Far Out Recordings are very proud to present 2013 edition of the label’s anticipated annual Best Of Far Out compilations that have received backing from Itunes and across the digital platforms in previous years.
Kicking off the album is Joyce with the track ‘Tringuelingue’ from her brand new studio album “Tudo”. Tudo is Joyce’s first studio album in a decade formed entirely of the Brazilian icon’s original compositions. Tudo – meaning ‘everything’ in Portuguese – showcases Joyce’s remarkable vocals, which gently float over the classic genres of Brazilian music.
“TUDO is a Brazilian classic” – The Guardian ****
Next up are two tracks from the 5th in the series of Nicola Conte presents Viagem. As always, Nicola re-discovers rare jazz samba, bossa and swinging mpb recordings of stunning beauty and intoxicating swing, making Viagem 5 a possible contender for best volume yet of this connoisseur series.
“It’s a great compilation if you like your Brazilian music, I highly recommend it.” – Jamie Cullum (BBCR2)
One of the year’s highlights was certainly the debut single by Otis Trio, emerging group representing the new breed of jazz musicians in Brazil. Here they feature with the track Montag’s Dream.
“Beautiful stuff!” – DJ Mag
2013 also saw the album release by the Japanese combo J’s Bee called Isotope. This is an album of precision crafted cinematic soundscapes fusing elements of jazz, rock and electronica layered with heartfelt vocals. Featured here is the piece called Blind In The Rye.
“Brilliant new jazz from Japan – lovely track…and beautiful video…..” – Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3, Late Junction/ Flomotion)
Next up is the track called Astronafrica from the brand new studio album by Nana Vasconcelos “4 Elementos”. 4 Elementos or “Four Elements” is a gem that comes as a follow up to Naná’s incredible ‘Sinfonia & Batuques’, winner of a Latin Grammy in 2011. This new offering reveals Brazil’s most revered percussionist in his best form yet.
“The doctor” – Pat Metheny
2013 was also a busy year for Azymuth with the release of the double pack Azymuth “Aurora Remixes”. Far Out specially commissioned this electrifying selection of remixes and re-edits from a host of today’s most in-demand producers to pay homage to these now classic cuts laid down by the masters of ‘Samba Doido’ (Crazy Samba). This was a fitting tribute to these true legends of Brazilian music.
“Futuristic, compelling and always swinging” – Jazzwise
Another release that caused lots of attention in 2013 was Heidi Vogel’s “Turn Up The Quiet”- a deeply moving collection of classic 60s/70s Brazilian songs, interpreted and presented in a unique, intimate fashion and with a timeless sound. Here featured with the remix of the title track by IG Culture.
“Gorgeous tunes” – Jeremy Sole KCRW
Legendary techno don, veteran producer and long time Far Out contributor Kirk Degiorgio rounds things off with ‘Sambatek’. Sourced from classic samba drum breaks and organic percussive elements, this album transposes the essence of ‘ritmos do Brasil’ into the late night peak time techno soundscape Kirk has enriched for over 20 years.
“Great quality techno” Laurent Garnier