Unable to leave us indifferent, Alex Brinken’s new collaboration with Melo-D fuses the funky and electronic sound into an energetic theme, which easily transports us to a dance floor.
The relationship between the authors of “Lets Funk“, started through a scholarship, to intern at the studio of the dj/producer and consequently teacher, Alex Brinken, but it didn’t stop there. Currently, they share the electronic music project J.A.M.
Considered as one of the parents of hip-hop in Portugal, it is undeniable to consider Melo-D as one of the pioneers of the genre in Portugal.
At 13, class breaks were spent writing rhymes, but it was in the 90s that he gained recognition. He started as a rapper for the project The New Decade, and together with Double V and Didi he created the collective The Family. Together they would record two songs, in 1994, included in the first Portuguese hip-hop compilation entitled “Rapública”.
But it was acid jazz, by Cool Hipnoise, which won him the prize for best Portuguese music album (in the extinct) Blitz awards of 1997, with the acclaimed “Missão Groove”.
In 2003 the musician emerges with his first solo album, “Outro Universo” (which includes the iconic theme “Boas Vibrações”), solidifying his career by being named album of the year by Ípsilon magazine from Público newspaper. This was followed by “Chega de Saudade”, Melo-D‘s second solo album, released in 2005 and produced in partnership with Little Jon aka Branko.
With a vast career, be it in collaborations, musical styles and even an academic career, more than a rapper, the artist currently considers himself as a musician.
Included in the album “Sou (l) de Lisboa” (2016), “Dinheiro” was recently filmed by Correio da Manhã and the result is available on Youtube and Facebook.
The theme made in partnership with one of the founders of the collective The Family, Double V, is a simple message, to remind us of the happiness that can be found in the simplicity that surrounds us, without the need to resort to money.
In an interview with Correio da Manhã, the group responsible for recording the video for Dinheiro, Melo-D explains a little more about the meaning of the theme, “Having a simple life without ostentation. I have a nice life with the family, two kids, and enough money to drink my coffees and occasionally give the family a dinner out. These are simple things that make perfect sense to me, and this is reflected in this song “
“Sou(l) de Lisboa” is the bet on risk, the result of themes created by Melo-D, reviewed with some freedom by the band that, constituted by a group of musicians mainly from the North of Portugal, affirming the Lisbon identity of Melo-D, as if it were a new nationality.