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Sao Paulo Confessions [Digipak]

  • 1. Tantos Desejos [So Many Desires]
    2. Voc Gosta [I Know What You Like]
    3. Na Neblina [In the Fog]
    4. Segredo [Secret]
    5. Antropofagos [Cannibals]
    6. Felicidade [Happiness], A
    7. Um Dia Comum [A Normal Day]
    8. Sereia [Mermaid]
    9. Samba Do Gringo Paulista [Paulista Gringo's Samba]
    10. Abrao [Embrace]
    11. Pecados da Madrugada [Sins Before Dawn]
    12. Noite Sem Fim [The Endless Night], A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZIR03

  • Credits

    Personnel: Suba (piano, keyboards, programming); Cibelle, Katia B., Taciana, Joana Jones, Arnaldo Antunes (vocals); Andre Geraissati, Luis Do Monte (acoustic guitar): Kuaker, Edgard Scandurra (guitar); Mestre Ambrosio (bass, percussion, rabeca); Joao Parahyba (drums, percussion, samples).
    Recorded at Wah-Wah Studio, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Includes liner notes by Suba.
    Personnel: Suba (piano, keyboards, programming); Joao Parahyba (sampler).
    Audio Remasterer: Vincent Kenis.
    A warm, inviting integration of Brazilian music and a left-field DJ production, SAO PAOLO CONFESSIONS is a dance extravaganza that quickens the pulse as effortlessly as it deploys a hazy, narcotic, digital bossa/lounge vibe. Suba was a Yugoslavian expatriate living in the polyglot Sao Paolo before he was killed in a fire in November 1999, so it's no surprise that his only full-length release embraces cultural diversity. This document of his final work is stocked with futuristic music rooted in centuries-old cultural patterns.
    At times the futurism in SAO PAOLO CONFESSIONS contests with Brazilian traditionalism, and piano flourishes share space with synthetic sonic indulgence, but his finest productions are a hybrid of sensual timbres and athletic rhythms. "Cannibals" is an Amazonian take on deep house, with an orgy of percussion careening around a sonic black hole, while in "A Normal Day (in Sao Paolo)," syncopated funk guitar licks propel a rhythmic cannonball of hi-hat loops and dirty beats. SAO PAOLO CONFESSIONS is a soundtrack to the tumultuous life of South America's most densely populated city.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (2/17/00, p.58) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...built on samba and bossa-nova rhythms played with tambourines, hand drums and violinlike indigenous instruments with a little help from Brazilian band Mestre Ambrosio....some of the deepest superficial experiences available."
    Uncut (1/00, p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...SAO PAULO CONFESSIONS is something of a masterclass....The potential is clear..."
    Alternative Press (5/00, pp.107-8) - 4 out of 5 - "...Marvelous....a typically eclectic contemporary Brazilian export, infectious and richly inventive..."
    CMJ (1/31/00, p.27) - "...stands as Suba's aural account of the life in the crazed, overpopulated [Sao Paolo]....soulful tribal grooves connect with rich synthetic melodies and vocals provided by a quintet of divas..."
    JazzTimes (8/00, p.89) - "...A tragically beautiful epitaph....brilliant..."
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