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Power Clown

“The eclecticism and organic warmth of Fila Brazillia’s electronica continue to amaze on Power Clown, one of their finest efforts to date. Laid-back jazz-funk grooves straight out of the ’70s are the foundation of the record, but hints of Stevie Wonder-esque soul, hip-hop, bossa nova, ambient, spacey techno, house, minimalist electro, big-beat and trip-hop all pop up here and there, as do touches of ethnic percussion, acoustic guitar, saxophone solos, new age-y synth flourishes, and the occasional odd vocal sample or sound effect. What really pushes Power Clown over the top, though, is that the group maintains their focus throughout, never meandering and changing things up often enough to keep the grooves from becoming repetitive. One of the finest and most over-looked electronic-dance releases of 1998.”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat No. T009. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 055). Format: CD/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: Design: Steve Cobby/David McSherry. Booklet: Neil McFarland. Layout: Mule/David McSherry. Release Date: 31 August 1998


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Luck be a Weirdo Tonight

Luck Be a Weirdo Tonight is Fila’s fifth full-length, marking yet another shift in its alchemical approach to music. It’s easy to keep up with the tongue-in cheek song titles (“Do the Hale-Bopp,” “Pollo de Palo”), but quite another thing to get a handle on what it is they do musically. You can’t sum Fila Brazillia up with a short phrase or half-baked genre grouping, probably because the duo’s grooves are so entirely immersive, you can’t and don’t want to deconstruct them.”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat No. T008. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 045). Format: CD/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: Mule/David McSherry. Release Date: 01 July 1997.


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Black Market Gardening

“When I first played this album I thought to myself I don’t have to listen to this more than once to tell anybody it is sheer brilliance, although I have listened to it more than once. In fact I have listened to nothing else since I got hold of it! It’s one of those albums you absolutely melt over with delight at its beauty.”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat Nos. CD – T007, LP – TT007LP. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 037). Format: CD/LP x 3/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: David McSherry. Release Date: 06 September 1996.


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Mess

“Fila Brazillia are back with some top funky chill-out gear to follow the wondrous Old Codes: New Chaos. And while the same – sublime blending of jazz, soul, funk and gentle acid surrounds the lazy breaks, ‘Mess’ sees them flip the script and get a little loose and, – just occasionally, a little loony riffs about beats, this album they’re bigger, phatter, chunkier than ever before.”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat No. T006. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 031). Format: CD/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: David McSherry. Release Date: 16 July 1996.


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Maim That Tune

“Only a handful of people are really aware of the existence of Fila Brazillia. Only their friends know what they look like. But that’s no excuse for ignoring this album. Don’t miss out on their quirky confectionary of reprocessed audio-etchings any longer than you have to. Going unrecognised has induced Fila to set their sights on becoming the terrorists of downtempo. Continually refusing to pander to mainstream diktat, the Brazillia boys have inoculated themselves against the music industry bullshit syndrome with some Do It Yourself vaccinations. They assault people’s musical sensibilities with a full-scale musical bastardisation. Which is the most likely the reason why they’ve been condemned to the outer reaches of their genre….”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat No. T005. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 027). Format: CD/Download. Country: UK. Artwork – Photograph: Michael Banks. Design: Mule. Release Date: 13 June 1995


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Old Codes – New Chaos

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“Buried Treasure… The one that got away. There can be little doubt that this is one of the best dance music albums ever made. Released in 1994, the debut album from Fila Brazillia was launched into a world before big beat and trip hop took hold, but after the first flush of Orb and ELF-inspired ambient. Coming after the initial chunky Leftfield-style house of the first Pork releases, but before the spliff took hold and Pork got stuck into their current down ‘n’ easy groove we now all love so well, this album is truly unique….”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat Nos. CD – T004. LP – TT004LP. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 014). Format: CD/LP x 3/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: Watercolour, Catherine Brennand RI. Layout: David McSherry/Mule. Release Date: August 1994. Discontinued 2014.