Now and then mistakes are good! Take for instance the second single from Brazilian duo Balako (a.k.a. Diogo Strausz and Rodrigo Peirao).
The track titled “Nervous Inn,” came about from a mistake while Peiroa was trying to learn a Latin classic on the guitar.
Speaking about how the record came about Peirao explains:
‘Nervous Inn’ was the first track I ever composed and was actually born from a mistake I kept making on the guitar whilst trying to learn ‘Ligia’ by Chico Buarque & Antonio Carlos Jobim. I’d just started learning and was just practicing at home while Eric Duncan and my girlfriend were sitting on the sofa. My little finger kept slipping, but I loved the weird chord change instantly. The next morning I played it to my teacher and legendary Brazilian guitar player Cezar Mendes, and he loved it. The track has the vibe and atmosphere of my apartment in Rio, which Eric and I nicknamed ‘Nervous It.'”
The duo creates a broad range of styles from techno and house to salsa and carimbo, blending 70’s disco and funk in the process and creating something both retro sounding and current.
The duo’s name derives from an 80’s Brazilian slang word which fittingly translates as – “a good type of mess.”
The authenticity of the tracks caused early confusion to Greco-Roman co-founder Joe Goddard who assuming the were littered with samples, quickly fell in love.
“Sampling, editing, remixing and re-editing shouldn’t be the only way to make Brazil sound contemporary on the dancefloor” insists Strausz. “For these tracks, we headed to the studio with our musician friends and created our own retro sounding edits from scratch. It just seemed obvious to us.”
Get acquainted with Balako below and grab the EP here.