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DJ Dolores
1 Real
Ziriguiboom/Crammed Discs

DJ Dolores aka Helder Aragão hails from Brazil and creates an almightily blend of styles on his third album. "Tocando a Terror" is apparently about a fatale woman and it relies on a simple beat and a vocal by Tiné. "Cala Cala" sounds like a festive Rio carnival with some modern tweaks added. "Shakespeare" is a cover of a song by a Brazilian songwriter with vocals by French singer Marion Del'Eite. It sounds wistful and lovely, the singer playing well off the bubbling background.

"JPS" gives us Sartre as a Don Juan because words have a special power. "Mutant Child" imagines the superhero Wolverine of the X-men in a Brazilian adventure. Elsewhere the concept of "saudade" is explained in Portuguese so I'm still none the wiser. A bonus track "Danger Global warming" has a self-explanatory agenda and a guest vocal by Hugh Cornwell. Thus this album mixes the political, the personal and the whimsical and you can dance to it.

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