The Brazilian disco and boogie scene of the late '70s and early '80s has been in the spotlight of late, with several labels releasing celebratory compilations of killer material. Here, Athens of the North get in on the act, re-issuing Painel De Controle's relaxed, jazz-funk influenced jam "Relax", a single B-side and album track originally released in 1979. Like many of the greatest Brazilian disco/boogie records of the period, it's loose, lovely and really rather sumptuous, inviting you to dance while offering a saucer-eyed hug with arms outstretched. Flip for the less celebrated, but no less potent, 1978 cut "Malandrinha", a bossa-tinged number that's almost unfeasibly sunny.
Scratchandsniff, H Track / PB Vinyl, Mukatsuku Records Chart, Manu•Archeo, Ionik (Traveller Records, KGS), Shawn Ryan (Universal Cave), Far Out Recordings, Juno Recommends Disco, Eddie C, Osmose, The Keeper (Strait Of Gibraltar), Nummer, SEEN ON TV
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