The new release by Fabio Me Llaman Soltero and Don Ipanema Boi on the promising label Richmerch is what we would call “batidão” in Brazil, something like “strong beat”, in a free translation, and it could easily be played during a Baile Funk in Rio de Janeiro due to the strong influence of the spicy and vibrant Funk Carioca in it. “Guatemalan Brigadeiro” has Brazilian influence in its title as well: “Brigadeiro” is a nationwide beloved dessert that can be defined as a bonbon “between a fudgy chocolate truffle and a Tootsie Roll”.
Fun fact: Brigadeiro is Fabio’s favourite dessert, and reportedly, Don Ipanema’s girlfriend prepares the best brigadeiro in the world, because of this the song was named like that. “We wanted to make a simple and non-serious idea with a good and aggressive rhythm that could express the Brazilian and Guatemalan cultures using elements from both countries”, according to Fabio.
Another fun fact: “Fabio Me Llaman Soltero is a character conceptualized by my strong Latin boyband influences that I had when I was a kid, actually I personally met one of the greatest boybands in history: Magneto (Mx). This happened because my mom was a really good friend of the mom of one of the Magneto members. So, Fabio is a rare hybrid between Julio Iglesias, Flavio Cesar, Kairo & Magneto (all Latin pop legends) and he loves a good suntan, yachts and beautiful chicas. My music is inspired in that lifestyle”, said Fabio.
Don Ipanema Boi is Fabio’s brother (real one) and his character comes from his obsession for the Brazilian culture (his girlfriend – the-best-brigadeiro-in-the-world girl – is from São Paulo, by the way). That’s why his music – both DJ sets and productions – has a strong Brazilian feeling.
“Guatemalan Brigadeiro” recipe: Lasers from old game consoles currently used in shitty arcades in abandoned spots in the historic district in Guatemala City, throbbing and striking basslines and vocals from Brazil.
You can find (and buy) this and other music pearls on the Bandcamp page of the label.