As one third of one of the most iconic jazz-funk bands of all-time Azymuth, Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti has established himself as one of the most skilled drummers in modern music. Experimenting with a variety of sounds throughout his career, it was his ‘samba doido’ (crazy samba) philosophy, which warped the traditional samba rhythms with jazz influences and space age electronics. Next week’s release of his new album Poison Fruit will be his first in over twenty years, and the first to be released on vinyl since his 1984 classic The Human Factor. In the buildup to his new album, Ivan Conti released two singles – “Encontro” and “Bacurau.”
With exceptional drumming throughout, the track is warped with electronic rhythms, bringing influences from techno and house, especially on “Bacurau,” a high-paced bossa nova infused track with heavy grooves and a fantastic vocal contribution from Ivan himself, bringing soul and funk to the forefront on the track. “Encontro” has a much heavier jazz influence, with swirling synths and keys that are beautifully arranged and give such magnetic and infectious energy throughout.
You can listen to Ivan Conti’s singles “Encontro” and “Bacurau” below via Bandcamp, which is also where you can pre-order his new album Poison Fruit.