A Kiss on the Shoulder

Artist: Valesca Popozuda (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Title: Beijinho No Ombro (2013)

I think the fact that the video for this song has over 50 million views on YouTube is a testament to baile funk’s transformation into a mainstream phenomenon. It wasn’t always that way, though. According to the unofficial narrative, baile funk (aka funk carioca) came about within the context of massive parties thrown by drug dealers in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro to win favor within the community and show to law enforcement their clout. In the 80’s Deejays spun Miami Bass jams at those parties and one such record, 808 Voltmix, formed the foundation over which artists recorded their own groove, often using little more than their own voices. As time went on, all recognition of the original 808-driven Miami club sound faded into the background leaving behind a wholly original backdrop upon which to record tracks like Beijinho No Ombro.

Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind.

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