Phillipi & Rodrigo - Paciencia


Phillipi & Rodrigo - Paciencia

The latest album release from DEEWEE, the record label run by Soulwax/2manydjs’ David and Stephen Dewaele, comes from Phillipi & Rodrigo. ‘Paciencia’ is the Brazilian duo’s 9-track debut album, recorded, produced and mixed at Studio DEEWEE in Gent (previously featured by Wallpaper). Boasting songs about the cosmos, relationships, nostalgia and signs of the Zodiac, ‘Paciencia’ is available from today on all formats.

The longplayer release coincides with the band’s new single ‘Barbarella’. Previous single ‘Retrogrado’ (out now), was accompanied by a video promo featuring Brazilian transgender activist and artist, Pepita, which has so far hit close to 200,000 views on YouTube. The track has had support from Paco Osuna, Auntie Flo, Sean Johnston, and more.

‘Retrogrado’ followed Phillipi & Rodrigo’s ‘Paciencia’, which was backed with a DEEWEEDUB. The release picked up plaudits from Lauren Laverne on BBC6 Music, Dazed & Confused, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Rinse France, Acid Stag, and a host of DJs including Âme, Mano Le Tough, Disclosure, Applescal, Elliot Adamson, nd_baumecker, Tiga, Joe Goddard, Citizenn, DJ T., Black Coffee, Carl Craig, and more. All vinyl copies sold out within 2 weeks.

Both Phillipi & Rodrigo have noted backgrounds (including producing Brazil's pop sensation Pabllo Vittar) and have had their fair share of hits (and parts to play in them), but the pair began this project so they could explore different sounds. Influences range from The KLF's book, ‘The Manual’, The Residents' ‘Commercial’ album, Joao Donato's ‘Quem é Quem’ and other Brazilian music. And, while they’re not part of any discernable scene, they cite friends such as Balako and Joutro Mundo as being on a similar vibe.

Described by David and Stephen as sounding “like Stereolab in 2019 singing in Portuguese while a Batucada band performs at a Brazilian beach techno party”, ‘Paciencia’ (album) begins with ‘Magnetico’, a languid, dubby start, that opens proceedings before the upbeat, organ-heavy psychedelic pop of ‘Retrogrado’. The melancholic ‘Minas’ (complete with beautiful piano, strings, and birdsong), is the first straight dance cut on the album, a torch song, sung, like the rest of the album, in Portuguese.

Previous singles, ‘Mantra’, (their second release alongside ’New Beach’ on DEEWEE017), and the equally acclaimed ‘Karma’ (released with ’Gueto De Gent’ as DEEWEE010) are also included. ‘Barberella’ and ‘Rotina’ show the depth and width to Phillipi & Rodrigo’s sound, before the album shifts gear with the slow techno groove of ‘Face’, and ‘Paciencia’ (single) closes the album with 5 minutes of hypnotic brilliance.

Art Direction: Ill-Studio, Paris