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São Paulo Confessions

Suba

1999

São Paulo Confessions

Album Summary

São Paulo Confessions is an album by the Serbian-born musician Suba—his musical account of life in that humid, foggy, and manic megalopolis. Core musicians on the album are then 21-year-old vocalist Cibelle, and veteran percussionist João Parahyba; additional musicians include mangue band Mestre Ambrósio, and guitarists Roberto Frejat (then frontman of Barão Vermelho), Edgard Scandurra of Ira!, and André Geraissatti, and vocalists Katia B., Taciana, Joana Jones and Arnaldo Antunes.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

3425

Genres

  • Electronica
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4

Hypnotic and seductive. Interesting atmospheres that are simultaneously textured and smooth.

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4

I'm taken completely by surprise. I don't understand one word of this album, but it's one of the best recommendations so far! It's not perfect, but some of it is absolutely fabulous! First track was rough, but it picked up quickly. Great chill music.

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Dark, smokey, sultry. Rainy, late night mood music. Reminds me of Burial, and some of the darker, more ambient projects that came out of vaporwave (see 2 8 1 4). Favorite tracks: "Sereia", "Antropofagos"

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5

Loved this - never heard it before -

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5

Awesome, jazzy, dark-ish beats.

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5

Funky Latin fusion!

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5

5, nuts

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5

Very Island Outpost. Very Samba. This is such a snapshot of like the electronic, chillwave, house music scene of the late 90s. It is retrofuturistic, and oddly optimistic. 5 stars no comment.

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5

This is marvelous, i can't believe this exists

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5

Taken me a few days to digest this album, but Iv come to the conclusion this is an absolute masterpiece, no idea what any of the vocals mean but the whole ambience of the album is absolutely brilliant, some of the later songs reminded me of billie ellish, feel this must of be some sort of influence therefore still sounds so fresh in 2022.

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4

This is a welcome discovery - never heard of Suba! Getting a lot of Thievery Corporation vibes from it. It's been quite a while since I listened to any Thievery Corporation, but this maybe sounds better? A bit less plastic, a bit more authentic. Will definitely be revisting. Fave track "A Noite Sem Fim" for that awesome twanging noise. "Samba Do Gringo Paulista" had some great percussion lines, too....

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4

Chilled out Balearic vibes here… needs to be listened to on a Sunny beach!!

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4

fantastic percussion, and overall i loved the production on this, but sometimes the electronic sounds were really annoying. had a cool atmosphere, really made me imagine being in a big city at night. 7/10

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4

Really intriguing sound, I enjoyed all of these songs. Tragic that he died so young.

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4

Cool!

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4

Never heard of this guy - and really enjoyed this one. Bossa nova with a slightly experimental twist that stops it being muzak

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4

really nice!

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4

This is it! Update of the 60’s/70’s Bossa Nova, beautifully integrating elements of ambient electrinica, acid jazz and trip-hop. Very smooth and well produced. Music perfect for cocktails in a late night lounge bar, and just as well for an espresso on a Sunday morning on a sunny balcony or in a street café… Music to Dream to

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4

Hoera voor de afwisseling! Lekker relaxte muziek.

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4

trip hop style lounge muzak, but in a good way. Good background music. Liked it

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4

Very nice relaxation music

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4

very cool!!

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4

Odd. Jazzy.

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4

What a sweet album and wonderful global downtempo feeling throughout. Finding music like this is one of the reasons I love this project!

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4

Oh, my, this is great! Soooooo silky smooth without being schmaltzy. Really cool beats. Love the vocals.

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4

quite different to most albums on here, bit of samba and axe - with that late 90s worldwide take

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4

This was more fun than I expected. Bonus points, it's nice to see the authors find an electronic album from this decade that wasn't British.

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4

After listening to a fair amount of Brazilian music through this project, I feel as though this album is able to further incorporate it into popular music, this time with a more electronic downtempo base. The result works very well and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Unfortunately, the music does tend to slip into the background and the album itself is a touch too long.

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4

One of the reasons I am loving this challenge, is the exposure to music from other cultures, across the world. It is very exciting to get something that I am unfamiliar with. Overall I am enjoying this album and will definitely give it another listen down the line.

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4

Quitando alguna canción, me ha gustado más de lo que pensaba. 4.

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3

Jaunty

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3

Some really interesting ideas, but too long.

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3

Nao esperava ouvir musica brasileira aqui mas mandaram bem!

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3

Some interesting Latin jazz. Some of it hits better than others, but it’s pretty cool for driving around town.

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3

This album gave me some mixed feelings because I dislike most of the electronic music that I listened to in this list of 1001 albums, but this one has some very good songs. Since I speak Portuguese, I'm biased, however, I'll ignore this bias and make this electronic album the first 3 stars electronic album on my list. As a side note, it's very nice to discover new things, this project is really awesome.

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A to ci dopiero ciekawy pik, plyta artysty o pseudonimie Suba, ktory pochodzil z dawnej jugoslawii, nagrywana w brazylii, a wydana w belgii, jest to tez jedyna plyta z jego zyjacej dyskografii, ktora mozna znalezc, a co do muzyka ktora jest tutaj grana, to jest to ciekawa fuzja muzyki elektronicznej z rytmami latynowskiej hameryki, wiec przewszystkim acidowy jazzik, samby, polowa kawalkow to numery czysto instrumentalne, natomiast reszta zawiera spiewy roznych brazylijskich wokalistej, jakos lepiej slucha mi sie trakow bez wokalu w tym wypadku, wokale sa do zludzenia do siebie podobne, moze to jezyk, albo ich proba zgrania sie z downtempoym beatem, ale jednak cos mi w nic nie pasuje, kompozcje stara sie laczyc w sobie elementy muzyki elektronicznej z brzmieniem latino gitarowym czy tez perkusujnym, pojawiaja sie tez klawisze, ktore najbardziej urzekaja na traku na neblina, ktory brzmi jak cos co moglo wyjsc spod lapy nujabesa, az tak dobre downtempo, ale nie samymi wolnymi tempami zyje plyta, jak brazylia, to musi byc takze i samba, wiec znalazl sie i traczek samba do gringo paulista, ktory jak dla mnie brzmi najbardziej latynosko z calego albumu, wiec gringowi udalo sie przekazac swoje doswiadczenia z zycia latino, bo ciekawy wydaje sie zyciorys pana suby, emigracja z jugoslawii w 89, gdy panstwo chylilo sie ku nieuniknionemu rozpadowi, kariera za wielka woda w tytulowym sao paulo, a do tego zakonczenie tej kariery smiercia za swoja muzyke, staral sie ratowac z pozaru materialy ktore mial w studiu, pewnie z tego powodu tez sam pik jest na tej liscie, bo skoro starszych materialow nawet nie ma w szeroko dostepnym streamie, to prawdopodonie jest to przyklad tak dobrze znanego muzycznego life after death, ale dobrze ze pojawiaja sie rowniez tak swieze w swym koncepcie rzeczy, a nie sam brytyjski pop czy znane juz murzyny

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6/10. Might be worth a 7. Liked about every other song, but several annoyed me a bit

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3

Is this what Lo-Fi is? Ideal for listening whilst working. Innoffensive (unless the translated lyrics are troublesome) and chilled but not particularly memorable. My ignorance stops me from identifying what makes this album stand out from a million similar.

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3

Weeeeeeird

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3

This whole album is nice for city driving. Definitely captures that vibe well. Vocals are very hypnotic and sensual as well. I was gonna give it a 4 but it fell off a little for me, 3.5 down to 3.

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3

interesting latin proto-acid jazz. lots of skippable songs here but there's some interesting ideas.

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Klassieke latin-sounds met hier en daar wat Beat onder. Niet exact iets waar ik meer naar zou luisteren

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3

Wasn't expecting to like this but was pleasantly surprised.

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3

Half latin jazz, half mediocre electronica. Best track: Antropofagos

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3

Has some moments that drone on a little too much but overall a cool record. Will definitely be in my rotation for “music to listen to when reading,” which I think is worth something.

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3

A really groovy album!

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3

I'm not quite sure how to approach this album. It's good but I feel like I'm lacking knowledge of this kind of Brazilian electro bossa nova style, especially when it's come via the Balkans.

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3

Beautiful voice good lounge music

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3

This was fine, but too cool gen xer for me I think

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So - first listen I abandoned - almost 80% of the way and it did not engage me one bit - and was going to leave it there BUT then I decided to give it one more go to listen to while running and there it shone. This album wasn’t written to be listened idly in the background - it needs some form of physicality and that’s how I could appreciate it - the early 90s trip hop bossa nova rhythms and occasional dub is not necessarily my cup of tea but it won me over eventually.

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3

interesting listen but just okay for me

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3

This was a nice find. I don't usually like acid jazz, but this has some nice downtempo beats with a laid back Brazilian samba vibe and also a bit of experimental electronic so it was a nice change from the usual insipid and pretentious lounge music that’s so prevalent out there. I listed to it twice, once with headphones while spinning and also at my desk while working and I can say that it sounds a lot better with headphones on.

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In general, I'm a fan of the Brazilian-inflected Acid Jazz bands of the 90s. I wouldn't make any of them Desert Island Discs but they're good to cook to and safe for when you're having people over. I don't know why this LP would get selected over the many others. I like the opener and Felicidade, but some of the others drag a bit.

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3

Another I had just half listened to so will give a rating based on little thought.

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3

Mm okay

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3

If a speakeasy could be shoehorned into a Manhattan business tower elevator, this could be the soundtrack.

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3

Fairly energetic, in terms of movement rather than tempo, yet it's still background music for me.

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3

this was interesting. no idea what genre, but hints at electronica and bossa nova. its a unique listen with equal amounts of infectious grooves but with ear piercing effects

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3

Heel prima te hebben zo op een zaterdagavond. Had er nog nooit van gehoord maar relaxte muziek.

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Rating: 5/10 Bests songs:

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Suba and São Paulo Confessions were new to me. The album felt like it was somewhere in the middle of electronic, ambient, and club music. "Antropófagos" and "Segredo" were my favorite tracks, and "Pecados da Madrugada" had some interesting sounds. Some of the tracks had some odd sounds in repetition that kept me from enjoying the tracks completely. "A Noite Sem Fim" was my least favorite, which is a surprise because I usually like longer tracks on an album more. The track had too many sour electronic sounds. For my first listen this album feels like 3 stars, but I would be interested in hearing more from the band.

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3

Interesting vibes

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3

Not bad at all, quite relaxing and nice to find an artist I'd never heard of.

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3

Bueño

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1999 - Electronic music, Downtempo, Music of Latin America, Latin music, Acid jazz

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3.3 - I like some of the rhythms ("Felicidade") and sonic elements ("Na Neblina"). But taken all together, it's too lounge-y for my taste.

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3

File under the shit they play at boutique hotel pool areas

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I do imagine this is exactly what Sao Paulo feels like. LOVE Pecados da Madrugada!

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3

Great production, mixing and it flow, but the lack of actual songwriting makes it hard to really get into. I respect the blend of 90s electronic music with the Brazilian sounds.

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I liked this one for the most part. Had an interesting vibe that was also very relaxing. Good music to chill out to or have on as background music.

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Para saber

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Came into this expecting nothing. Never heard of Suba, don’t listen to electronica much if at all. I don’t speak Portuguese so I don’t understand a word off the album, but it is very much a nice easy listening album. I enjoy how much it flows from track to track: as a whole, very cohesive. Fav Track: Antropofagos 3/5

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Pretty good grooves, enjoyable. Not overly memorable but nice.

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Música brasileña modernizada. Se me ha hecho un poco largo y rollo al final. Pero bueno, un 3 por salirse de lo de siempre.

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nice

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The album is lo-fi electronica mixed with Latin american beats. It would be good to have on in the background at a low-key dinner or a chill-sesh. Best: Abraço; Samba Do Gringo Paulista Worst: Antropófagos 2.5 Stars

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This bored me. It just kept going and going. It never sounded any different, it never changed tempo, it just existed for an hour. It had no right going as long as it did. 2/5.

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Really long and weirdly experimental in a way that didn’t pan out super well in my opinion. Maybe another listen would help do it justice but I don’t wanna sit through this album again. 4/10

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I think this is an okay listen, but most of the tracks are just boring. Favorite tracks are Antropofagos and Ne Neblina.

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I usually like Brazilian music but really struggled to connect with this for some reason. The beats got more interesting and inventive as the album went on, so it *just about* scrapes a second star.

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Reading into the background of Suba they seemed to be quite influential in this very niche genre of 90s house/ jazz/ Brazilian samba music.....but despite initial intrigue I quickly got bored. Might be fun to listen to at a beach party in the background

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I did not care for it.

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It's fine. Good for background music. Listened to it several times today and nothing stuck. 2/5.

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Hm. Suba's death story is a sad one, but I can't say I enjoyed the album all that much. Not my genre anyways.

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Weird album, not bad background music though

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I'm not sure about this one... very easy to have on in the background. Maybe I'm uncultured but it's not really my jam.

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interesting Serbian and Brazilian, instrumentals were better, could be half as long, maybe less.

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Sade was better cut more mainstream.

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Tja, wel gezellig in de ochtend bij een bak koffie. Maar verder niet enerverend.

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Interessant banda sonora de la vida a Sao Paulo per part del malograt artista, que va perdre la vida poc mesos després de la sortida del disc. No m'ha transportat als meus mesos per Brasil ni és un disc que m'emportaria a una illa deserta però té els seus moments i, clarament, els seus mèrits

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Not for me.

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Uh... well, it's different. I'll give it that.

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Another token samba album

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Not much to say here, except that it was nice. Might just be tired, but it was nothing too stand out for me. Favorite track was Abraco because of the vocals.

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Take a slow and rather uneventful/boring genre like Bossa Nova and then inexplicably combine it with shitty electronic music and out comes this

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Seems to be a common trend of combining stereotypical electronica with various music genres, and in this case we see bossa nova (with elements of funk and Latino in specific tracks). A lot of it is trash and it's too long, but the vocalists meet my expectations, and some of the songs work super well. There's also a bit of versatility while still maintaining coherency. That is, some tracks like the first two flow super well, and nothing is too out of place (maybe in mood, but even the techno "Samba do Gringo Paulistica" fits with the spirit of the genre). Favorites: Tantos Desejos, Segredo, Felicidade

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Bad. A truly bad album.

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Nah

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What a load of nonsense. beats that go nowhere. can't tell the difference between tracks. Not a clue why this is on the list - I'm 100 days in and haven't had anything by the Beatles or Stones

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