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jason on 05/03/2012 at 10:55AM

MP3 of the Day: Axial, "Papaloko"

Axial, from São Paulo, melds traditional music of Brazil, Haiti and Africa with contemporary electronic and electroacustic sounds. The result is a bit like Björk mixed with Ceu. The group consists of core members Sandra Ximenez (vocals, keyboard), and Felipe Julián (bass, computers, production), with Yvo Ursini (guitar) and Leonardo Muniz Correa (sax/clarinet).

"Papaloko" is the opening track to Axial's 2004 debut LP, "Vol 1." Axial have since released two more albums under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licenseSimbiose [2011], Senóide [2008].

Axial's website includes many side projects like a live soundtrack to Buster Keaton silent film and podcasts about digital culture. Their latest project, Bagagem is a free software for music distribution used by fellow contemporary Brazilian artists like Chico Correa (who Axial cover on their latest album)

Axial - "Papaloko" (05:38)
Axial - "Papaloko" (05:38)
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