Silent Selector Vol.3 - Kentachis

Silent Selector is a Mellow Orange mix series compiled by music enthusiast, who may or may not be relatively known. We hope to put a spotlight on our featured selector, just as much as we do with our music projects. Get acquainted with these selectors by getting in-depth with their stories, inspirations and influences.

Silent Selector Vol.3 - Kentachis


"Having spent part of my childhood in São Paulo, Brazilian music brings nostalgic memories of the past. I remember the bossanova band at the corner restaurant we used to frequent on the weekends, and the old folks playing the 'pandeiro' (Brazilian tambourine) in the main city plaza. Music was just another aspect of everyday life, the same way naps and soccer practice was. It wasn't until much later that I started to take real notice of Brazilian music, and odd enough, through discovering hiphop. I was fortunate enough to experience the tail end of 'golden age hiphop' in my high school days when artists like Pharcyde, TCQ and De La Soul sampled dusty jazz records. Ofcourse I didn't know what sampling was at the time but I did find out that Bossanova was conceived between Jazz and Samba. It was like all the dots connected in my head, I re-encountered the 'saudade' of Bossanova within those beats, and how much I yearned for that melancholic but cool vibe! When I moved to the United States for college I started to dig for Jazz, hiphop and Brazilian records like crazy, as if searching for a deeper connection within me. 


I've always wanted to make a Brazilian hiphop mix but never got around to it, partially because I find it hard to keep it ALL Brazilian style. I want to thank the MO famalam for the great opportunity to make this happen, it's been a long time coming. In making the mix, I feel I did a fair job in capturing the hiphop and Brazilian vibe equally as strong. I wish I included more Brazilian artists but there are just way too many dope tunes to squeeze in just under a hour. I guess I'll leave it to the next assignment. As the World Cup is approaching here in Brazil, I hope this mix finds a way in your summer party selection. Um abraço"

- Kentachis

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