The first cut from the forthcoming Skeewiff In Brazil album, OUT NOW
Rayna - Lyrics & Lead Vocals
Bengi - Male Vocals, Bass & Guitar
Alex Rizzo - Percussion, Keyboards & Programming
Produced By Alex Rizzo
Skeewiff In Brazil (2014)
Skeewiff have never been short of a bossa or two. Since the early days, their love for wild fusions of exotica, lounge, funk, breaks and electronics has meant that they are no strangers to the wonderful palette that is the music of Brazil. Early flirtations with the subject included their Epic battle against Big Les, their cover of Quincy Jones’ Soul Bossanova, and of course their take on Esquivel’s Miniskirt :wolf whistle:
But it wasn’t until after they were commissioned to co-write and produce Brazilian artist Pat C’s fourth album “Romantic” by Rambling Records in 2006 that things got serious. It became a love affair, and a year later, after they completed Pats album, they set about making a Brazilian inspired album of their very own.
Naturally, this meant that any of the large and growing Skeewiff family that were also that way inclined simply had to get involved, which explains the gargantuan musician and featured artist list!
Obviously Rayna had to feature again. She is of Brazilian descent and their collaboration on the Ghetto Latin & Broken Ballroom was simply legendary. Dead cert to feature. Then of course there is Skee-veteran Daniel Hewson who first appeared on the Man Turns animal album. He simply had to be called in, as he has a doctorate in bossa nova. The hip-hop legend that is Bam from The Jungle Brothers is however, a little more unexpected, but not a surprise when you realise that Skeewiff have co-written and produced Jungle Brother albums in the past.
New members to the skee-family include the wonderful voice of Catarina Dos Santos who features as a vocalist on many of the tracks on this album, but is also an incredible samba percussionist, composer and producer herself. Then there is Bengi, another multi talented musician who sings, plays bass, gutar and keys on a couple of tracks. Even Sol Galaretta, bossa nova singer on previous Skeewiff alter-Ego IKON re-collaborates to add the final icing to the already abundant cake.
This album, that started its humble voyage back in 2008 with the co-incidentally titled track Sailing boat being written in a modest studio in Acton, West London, has culminated in tracks like Blame it on Rio, written and recorded in 6 different studios across the world. It is an homage to all the music that have inspired all the artists that appear on it. A musical pilgrimage for Skeewiff and all who sail in her.