Seu Jorge Sings “Rock With You” – Exclusive Preview

Exclusive Cultural Cannibals preview of the Seu Jorge & Almaz version of Michael Jackson’s Rock With You:

This mp3 preview is available for download for a short time, get it now and make sure you buy the album here when it drops on July 27 via Now Again Records. You can pick up the first single (a brilliant cover of Roy Ayers summertime classic Everybody Loves the Sunshine) right now… buy it here.

Here’s an advance look at the cover and tracklist for the LP:

1. Errare Humanum
2. Das Model
3. Cristina
4. Saudosa Bahia
5. Cirandar
6. Tempo De Amor
7. Everybody Loves The Sunshine
8. Pai Joao
9. Rock With You
10. Cala Boca, Menino
11. Girl You Move Me
12. Juizo Final

If you haven’t heard about Almaz yet, have a look at this excerpt from their bio: “Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you ll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge. Yes: he s a singer first and foremost. Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic and Fernando Meirelles City Of God but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He s a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nação Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge. They came together naturally to record a song for a Walter Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora (Tim Maia, Jorge Ben) mesh with classic American (Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson) and European (Kraftwerk, Cane and Abel) soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart.”

I’m pleased to see the inclusion of Nelson Cavaquinho’s classic samba Juízo Final on the album’s track list. Lucio Maia has been doing a brilliant revisionist version of this song with his band Maquinado… I can only imagine the Almaz version will be in a similar vein:

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