features one of the hottest female MCs in Rio at the moment, Deize Tigrona. The single includes remixes by Solid Groove from London, a reggaeton remix by Edu K and a baile funk remix by DJs Sany and Mavi (which features a great GNR guitar stab, check it out!). Edu K is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his Man Recordings solo album "Frenétiko", which is scheduled for a release in March 2006.
De Falla - Popozuda Rock n Roll
Edu K (feat. Deize Tigrona) - Sex-O-Matic (original mix)
Edu K (feat. Deize Tigrona) - Sex-O-Matic (DJ Mavi + DJ Sany Funk Carioca Mix)