Negrocan – Mare Baixa (Jazztronik Remix)
This track is definitely top 3 in my record collection. At the time of writing I really wanted to say it was the pride and joy because I remember waiting nearly four weeks for this to arrive from the south of France. I acquired this in the days before I got comfortable with iTunes and Shazam, I used to trawl through Juno and HTFR hunting for tracks that I’d probably heard on a LastFM radio shuffle. These were the days when LastFM was today’s Spotify, a place where I’d discover so many artists off the back of a cassette tape of Patrick Forge’s Kiss100 show on Side A and Gilles Peterson’s Radio 1 Brazil special on the Side B. This era kickstarted my seven year fascination with Brasilian music and rhythm.
I just remember being frustrated that I couldn’t source this track anywhere because at the time there were a few hundred or so limited copies and in those days, circa 2004/5 there was no such thing as repress. I didn’t have digital controller turntable type things, I had a shitty PC and quite an analogue setup consisting of a bunch of vinyl, a pair of Kam direct drive turntables and an upgraded mixer to include high, mids and low eqs. I was blending tracks, I guess that’s where my style was born, those late hours putting in work cross pollinating genres and sounds to see how well everything could fit together.
All I could think about was getting this record because I remember at the time I was going through a Negrocan, Brasil samba/bossa, Grant Nelson and Jazztronik phase. In all honesty it could’ve been that I really wanted this limited edition vinyl, although the original track was tough, there was something about the Jazztronik remix. I’m talking the sirens and then the unorthodox sounding drums and the guitar riff. It was perfect for my ears, especially when I eventually found it on Discogs. The asking price was rather Streep for me at that point, £25-£30, but I thought eff it and placed my order.
Listening to this track in these twilight hours brings it all back. A lot of the tracks I have on vinyl I don’t have digitised copies so at some point in the not so distant future I think I’ll treat myself to a pair of turntables. I miss the feel of mixing vinyl, touching the platter, pushing the pitch, twisting the mid point, filtering out frequencies to blend. I yearn to go back to the source…