Kassin+2, Bar Opinião, Porto Alegre 9/20/2007
photo by Felipe Neves
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Samba Machine by Kassin+2 from the 2008 album Futurismo on Luaka Bop.
Futurismo marks the third album of a trilogy for one of the recent trendsetters in Brazilian music. Kassin, a glorified crate digger, has busied himself outside his own projects by producing for Bebel Gilberto and playing bass with the legendary Caetano Veloso. He is joined again here by his usual bandmates, Veloso’s son Moreno (guitar, cello, vocals) and Domenico Lancelotti (percussion). For those who are new to this trio, the album that began this trilogy was 2001s Music Typewriter written for Moreno+2, which was followed by 2004s Sincerely Hot written for Domenico+2. Catered to Kassin’s tastes, Futurismo is loaded with everything from tropicalia and bossa nova to garage rock and electronica. With a historical knack for the avant-garde, Kassin decided to give melody a bigger say this time around. He also enlisted the assistance of John McEntire (Tortoise) and Sean O’Hagan (High Llamas) who both contribute in the form of production and vocals. Best of all, Kassin+2 has taken an ethnically and culturally diverse art form and expanded it even further. Who knows — maybe they’ll pull a George Lucas and give us a trilogy of prequels, except better. Speculation aside, this really is a video of the band performing back in February: