I don’t even remember how I got to Transdutor’s website. Probably a stray Twitter search. Nevertheless, I was in an after-lunch coma, ready to give in to the grogginess when I plugged my headphones in to take a listen to “Preparado Para Locomotiva?” And boy, was I blown away. It’s a case of the perfect download at the perfect time. His album is overflowing with jumpy jungle beats, menacing drum&bass melody lines, and bucket-loads of Portugese rap-vocals that make this a monster 11-track album that runs a little over 46 minutes.
The album title translates to “Are You Ready for Locomotive?” but the rest of the track titles make little sense to my untrained eye. Makes me wish I could understand Portuguese. But in the end it doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that fast, aggressive riffs abound, peppered by a little hip hop, and a little ska. The perfect soundtrack for a groggy afternoon at the office.
Transdutor (which is Portuguese for “transducer”) is an artist living in Brazil who calls himself an AutoDJ owing to the fact that he is a solo act doing live P.A. as well as MCing to his own tracks.
Note to artists making your album available as a zipped file: Please, for goodness sakes, number your tracks in their proper order. After all, we all deserve to hear your music in the order that you decide.
Total size: 42.5 MB
Tracks: 11 tracks of 44.1 kHz stereo, encoded at 128 kbps.
Total running time: 42:46
Download direct link from Transdutor’s website (42.5 MB zipped file)