The Copan Connection: Bixiga 70 Meets Victor Rice

GB 032LP GB 032LP

Record Store Day 2016 release. 180-gram vinyl. Gatefold sleeve. Includes download code. Limited edition of 1000. Bixiga 70 follow their acclaimed 2015 album III (GB 026CD/LP) -- which The Guardian called "imaginative, progressive Afrobeat" -- with a work that looks northward from Brazil to Jamaica and embraces the repeat-echo history of dub music as its inspiration. Producer Victor Rice applies shimmering, kaleidoscopic dub reinventions to tracks from III to ear-opening effect. The music swells, ebbs, flows, deconstructs, and then blissfully reconnects in completely unexpected ways. The result is not merely a companion piece to III; it's a completely new, standalone sonic experience. Victor Rice, the dubmaster on The Copan Connection, is a transplanted New Yorker, residing in São Paulo at the time of this release. His contribution to the Brazilian music scene is massive. In addition to Bixiga 70, Rice's production skills have been sought out by a who's who of established and emerging Brazilian artists including the legendary Elza Soares and the Latin Grammy Award-winner Tulipa Ruiz. But Rice's discography is also chock-full of reggae, ska, and dub productions including a contribution to the dubbed-out Pink Floyd remake album Dubber Side of the Moon. He works his magic in an old-skool, King Tubby style, on a mixing board, with just a couple of effects and an abundance of inspiration and ideas. Rice's studio sits high above the megalopolis of São Paulo, in the famed Edifício Copan, a classic of modernist architecture. His mixing board is pushed against a window, giving one the sense of floating above the beautiful madness of the city. It is a surreal setting, perfect for the creation of shape-shifting, surreal sounds. The Copan Connection: Bixiga 70 Meets Victor Rice is a summit of equals. It is the music of a sensational band meeting the soundworld of a sensational producer. It pushes Afro-Brazilian music into a mind-blowing alternate dimension.