I came across this little sweet find in the cheapy bins (yes the bargain bins can still hold many great finds). This is a little 45 EP from Hyldon’s seminal 1975 album Na Rua, Na Chuva, Na Fazenda, an album that is one the great examples of samba soul among others by kings of Brazilian soul composers like Tim Maia, Cassiano, and Jorge Ben.
Hyldon a native of Bahia, the northeastern state in Brazil, hit a cord in ’75 with this little piece sweet music. With it’s spare use of percussion and a nice acoustic warmth that successfully fused the imported influences of American soul with the light percussive rhythms of the samba.
Interestingly, in a recent interview, Hyldon admits he was actually turned off by the James Brown brand of funk, in fact he says he couldn’t stand him (maybe he didn’t get to check out his earlier work?), but instead fell in love with the smooth soul stylings of the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations. Hyldon, unlike his contemporaries who possessed a greater vocal range ,made the best of it with some sweet instrumentation and a sparkling production style that really shines. Despite that, his success was rather short lived and he mentions creative tensions with label execs. that pressured him to follow up his debut with a copycat album of more of the same.
So here’s two cuts off this little EP, the kind of tunes i like to enjoy when i need a break from the busier more “dancefloor material” and I just want to relax. “Na Rua, Na Chuva, Na Fazenda” is the now semi-famous tune, since its inclusion on the City of God soundtrack, in which Hyldon sings of his troubles forgetting a lost love, and “Sabado e Domingo” a song on reflections of God and spirituality. Enjoy the tunes. EB