Since debuting the first track off forthcoming debut LP, ATLAS, Red Bull Music Academy alumnus and Buraka Som Sistema co-founder, Branko, is ready to give us another glimpse into his expansive globetrotting adventure. The Enchufada head honcho hit the road on a journey that took him across 3 continents to collaborate with more than 20 artists at the Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam, Cape Town, New York, Lisbon and São Paulo.
After revealing several album tracks over the past few weeks, including the afro-house burner “Eventually” (feat. Alex Rita & Bison), zouk bass-meets-R&B anthem “Let Me Go” (feat. Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack), and futuristic baile funk hybrid “Take Off” (feat. Princess Nokia) – and even the free off-album cut celebrating his upcoming Boiler Room album release party titled “Louca“ (Feat. MC Bin Laden & Marginal Men) – the globetrotting producer introduces yet more geographical and musical coordinates to the party with: “On Top” (feat. Zanillya, Capadose & The Ruffest). An ode to the lively rhythms of Suriname, with a splash of South African afro-house, “On Top” fully exemplifies Global Club Music’s hybrid nature.
As Branko explains, Zanillya and Capadose (formerly known as THEprinceOFbeatz) played him an idea they had for this track months ago, which left him “super excited to develop it into a full-fledged song for ATLAS. After recording vocals and developing the track at the Red Bull Studio in Amsterdam, he took the project with him to Cape Town where he met kwaito kings The Ruffest, who laid down vocals to add their own flavor to the song. The final touches were added when he recorded a 13-person vocal choir for the breakdown, an experience the producer described simply as “magical.” The end result is a track that is the perfect snapshot of an album that fully embodies Branko’s approach to music. As he brings together modern club sounds with a pop sensitivity and a cultural edge, Branko simultaneously brings down geographical and stylistic borders to create something completely unique.
Stream Released Tracks From ATLAS Here:
Boiler Room São Paulo x Red Bull Music Academy Live Stream 9/4
Photo Credit: João Retorta
João Barbosa AKA Branko first became known on the International scene as the driving creative force in Buraka som Sistema, the worldwide phenomenon whose releases helped create a new attitude towards global sounds. The seminal collective is responsible for reshaping dance music culture and spawning a myriad of sub-genres that shaped the Global Club Music scene and were championed by the producer’s label Enchufada.
Branko’s solo work has included several singles, a mixtape and an EP, featuring collaborations with Zebra Katz, Roses Gabor, Dominique Young Unique and Njena Redfoxx, but 2015 sees him taking on his most ambitious project to date. Challenging the notion that “everything has already been discovered,” Branko is embarking, in partnership with Red Bull, on a musical journey across the globe, diving into some of the most vibrant music scenes today to meet and work with a new generation of artists.Traveling with a film crew he will visit Capetown, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, and New York before finally returning to Lisbon, taking in the local sights and sounds and heading in to the studio to work with local artists.
The end result will be his debut full-length album, ATLAS, and a 5 episode Web Series featuring his travels. Viewers and listeners will be exposed to a whole new wave of crucial artists who are creating today’s most innovative music.