Ramiro Musotto


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Ramiro Musotto seems to be in the business of seriously messing with people's heads. A percussionist and programmer, he's strong on rhythms and sounds -- more so than on melody. The unusual is the norm here, which makes it a joy, and the percussion-powered tracks thunder around the brain. Particularly striking are the vocals, like the sample of Buziga's odd voice on "Caminho." The changes come thick and fast on "Antonio Das Mortes," which shifts around awkwardly, including some sax from Gato Barbieri in the mix. Quite what to make of this disc is, well, impossible. Electronic? Yes. A rhythm album? Yes. Something relentless to keep you awake at night? Most definitely. But that's a big part of its appeal. It refuses to be defined, to settle in an easy pigeonhole. That it's Brazilian is beyond question, but beyond that it's simply impossible to categorize. Frustrating at times for the way its tracks don't always develop, it's still fascinating, and Musotto is obviously a significant talent.

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