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A2 Intenso
B2 25

Free-spirited Firmeza is back, his production skills reinvested with pride. He fires off with two rare improvised vocal cuts over minimal, bouncy beats. This style of delivering vocals is commonly known as "animação", a sort of MCing, not so much to boast personal qualities or instigate people, more of a stream of consciousness thing. The free association of words and themes in both "AVAN" and "Intenso" recalls a more rootsy style of kuduro. You can choose to see a reflection of life in the projects when a police siren and occasional telephone "on hold" tones make their way into the groove, reinforced by Firmeza's active call of "Pode chamar!". Then the vocals drift away and after the break comes a most effective dj tool, in line with this DJ's style of hypnotic batida. "RRRRRR" moves up from his classic 6-minute "Alma Do Meu Pai" minimal jam, providing a fast, intense ride across the mutant world of techno as seen from the outside. In between a mesmerizing percussion marathon and the klang of an old school factory. If anything, Firmeza's percussive essence, much inspired by his guru DJ Nervoso, has progressed to even more uncharted intuitive ground, as proven by the powerful abstract statement that is "25". Everything bounces and the body bounces along, not sure of where it stands anymore.

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