DJ Dolores and full live band.
Wednesday 27th February
83 Rivington St Kingsland Viaduct Shoreditch
London EC2A 3AY
£14, £12 ADV
1 Real is DJ Dolores’ third album (released 25/02/08), and it sees his multiple talents come to full bloom. Using once again elements of popular music from his native Brazilian Northeast, blended with dancefloor-friendly electronics, horns, and rock & dub influences, he’s created these exhilarating songs which are contagiously joyful, yet based on the observation of a grim political and social subtext.
DJ Dolores found some of his inspiration for 1 Real in the music he heard in Brasília Teimosa, one of Recife’s poor areas, on which his photographer friend Bárbara Wagner was doing a pictorial essay (now published in book form).
Building on these new popular hybrids, he gave them a series of musical twists, with the help of regular collaborators such as Maestro Forró, Gabriel Melo, Fernando Catatau, vocalists Isaar and Maciel Salu, and guest appearances by acclaimed Nordeste fusionist Silvério Pessoa and by Marion, a young, Rio-based French vocalist. The lyrical content goes from harsh social comment to personal, humorous notes on male/female relationships.
The bonus track at the end of 1 Real is DJ Dolores’ contribution to the Danger Global Warming project initiated by the Blacksmoke Organization, an international group of artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and actors whose aim is to support environmental causes by propagating audiovisual noise.
For this particular project, they created a track, featuring vocals by The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell, and are having it remixed by 50+ artists from all over the world.