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Bruce Leroys shares 5 inspiring Brazilian songs

Discover 5 songs that exemplify so well the Brazilian musical DNA.

Brazil is home to people who are madly in love with music. This phenomenon is reflected in several aspects: from the generation of astronomical numbers on varied streams to the export of talents for the most diverse musical genres — and of course, in electronic music, this is no different.

An old-school staple in house music is the Bruce Leroys duo, conformed by Diogo Vaille and Marcelo Abreu — who saw their musical trajectories emerge as electronic culture advanced through Rio de Janeiro. With sounds that represent the tropicality and groove of the Brazilian people, they are part of the hits by labels like Get Physical, Kittball, Yoshitoshi Recordings, and Cocada Music.

With all this background, we invited the duo to select 5 Brazilian songs that you must know and will probably inspire you. Check them out.

1. Tim Maia – Caminho do Bem

‘So much of a musical inspiration to us, we even made a bootleg of this song that has been the most downloaded song on our Soundcloud. Tim Maia is considered one of the pioneers of Brazilian music because he was responsible for the introduction of soul and funk genres on MPB. Recognized as one of the greatest icons, the track is one of his happiest and most memorable compositions.’

2. Marcos Valle – Estrelar 

‘Another very important name in Brazilian music. Marcos Valle is the guy who saw the future’s music in the past. He has a career of 50 years, collecting tickets to European festivals and influencing names that were born when he was already making music, such as the rapper Emicida. ‘Estrelar’ is another track that demonstrates the Brazilian groove really well.’

3. Cartola – Autonomia

Cartola is the singer/songwriter who gave life to the trickery of Brazilian music. He was also one of the founders of one of the most traditional samba schools in Brazil, Mangueira. In ‘Autonomia’, we bring a more melodious and melancholic side of samba.’

4. Gal Costa – Flor de Maracujá

‘The female voice that, until this day, is very different than everything that’s been going on. One of the icons responsible for implementing the movement called Tropicalismo in Brazil in the 60s, Gal Costa, owns one of the boldest voices. In ‘Flor de Maracujá’ it’s possible to feel the main aspects that form the movement that Gal helped found.’

5. Azymuth – Melô da Cuíca

‘Brazilian root experimentalism that is honored around the world. The band Azymuth emerged in the early 70’s bringing jazz aspects to Brazilian music. In ‘Melô da Cuíca’, track of ’75, this mixture is well explained. We’ve even done a re-recording together that’s on point!’
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