“Let’s Stay Together”, 1972
Let's be honest: at any moment during this quarantine, we will weaken, forget the safety distance, take the babynha (or babynho, babynhx, depending on the tastes) and make sweet, sweet, sweet love, of the one who tires and sweats and leads to the sleep of the righteous with a full heart and a washed soul (and eventually one infection or another). The soundtrack was invented a long time ago for these moments when desire looms and love manifests itself in the splendor of genitalia. The premilinars, we know, are in charge of Al Green and Let’s Stay Together, a disc that, until today, whenever it was heard by two adults of mating age ended up leading them to the mentioned mating. Accompanies with condoms and hand sanitizer.
“Weather forecast”, 1973
When magician Marcos Valle edited Weather forecast had already released good samba-song albums, Samba ’68 and Moonlit Viola (both from 1968), and a tremendous MPB fusion disc with the sound that came from the USA, Mustang color of Blood (from 19690). He could willingly include Garra (from 1971) in this list, but the masterpiece is Weather forecast (from 1973), in which bossa, samba, funk, synthesizers inherited from Stevie Wonder come together to create one of the greatest masterpieces of music – Brazilian or not – of the last 50 years. Weather forecast it is a balance of the state of the times, only served with a daring groove and a melodic inventiveness that is rare to find. And the “Mentira” wah-wah guitar goes very well in our fake news world. Accompanies with Jack Daniels without ice.
“The Robots”, 1978
To download a little rotation, nothing better than rediscovering one of the pioneering bands of electronics and the author of a number of tracks that you know but don't know whose they are – like “The Robots”, the opening track of The Man Machine. It is true that Kraftwerk may be, for the general public, a little cryptic, but not in The Man Machine, in which they concentrated on more pop and danceable tracks, with the stupendous “The Model”. The album had something of potential, exploring the relationship between humans and machines – and don't forget: in the end it will be the technology that will save us.
The album Closer it had to be on this list, if only because it contains the track “Isolation”, extremely appropriate for these times. In fact, the whole climate of dementia in Closer rhymes with the apocalyptic paranoia of supermarkets ravaged by panicked taxpayers, they will not run out of toilet paper during a flu. Closer, written in full new wave, with a minimal sound (guitar, bass, drums, occasional synthesizers) and metallic, full of echo, as if it came from the bottom of the waters or the top of a church, it is a record of a hellish suffocation, the suffocation of a man who he cannot escape himself, the awareness of his smallness, the awareness of his limitations in a savage and unforgiving world. Suitable for these days, and serves with gin (two doses for each half dose of tonic) without adornments.
There will come a time when children will become so restless that they will become unbearable. The pedagogical attitude in this situation is to close them in the room and feed them through a straw, while you and your lady (or any other possible combination, as long as mutual consent – and no animals, attention) put this masterpiece from 1981, which took funk to its most perfect path: the bed. There has never been a musician as sexy as Prince (at least under 1.70m) and if there is anything we should keep in this crisis it is our sense of sensuality – even if the nose drips and the body hurts. Because viruses have a harder time catching us if we are shaking our hips (Bonifácio's law). And if it's to die, let it be with a falsetto on the stereo.
We want to be free and do what we feel like, sings at some point Bobby Gillespie, the lead singer of the Primal Scream, in this masterpiece of debauchery, escapism, the desire to get out of the body, whether through dance, through substances – say – exotic, or the combination of the two. Screamadelica, in genesis, underneath all those layers, it is a r'n’b record, with that groove inherited from gospel and the guitars coming out of the most hellish blues. But on top of that, he took a brave layer of synthesizers and electronics, which Gillespie sipped in raves powered by MD, and became the revivalist album that was expected to be a fragment of the future, in which the beat always rises and the journey never ends.
“Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”, 1994
Bearing in mind that it is very possible that we will end up not seeing them live at Primavera Sound, because this situation will probably drag on and lead to the festivals closing, the attitude of a cautious person in such a crisis is: listen to the complete work of Pavement time and time again. Choosing a single Pavement record is a tragedy, a horror, a torture, which I feel obliged to, going against my beliefs, but perhaps Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain be the most catchy, the most eared, the most hooked, and God knows that everyone needs a little lightness and joy these days. Besides that, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (which is possibly the pinnacle of 90s indie-rock) includes the theme "Unfair", a guitar debauchery that includes one of my usual Jungle lyrics:
“Walk with your credit card in the air!
Swing your nachos like you just don’t care!
This is the slow sick sucking part of me
This is the slow sick sucking part of me ”
To this day, I don't know exactly what slow sick part of whoever it may be, but listen and tell of your justice. Accompanies with beer and pcp.
“Thank u, next”, 2019
In difficult times we need leaders, visionaries, wise people – as Ariana Grande proves to be in this tremendous song that is “thank u, next” in which, while thanking each ex-boyfriend for what he learned from each one, then as if to say "Come the next", because the battles are fought and, lost or won, there is a tomorrow to take over. So suddenly there are at least four extraordinary songs in “thank u, next”, perfect singles: “needy” (a vocal control from the other world), “NASA”, “7 rings” and the track that gives the album its title. It is the best r’n’b that has been done in recent years, anchored in the jazz and soul of the past, but without fear of taking chances. The perfect lightweight disc.
“Miramar Confidencial”, 2019
A universal rule of human behavior is that we want what we cannot have – which means that in confinement we look for escapism. And there is not, among contemporary artists, a greater master in escapism than David Bruno, the producer of the hip-hop group Conjunto Corona who, solo, is dedicated to exploring the sin, desire and matreirices of love that occurred ( or likely to occur) in his beloved Vila Nova de Gaia. The most recently Miramar Confidential has a concept that revolves around a swindler, Adriano Malheiro, and his loves – but it's just another excuse to create a record that sounds like the Miami Vice series soundtrack and has some of the best street and coupling language that was invented north of the Tagus. To accompany with Safari Cola and Coca da Gruta, Blu Curaçao with Ice Tea Gruta, Pisang Ambon with Fruti Gruta and Three Old Guys with Gruta Tónica.
Jungle Julia playlist
You may find it strange that in the middle of all these records I decided to include a playlist, but it is one of those brave salty snacks for when we are not in the patience to choose records but where each track is exactly that track we wanted to hear (and they all ask for mojitos) . George Michael's “Freedom” follows Dee-Lite's “Groove is in the heart” and right next we are in Whitney Houston's “I Wanna dance with somebody”. There's Stevie Wonder, there's Earth, Wind & Fire, the Commodores, Sebastien Tellier, Jorge Ben. And in the end, a brave smile that makes you want to say "Come here, if you have the courage, oh covid of bullshit".