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The 2021 Far Out Recordings repress of Jose Mauro's Obnoxious on 180 gram vinyl and with an OBI strip. Mauro originally recorded this LP in 1970 for Quartin Records but he is said to have died in a car accident shortly before the album's release. This has lent his brief musical career a touch of mythology. Production on the record was cancelled after Mauro's death and it was never sold commercially until it was rereleased decades later.
The title track is a wholly singular piece of music, blending string-drenched melancholia with orchestral pomp, sunny psychedelic strumming with propulsive percussion, topped off with Mauro's yearning vocals. It is indicative of Mauro's unique blend of sounds from Latin jazz and samba to psychedelic folk and baroque orchestration. Jose Mauro's mournful and melancholic vocals create a dark, brooding atmosphere that has made fans of diggers including Madlib, Gilles Peterson, Floating Points and DJ Nuts. If that doesn't convince you to check this out, we're not sure what will.
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