Lavoura is a hybrid Brazilian musical group that turns on through the fusion of electronic, jazz, brazilian music and african futurism. Since the late 1990s, musician andproducer TRZ, together with bass player Fabiano (DJ IB) and Paulo Pires played in a popular local Sao Paulo band called Mercado de Peixe. While the three of them were living in Bauru, they created a side project of pro-groove beats named Musikalikida. In 2003, DJ IB and TRZ started a new project called Lavoura Eletro, a reference to a novel by author Raduan Nassar Lavoura Arcaica. Using samples and remixing genres like samba, house, dub, hip hop, afro beat, IDM, Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) and drumnbass their performances became quite popular, playing raves and clubs all over Sao Paulo State. Veteran musician Caleb Mascarenhas joined the group in 2006 bringing a wealth of musical influences such as rock (Amnesia), surf-music (The Dead Rocks) and experimental electronic (Dialogos Libertinos, Os Arvores and AE). When Mascarenhas and Pires joined the group they cemented the mix bringing with them a 70s funk and digital psychedelic flavor. Strong advocates of promoting their music for download on the internet and have contributed music to such websites as Fiberonline, Myspace, and CCMixter where all music can be remixed and sampled under a Creative Commons licence.
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Just as I was thinking, yeah this is OK but I wanted to hear a bit more 'bite'. Then Deep Motion swayed my mind, still downtempo. As for Grass, well you can't really go wrong from then on to my mind. Some nice electronic construction and fusion of noises. In fact with tracks that just seem to get better, as the album progresses. Freak Sunday is an ace in the hole. Sudeste Contraste almost in a league of its own. Nice work.
By now the album is no longer really downtempo, though elements still survive. So, what will the remixes behove us. I think I preferred the fairly eclectic sounds of Furious Stereo. Overall, good album though it has a couple of weak spots, though nothing it does not overcome elsewhere.