Starting off with a really laid back and mellow tune from Rio's FABIANO COSTA, as the hazily dreamy melody played throughout is being met by all of this fluid drum beat, boasting really crisp drum patterns and the unstable laughing from Rugal, the King of Fighters mainstay, who is sampled a lot throughout all types of funk music. Just wanted to start off with something tame, because man, you are about to experience some really ridiculous shit throughout this list.
Spill some Rihanna into my funk music, and you get an absolutely beautiful abomination of a remix from Belo Horizonte's DJ NATTAN. Take that uniquely sample-based style and add in one of the best pop songs in recent memory, you get an undeniable hit with this one. It's a bit more cheery than the original, and the way NATTAN manipulates Rihanna's voice into an almost robotic reconfiguration of herself is just fucking insane. A perfect song to introduce yourself or a friend to one of the craziest music cities on the entire planet right now.
Here, we have Vitoria, Espírito Santo's DJ MOÇIN DO SD give us 5 minutes of the crispiest remixes to popular funk tunes that you will hear from any corner of the country. The "Finigold" beat is derived from the "Serie Gold" beat that is super popular in a lot of Rio/ES-based funk, as it is very reminiscent of most of the funk that you think of, however it's super high-pitched and almost McDonalds-Sprite-like, because it's just so damn crisp! My favorite part here is when he takes MC PEPEU's hit "GOSTOSINHO TU CAI" at around 3 minutes and rejuvenates it with that forcefully energetic beat to give it new life. Something to get the limbs moving like crazy.
Now, enter the world of Weird Baile, a stacked collective of producers that really push the absurdity of funk music to another level. With folks like Vhoor, Mu540, and O DESTRUIDOR DO FUNK, you are getting the best of the best of funk right now. Volta Redonda's DJ RaMeMes is without a doubt one of the best producers right now, as they have broken through to be a household name throughout the last year or so, really blurring that line between true boots-on-the-ground funk for bailes and the ridiculousness of the internet. Here, RaMeMes creates this world-ending explosion of bass terror that feels like an incoming AC-130 is coming down to obliterate your house. If it's not rattling your sound system, then you're listening to it wrong.
95. DJS VINICIN DO CONCÓRDIA E RUAN DO 1 ft. MC'S MINININ, RD BALA, MAGRÃO NC E KN BH - AONDE EU SOU CRIA
Here's a heater from Belo Horizonte's DJ VINICIN DO CONCÓRDIA, one of the many mad scientists making BH one of the best cities in the country. This tune feels almost ritualistic in a way, as these buttery horn lines put you in a lucid trance, but it's the violent clicking thuds at the drop that brings you back to reality. Its combination makes this one really hard not to skip whenever it comes on, as its the closest way to feel the atmosphere of what a true baile is like.
Now we go from BH to São Paulo, aka The Land of Tinnitus, as this is a great example of the absolute what-the-fuckery coming from this crazy city, as funk mandelao has resulted in 100s of mutations and different styles over the last few years. Over time, funk there has just gotten noisier, even more overblown, and just damn good and inventive. All you need is high pitch screeches, thumping kicks, and bird noises, and you get crazy ass bangers like this. HUGE ASS LOUD VERY BAD FOR YOUR EARS WARNING here, so if you care about that shit, be sure to put your volume slider on 1%, as it'll probably still be loud. Don't say I warned you...
93. DJ WIZARD - 2U
In São Paulo, if it's not ear-piercingly loud and trying to destroy your entire family, a lot of the funk there is borrowing influences from EDM music that you would hear at the Ultra Festival that your annoying cousin dragged you to one summer. DJ WIZARD is seriously one of my favorite DJs out of São Paulo, as they really are a mixture of that EDM-sugar-filled goodness and the outer-space-alien-like tendencies of the city. "2U" is something that has been velcro'd to my brain already, as this Swedish-House-Mafia-ass song has been one of my most played songs on here. It's part doing-skill-moves-on-FIFA-practice-mode, part European-YouTube-Intro-Music, and god damn do I love it because of that. Super cheesy, barely even reminiscent to funk music, and just a really good time.
DJ NK DA SERRA is another one of the producers in BH who is really making this unique style so damn good, as he really leans into that atmospherically emotional side of BH. Here, this remix feels like an emo love song that has a really similar chord structure and vibe to classic Latin freestyle ballads that the genre, as a whole, owes so much to. It's so different from the original, as this one is so empty, consisting of that robotic voice line, echoey ambiance, and the sad croonings of DomLaike himself. A banger to put on while driving at night.
More atmospheric BH goodness, but this time, DJ VITÃO DA ZL is now up to the plate with this dark mysterious cloud of sound that is just creeping up on you from the start. Those slowly stalking synth lines set the ominous mood, but then you meet these stupidly-high-pitched strikes that come in later that feel like you're banging a mallet on the last key of a xylophone with all of your might. Mashing these two contrasting sounds together, and adding in the singing and MCs going off, this feels like this belongs at a party in hell. It's unsettling, unique, and hurts my damn ears lol.
Here's a true exhibition of why I love funk music so fucking much. Get a super popular song that TikTok addicted folks know, put 4 nuclear bombs over it, and you get gold like this. It barely has 3k plays but Vila Velha's DJ BIEL CAPIXABA has created this world-ending remix that would vaporize anyone who considers themself a mixer of music. Every single aspect of this is overwhelming; it envelops every crevice of your existence, and it's laughably loud. Take this as a lesson to take care of your ear health.
CL FAIXA PRETA is someone who just loves conjuring up strange ass beats, however this one might be the weirdest of them all. It's so incredibly barebones, but it somehow feels like a hydraulic press to your eardrums, as the pressure coming from the bass being used here is so uncomfortable. Add in those creaky metallic hits that sound almost child-like, plus the occasional flute line that can hypnotize a nation, you have something has you scratching your head the entire time while also shuffling all over your floor. So hard.
BH's DJ ZL is another one in that ridiculous city making heaters more vaporizing than the sun itself. With how modular BH funk is, you get so many differing realms of insanity however, they all keep the essence of the city in its with sound. Like for real, where the hell else could you get a song that sounds like you are strangling a rubber chicken while they have these low horror movie strings stalk you? There's really no place else. Just pure insanity.
Just from the cover art alone, you know damn well this is going to scare the shit out of you, and that is exactly what Serra, Espirito Santo native DJ JS DO MARTINS accomplishes here, as this funeral song is just unsettling and macabre from the start. You have these really somber strings and this fleeting choir stagnate throughout this murky experience as this really strange beat drives the tune as it sounds like someone is trapped inside of damn beat itself. Just creepy genius from another mad scientist in the country.