Da Cruz – Disco e Progresso (Boom Jah Records / Broken Silence, 2014)
Swiss band Da Cruz play a modernized version of Brazilian disco. It’s got funk, Brazilian samba and even an Afrobeat brass feel which makes it more exciting than the regular cheesy disco music of the 1970s.
The band is led by Brazilian vocalist Mariana Da Cruz who brings an authentic flavor to the band’s music. Disco e Progresso is a two CD set with one disc called Bright Side and the other titled Dark Side.
As the title indicates, Bright Side showcases the easygoing side of Brazil with a nice mix of dance tracks and Brazilian pop. Disc 2 features cutting edge rhythmic electronica with Portuguese-language vocals.