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Unmissable, up-to-the-second funk carioca madness by viral phenom DJ Ramon Sucesso, making the leap from Rio De Janeiro and X-bombing videos to vinyl with a first physical release of his innovative, on-the-fly beat bolha blatz - RIYL Araabmuzik, DJ EZ, E+E, EVOL, Nicolas Collins
Frankly one of the most unhinged and brilliant, definitive releases of 2023, ‘Sexta Dos Crias’ unleashes a furnace blast of energy from Ramon Sucesso’s DJ controller in Baixada, out in the sprawling Metropolitan area of Rio De Janeiro. If you’re on TikTok or still use the site formerly known as Twitter, it’s been hard to miss Ramon’s regular videos, filmed at home with camera-shaking FX, which appear to dominate the timeline with each new drop. Hammering daft TikTok samples and MC holler into ludicrous, raggo baile tattoos with a brutal deftness on bright lit DJ controller buttons, the videos capture his febrile energy in effect and have led to global renown with a rhizome of rave nutters and experimental heads far beyond Brazil. It’s now a big buzz to see his gear on wax, spread over two long showcases bound to ratchet attention to his singular sound.
Exemplary of new developments in dance music from the global south, ‘Sexta dos Crias’ pronounces time-honoured Afro-Latin rhythms with a brand new voice. For those long enough in the tooth, we can hear the sort of mutated Miami bass rhythms that originally informed the ‘00s baile funk movement - as heard in rawest forms on Sublime Frequencies’ ‘Proibidão C.V’ recordings, and popularised in western world by likes of Diplo and M.I.A. - factored with radical loudness into a mental grid of non-linear mischief that thrills to the bone every time. There are certain parallels to Sucesso’s style and tekkerz in UK grime, Portuguese kuduro, Chicago footwork, or Tanzanian singeli, but the livewire nature and rambunctious flow of his chops simply place him in a category of his own.
All credit where due then, to Brazil’s Lugar Alto label, behind archival aces by MUMIA, Akira Umeda, and Mitar Subotić (Suba, Rex Ilusivii), for gripping Sucesso for this debut release, proper; an incendiary testament to pushing electronic equipment to its limits in order to dance, and a once-in-a-decade type of mutation that upends convention, cocks a snook at copyright, and expresses an extremity of contemporary life in the ends of Brazil via viral beat animism.