A few days ago I returned from my first and long-anticipated trip to Brazil. It was hard to come back to Chicago. I didn’t do much tourism shit—didn’t sit on a Rio beach even once—but I met loads of great Brazilians, saw some terrific music, and drank crazy amounts of beer and cachaça. I also purchased loads of CDs. I knew the country’s musical traditions are every bit as rich and varied as America’s, but what I found was even deeper. I’ll certainly be tapping into my latest finds in future posts, but I wanted to get this song up first, a tune by MC Leozinho I heard quite a few times in Rio and Sao Paulo. My new friend Dani must’ve played this song three or four times on a day trip we took to Embu, a quaint little town near SP. Her car was rocking with pure distortion because she just kept pushing the volume up higher and higher. It kicks off a new comp of Funk Carioca called Bem Funk assembled by kingpin DJ Marlboro. What’s particularly interesting about this track—as well as several other numbers on this new comp—is that the stripped-down raw beat schemes of the genre are starting to get a more heavily produced, song-like treatment. This is a pop song with strumming acoustic guitars grafted onto one of those infectious bass-heavy electro grooves. And right now it’s filling me with bittersweet nostalgia for some good times and new pals. I need to go back.