Album: DJ Dolores, 1 Real (Crammed Discs)

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How many Brazilian producers reference Marx, Engels, Sartre and Lou Reed in their sleeve notes? On his third album, the DJ otherwise known as Helder Aragao de Melo continues to approach his craft of constructing dance tracks with the focus and precision of a Swiss watchmaker.

Every cymbal tish and woodblock clunk has its place in the percussive backdrops, which are crosshatched by traditional fiddle and enlivened by the throwaway vocals of the endearingly deadpan Isaar, plus other guest singers. Knowing, witty, and politically astute global grooves for the chin-strokers as well as the hip-shakers.

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