Just in time to kick off the Summer, Captain Planet has teamed up with 2 long-time collaborators Zuzuka Poderosa & Raphael Futura for a new Brazilian disco funk song, “Moqueca.” The song harkens back to Brazil’s legendary funk parties in the 70’s and early 80’s – where sound systems bumped legends like Tim Maia, Sandra De Sa & Gilberto Gil – while infusing some fresh contemporary energy and extra thump for today’s dancefloors. Zuzuka’s bright vocals bounce over a bubbly bassline, syncopated percussion and wormy vintage synthesizers, while an additional punch is brought in the form of horn arrangements by the prolific maestro Todd Simon, another frequent Captain Planet collaborator.
“Moqueca” takes inspiration from the Brazilian dish of the same name, a nationally famous fish stew that varies across the regions of Brazil. In her lyrics, Zuzuka talks about the origins and variations of Moqueca, starting with the style from Espirito Santo, her home state, and continuing to Moqueca Baiana, from Bahia, which incorporates African influences and ingredients. The result is a song that is as much an homage to Brazilian music as it is its food, culture and people.
The song is the first single from Captain Planet’s upcoming “Sounds Like Home” EP, which finds the producer turning towards more retro, analogue and live band elements, all with an eye towards his signature “Gumbo Funk” of global sounds. “Moqueca” is out on Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings May 27th.
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