Guest Mixes

MIMS Guest Mix: Balako (Greco-Roman Records, Rio de Janeiro)

Soul & Funk Brazil Worldwide Sounds

Known for blending a vast array of styles from House to Salsa to Carimbo to ’70s Disco and Funk, Brazilian duo Balako (an ’80s slang word meaning ‘a good type of mess’) deliver a superb mix of summer grooves!

Inspired by their vibrant city and its unique inhabitants named Cariocas, they strive to capture the essence of live music in Brazil, and the result makes it hard to sit still! “Rio is a city surrounded by chaos and social injustice, its people often angered by the corruption and fragility of its make-up, but still we find a reason to smile and have fun… while still hustling” says Diogo. “As Tim Maia once joked: ‘Here the pimps feel jealous, the drug dealers get coke addictions and poor people are right wing.’ Contradictions like these create a lot of depth and inspire us to keep creating. Sometimes it feels like surrealism but it’s actually magical realism.”


1. D Train – Keep On (François K Dub)
2. Balako & Manoel Cordeiro – Aquarela Da Lá
3. Joutro Mundo – Flechas No Ar
4. Eric Duncan – Keep Holding On
5. Justin Van De Volgen – Foog Flying (Justin Van de Volgen Edit)
6. T.A.K.E – Praia do Nascer do Sol
7. Chicken Lips – Is That You Or Me (Ivan’s Flute Mix)
8. Vagabundo Social Club – Disco Criollo
9. Darius Syrossian – Dance Of The Shaman (Man Power Remix)
10. Austin Ato – Ben’s Groove


Balako’s Latest Release “Jungle Music”
Greco-Roman Records



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