(Volume 20 of Clifton’s Corner. Every other week on the blog Clifton Weaver, aka DJ Soft Touch, shares some of his favorite spins, old and new, in the worlds of soul, r&b, funk, psych and beyond.)

clifton weaverI’m not sure exactly when or how my interest in Brazilian sounds began. Growing up, my parents had tons of Sergio Mendes LPs and jazz recordings featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim, but I always dismissed them as boring easy listening. The first Brazilian song I remember being interested in (i.e. ‘obsessed with’) was the Os Mutantes version of “Bat Macumba”.  DJ Dia would frequently play it in the 60s/soul room at LA indie night, Club Bang. From the moment I heard it, I couldn’t rest until I found out who the artist was and owned it.

Hearing that Os Mutantes LP was a revelation. As a fan of 60s psychedelia, elements of their sound were very familiar but hearing them combined with Brazilian styles (as well as avant-garde, classical, etc.) opened my ears to a whole new musical world. Soon I was backtracking and listening to those records I previously dismissed. As well as bossa nova and tropicalia, I’ve been turned on to the soul/funk stylings of artists like Tim Maia and Toni Tornado, jazz funk hybrids, and a distinctive take on disco.


Normally, for my Clifton’s Corner segments, I like to write at length about the tunes I’ve selected. This time is a little different. For this installment, I’ll let the music do the talking.

Os Mutantes :: Bat Macumba
Tom Zé :: Jimmy, Renda-se
Jorge Ben :: Apareceu, Aparecida
Vox Populi :: Caleidoscopio
Astrud Gilberto :: Take It Easy, My Brother Charlie
Abilo Mandel :: Olha Lá
Tim Maia :: Belleza
Toni Tornado :: Sou Negro
Claudete Soares :: Shirley Sexy
Sandra Sa :: Trem Da Central

Previously: Find the Clifton’s Corner archives, HERE…

12 Responses to “Clifton’s Corner: Volume 20 – Brazilian Favorites”

  1. […] Clifton’s Corner: Volume 20 – Brazilian Favorites […]

  2. ahh yeah

  3. when exactly did tom do dor e dor – was jimmy, renda-se a version before or after?

  4. The Abilo Mandel track isn’t there…

  5. @theo – thanks – should be good now.

  6. Any suggestions how to get a zip of this? The first few Clifton Corners were awesome but a zip link was provided.

  7. @Kit https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/

  8. The beat from “Jimmy, Renda-Se” sounds like something Jurassic 5 sampled. Slick shit!

  9. I’m brazilian, and I have a HUGE list of good, weird, different, obscure, amazing, popular, classic, new brazilian music/musicians to recommend, share, talk about, if you’re interested! Let me know 😉

  10. hell yeah..thanks

  11. […] Download a mix of Brazilian music from Aquarium Drunkard. […]

  12. Satisfied, this is great thankyou. Any suggestions how to attain the other CC’s?

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