Lenine

Falange Canibal

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Lenine invites you down the rabbit hole once more for his 2002 release, Falange Canibal. Though the Brazilian underground hero's toying with concepts like auditory distortion, dissonance, and all things ultra-processed could on the surface seem like an adolescent attempt at breaking all the rules, make no mistake, this is a master at work. Skillfully weaving together electronic elements with organic, even dirty instrumentation, Lenine paints a sonic picture that is both dark and vibrant, richly living. Employing the talents of some of the industry's beloved and infamous like fellow sonic troublemaker Descemer Bueno, drumming legends Horacio "El Negro" Hernández and Will Calhoun of In Living Color, and Latin jazz giant Steve Turre, Lenine's pedigree is made clear to the unfamiliar if only by association. Though not for the faint of heart, Falange Canibal is a true musical gem, a diamond in the rough of the ordinary. A scant nine years after the then-budding talent's debut, Lenine has matured into an artist whose work will be listened to, respected, and unraveled for years to come.

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