Samba de Futebol

COMPOSERS: Grupo batuque
LABELS: Far Out Recordings
PERFORMER: Grupo Batuque (percussion, vocals)
CATALOGUE NO: FARO 023

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If you’re still not World Cupped-out, this may be for you. GRUPO BATUQUE’s reissue unites ace Brazilian percussionists in pursuit of thunderous and vivacious samba and a repertoire that focuses on favourite songs of the supporters. A chorus of fans joins in at one point.

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They sing a lot better than ‘Ing-er-landers’, but the timbre is unmistakable and echoes the genuine crowd noises that punctuate the disc. These you really can’t get away from without giving your fast-forward finger RSI, since they are stuck on to the end of each tune along with stadium bands and snatches of astonishingly intense radio commentary – some of the more orgasmic cries of ‘Goal!’ are entertainingly remixed in a studio track. It’s a classic of sorts, but strictly for after-pub use.