Arrocha - Curumin

Six Degrees

It’s a sad fact of life that in matriarchal societies women continue to be marginalized in their roles; worse so in notoriously chauvinistic ones. But, in the Brazilian worlds of samba and bossa, the diva has reigned supreme; her voice naturally capturing the silky, softer sides of these rhythms. It holds true especially in today’s atmospheric expressions of sambatronix. Influential dj/producers like Apollo Nove, DJ Dolores and the late Suba have helped make stars out of CeU, Cibelle, Luisa Maita and Bebel Gilberto among others. So, it’s actually a welcome change up to experience Curumin’s global debut on taste-maker label, Six Degrees. Curumin (pronounced Koo roo mean) is a singer/songwriter and drummer from Sao Paulo with Spanish and Japanese in his genes. Arrocha means to hold on tight; with a lot of pressure. It alludes not only to the close dancing style in Sao Paulo but the metropolis’s general crush on its citizenry. The city towers and closes in holding everyone in a tight grip. Tension in turn produces musical interest. With Chief Excel, one half of Blackalicious in his corner since their paths crossed, it was only a matter of time before Curumin would deliver an international release. Arrocha brings some welcome testosterone to sambatronix with muscular funk that still breathes with a Brazilian breezines. The opener Afroxoque (Afro Shock eh) is reminiscent of another Brazilian personal favorite, Lenine. The great Carlinhos Brown comes to mind as well. Reggae, 70s-style soul and vintage gritty samples texture the mix. There’s enough interest in the first three cuts alone to lock the listener through the closer Bambora! “The electronic angle lets me work inside of the machines,” he says. “It's a different way to do Brazilian music. But it's also part of my Japanese heritage. The thing that I'm trying to accomplish in my music is connected to the past and tradition, as well as to the future. This is a very Japanese way of looking at things.”