Azymuth Pure, Best of Far Out Years (1995-2006) Review

Released 2006.  

BBC Review

Boldly Brazilian, with a snaking samba that winds itself around subtle bass riffs and...

Chris Moss 2006

Unique in Latin America, Brazil is the confluence of African and black American (as in US) rhythms. In a decade of releases for Far Out, Azymuth have dived deep into the melting pot and honed a fusion of funk, soul and jazz which they call 'Samba Doido' (crazy samba). The final product is boldly Brazilian, with a snaking samba that winds itself around subtle bass riffs and keenly controlled chaos that has the passion of carnival street swing but the deep wisdom of three decades of exploring everything from gentle bossa to bloco beats.

Sparse and intense and shunning any slickness - Azymuth work in their own groove. Pure features 11 tracks from the band's first four Far Out albums currently unavailable as well as a new track "Morning". The album comes with a disc of club remixes by Lusophile DJs and together they make for a tidy little collection for initiates, and a story-so-far sampler for existing fans.

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