Sángo’s New Album is Here to Kickstart Your Summer
The soundtrack to your next cookout
Just as winter is finally losing its grip on (most of) the northern hemisphere, the multitalented beat creator from Seattle known as Sángo comes through with another collection of fresh tracks inspired by its Southern counterpart.
If you’re not familiar with Sángo’s work, imagine something like Timbaland and Madlib walking into a Brazilian record store, sprinkled with a heavy helping of modern bass sounds. The end result might just come close to Sángo’s critically acclaimed Da Rocinha trilogy, a series of beattapes in which he took his inspirational cues from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.
Though he made a name for himself with that excellent batch of beats, the graphic designer turned producer isn’t content to rest on his laurels and just keep churning out similar material. Familiar though his latest album—De Mim, Pra Você (“From me, to you”)—may sound at first, a closer listen reveals him expanding on his Brazilian influences.
“De Mim, Pra Você is different from any Da Rocinha“, he explained on Twitter, “It’s more influenced by Northern Brazilian music. Black music. De Mim, Pra Você allowed me to seek for more history; more understanding; more roots. We are all influenced by one another. De Mim, Pra Você is sixteen tracks long. I’m tryna create my own sound and I want to be known for that.”
The album is still highly danceable, but this time around, it feels more intimate than its predecessors. Sángo might sometimes be lumped in with other electronic artists utilizing influences relative alien to western pop music, but his sound still hews closer to Dilla than Diplo, now more so than ever. Tracks like “Bem-Estar” or the album’s penultimate beat “Eu Te Devoro” build worlds you can chill and share a dance in with your significant. More cookout than club music, without losing any of its groove.
Suffice to say that when I was listening De Mim, Pra Você this morning, the sun started shining while I was only two tracks in, and I already found myself thinking of Ice Cube’s famous words:
“Today was a good day.”
Sángo’s De Mim, Pra Você can be streamed below, and is available on all major digital music platforms.