On the 15th anniversary of its original release, Mais Um revisit a lost classic from the catalogue of one of Brazils most regarded and influential contemporary songwriters, Lucas Santtana. Remastered by German dub shaman, Stefan Betke / Pole. Featuring Tom Zé and manguebeat pioneer, Gilmar Bola 8, Lucas Santtanas 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse fused psyched-out samba and baile funk with original Black Ark-style studio distortion and spiritual dub dread, laying the foundations for his seminal Sem Nostalgia LP five years later, and in the process, establishing Santtana as an elemental force of Brazils current new wave.
Comprising four originals and four Santtana/Seleçao Natural dubs (plus a CD bonus track), 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse was and is a sound clash unlike any to have come before. Produced by Santtana and Recifes dubsetter himself, Buguinha Dub, each session was approached as an opportunity not to just record each instrument but to create an environment in which the studio becomes the centrepiece. Recorded and mixed entirely live as a group, with no overdubs, 3 Sessions feels uniquely intimate and relaxed (best typified by the bands chat in-between recordings). Tropicalia Icon Tom Zé features on Santtanas slightly zippier version of Zés samba dub Ogodô Ano 2000 and American journalist Phylis Hubers reading of an extract of Virgina Woolfs The Waves on the expansive 9min-long Balearic/afrobeat dub A Natureza Espera, is poignant and trippy. Santtanas take on Naçao Zumbis Pela Orla Dos Velhos Tempos, featuring original member and percussionist Gilmar Bola 8 on vocals, takes on techier references of the Detroit type, whilst vinyl closer Into Shade is a sumptuous psych rock dub ballad, co-written by Arto Lindsay.