Colors Sound System - Director's Cut (Lunatic Jazz)

Sao Paulo scene staple Colors Sound System is quickly evolving from a floor-rocking DJ duo to a more eclectic, risk-taking production team. Comprised of brothers Jota Wagner and Captain Wander, their tracks not only transmit house music feelings but include doses of funk, indie-rock, and Brazillian rhythms. They refer to themselves as “weird house music composers” as their tracks often veer off into psychedelic, swerving directions. This third release from Colors Sound System on their own Lunatic Jazz label, titled Director’s Cut EP, is no exception.

Two original tracks are present, backed by a corresponding pair of wild remixes. “Road Movement" goes the somewhat Balearic route, featuring organic elements, trippy but melodic guitar work, and high doses of "Brazilians’ confused sense of urban beats" (their words). San Francisco beat burglars Anthony Mansfield and Sneak-E Pete (collectively known as Corsican Brothers) provide the remix, sounding like a bass-heavy stroll through darkened city streets. Equal parts slinky and sleazy, this mid-tempo groove fiend switches unexpectedly from a breakbeat bop to a four-on-the-floor cruise.

The B-side cut, “Steampunk Salvador,” introduces seven minutes of scratchy guitar, swirling hints of surreal sound, and a bit of sixties “Tropicália” feel. Exotic percussion and rhythmic bass hits drive the cut as its strange melodies drift in and out like some dance floor dream. Orlando’s Stereo 77 (Research Deluxe / Plimsoll Records) continues his rising trajectory with a flavorful remix that capitalizes on the original’s tasty percussion by adding heavy broken beats and an infectious latin vibe. The bass is booming here, signaling a hipster conga line to form around the edges of the nightclub.

Ashley Beedle - “‘Road Movement’ original mix is a real beauty. Nice and leftfield!”
James Flavour (Dirt Crew) - “Oh, this is so good! I can’t wait to play that out. This release made my day!”
Mixmaster Morris - “Stereo 77 Ricanstruction … chunky funky!”
Chris Todd (Crazy P / Hot Toddy) - “The Corsican Brothers mix is out there! Unique.”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - “Musically very good, indeed!”
Q-Burns Abstract Message - “Yep … the Brazilearic ‘Road Movement’ for me, and also digging the bump of Stereo 77’s take on ‘Steampunk Salvador.’ Sweet!”
Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) - “Four cool tracks. The Corsican Bros remix is my favorite but all are solid.”
Blair Stafford (Straightup Radio) - “Stereo 77 rocks my world. Can’t touch him for remixes. Great Cumbia … vibe right on!”
Velanche (Urban Landscapes Radio Show) - “Really sublime and excellent originals: leftfield, adventurous, and nails it! The remixes are also pretty uncanny.”
DJ Tomas (Friday Night Session Radio Show, SF) - “The grooves are strong as organic coffee on this EP, great mid-tempo bubblers with superb textures and percussion.”
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) - “So f**king good!”

Additional support from Rune Lindbæk, Ray Mang, Sleazy McQueen, Makossa & Megablast, Justin Harris (Freaks), Murray Richardson, Johnwaynes, DJ Harri (Sub Club), Recloose, Hardway Bros, Nacho Marco, and Tim “Love” Lee.

Available from Beatport and Juno Download