On the closing track of his 2009 opus The Ecstatic, Mos Def flows over a latin beat that presents an interesting contrast to the bleak hip-hop and middle-eastern influenced sounds on the record. Going in over a mostly-unadulterated break Ghostface style, the artist currently known as Yasiin Bey maneuvers over a raw cut that sounds fresh over 30 years earlier after its release. The sample source in question is Banda Black Rio’s “Case Forte”, a tune from their debut album Maria Fumaça.
One of funkiest outfits ever to emerge from Rio, the band infused traditional Brazilian rhythms with soulful grooves influenced by their Black American counterparts a little further north. The aptly titled “Mr. Funky Samba” is no exception. Like all of the tunes on Maria Fumaça, it’s an instrumental groove that can stand beside the oeuvre of soul-funk legends like Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, and George Duke. Check it out, but be warned: this Second Spin is guaranteed to make you move.
Words by @BrotherHayling