Tropicalbacanal [Deluxe Version]

Tropicalbacanal [Deluxe Version]

by Bonde do Rolê


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Tropicalbacanal [Deluxe Version]

Just in the nick of time for summer, though a long five years since the gutter-bounce sugar rush of their debut, Brazilian party people Bonde do Rolê are back with Tropicalbacanal, an album that, just as its title promises, is pretty much one big, decadent, equatorial dance party. Things have shifted a bit: there's not nearly as much shlocky, hair metal guitar riffage this time out, and while there's still plenty of the band's signature, deliriously cheap-sounding baile funk beats, as well as several distinct flavors of samba, there are also traces of everything from zydeco and soca (both at once, in fact, on the inexplicably titled "Kanye") to dancehall, Afro-pop, slide guitar blues, and even hardcore punk (thanks to an appearance by Australia-via-Baltimore thrashers the Death Set.) It's quite a cocktail, made even more hectic by a stacked guest list that also features Das Racist, U.K. hip-hoppers Rizzle Kicks, ragga/dancehall MVP Ce'cile (who turns up for a boisterous flip on Jay-Z's "Girls Girls Girls" hook that somehow manages to include the word "fisticuffs"), and, impressively, Tropicalia godhead Caetano Veloso, whose breezily infectious "Baby Don't Deny It" marks an atypically G-rated moment for this crew. With all the helping hands on board -- production duties were handled by Diplo and Poolside's Filip Nikolic, with assists from Mumdance, Boyz Noise, Switch, and Schlachthofbronx, making this a veritable summit session of rowdy, pan-globally-inclined dance producers -- it's hard to say who, exactly, deserves credit for Tropicalbacanal's success. (At some moments it feels more like a Brazilian incarnation of Diplo's Major Lazer project than a recognizable follow-up to With Lasers.) Then again, Bonde do Rolê have always been essentially pastiche artists -- or, to put it in less brainy, more fitting terms, they just cram together whatever is fun, corny, idiotic, and over the top -- and their goofy, debaucherous energy remains unmistakable. That's despite the absence of departed frontwoman Marina Vello, whose shoes (and/or animal-print leggings) are ably filled here by Laura Taylor, who flips between English and Portuguese (although she should probably think of a better name). Indeed, some of the best cuts here are those without guest vocal support, like the peppy electro-samba "Pucko," with its irresistibly chirpy flutes, and the very silly "Banana Woman," whose lyrics could either be complete nonsense or utter filth -- or, more likely, both. While it's clear that a good deal more time and effort went into the making this album (which is actually even shorter than its predecessor, at just shy of a half-hour), you can rest assured that Bonde do Rolê remain as deliriously, blissfully frivolous as ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2013
Label: Mad Decent
UPC: 0859649003541
catalogNumber: 354
Rank: 199317

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonde do Rolê   Primary Artist
John Wicks   Percussion,Drums
Filip Nikolic   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Ukulele,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Roto Toms

Technical Credits

Caetano Veloso   Composer
Kent Westberry   Composer
Cécile   Composer
Robertinho De Recife   Composer
Diplo   Executive Producer
Bonde do Rolê   Composer,Producer
DJ Chernobyl   Producer
Schlachthofbronx   Producer
Filip Nikolic   Composer,Programming,Producer
Trevor McFedries   Composer
Mumdance   Producer
Rizzle Kicks   Composer
Kool A.D.   Composer
Alexis Rivera   Composer
Johnny Sierra   Composer
Federico Lamas   Illustrations
Charlie McCoy   Composer

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