The rare samples and records like these are one of the reasons Madlib is my favourite producer of all time. This time around we look at the soundtrack to “Véu de Noiva,” a Brazilian soap opera displayed on TV Globo between November 1969 and June 1970. It was composed by various artists, but the focus this time around is with the Apolo IV composition titled “Mil Milhas – Tema De Marcelo.” The group that actually composed this record was Azymuth, who performed under the name Apolo IV. Written by the legendary Marcos Valle and Novelli, the track features a beautiful piano composition which is backed by rhythmic jazz drumming and a melody that comes in at the 1:39 mark that Madvillain fans might recognise.
It is, of course the sample used on Madvillain’s iconic “Monkey Suite” track released on a collaborative compilation album between Stones Throw Records and Adult Swim titled Chrome Children released in 2008. The alternative version appears on the Madvillainy 2 remix album. The track is eerie, with the piano sample being suffocated by this meditative gong-like note that makes the track dark in tone. MF DOOM provides a usually genius, animated and eclectic verse to make this track one of my favourites of theirs. Another example of two greats creating timeless music.
You can listen to both tracks below via YouTube. If you want to purchase the Véu De Noiva (Trilha Sonora Original Da Novela) Soundtrack album, please check purchase info on Discogs.com.
Listen to Madvillain’s “Monkey Suite” below. You can purchase Chrome Children through the Stones Throw website here.