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|1.||"Alegria" (extended 12" mix)|
|2.||"Alegria" (radio edit)|
|1.||"Puxa" (Beat Laden remix)|
|2.||"Cuka" (Maga Bo remix)|
Batida have been a key part of Soundway's successful 2012, debuting on a rather nice looking split 7"alongside A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire before unveiling their debut self titled album in March. For those who might have missed out on that wondrous long player, a welcome chance to indulge in the blend of traditional Angolan sounds and contemporary Kuduro is offered here with the Alegria 12". The record features three of our favourite album cuts extended and reworked by Batida creator Pedro Coquenao alongside Portuguese producer Beat Laden and Brazilian Maga Bo. The title track has instant appeal, with sampled guitar licks offering true heritage and bass heavy Kuduro rhythms providing real thump - it sounds even more joyous extended to over six minutes by Coquenao. Beat Laden's take on "Puxa" offers a curious dub heavy Portuguese slant on UK Garage aesthetics, whilst Mago Bo displays a dizzying understanding of polyrhythmic percussion on a delightful remix of "Cuka".
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