Fila Brazillia is an electronica collaboration from Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire in North-East England. Formed in 1990 by Steve Cobby and David McSherry. They play electronica, ambient, techno, rock, funk and dub, and are often described as downtempo.
Their early releases on Pork Recordings (also based in Hull), Old Codes New Chaos, Maim That Tune, Mess, Black Market Gardening, Luck Be a Weirdo Tonight and Power Clown followed. After creating their own music label with Sim Lister (Twentythree Records) in 1999, they released further albums A Touch Of Cloth, Jump Leads, The Life And Times Of Phoebus Brumal, Dicks and Retrospective.
Note* The Fila Brazillia back-catalogue also moved to Twentythree Records.
They also released a DJ mix album for the Azuli Records Another Late Night series, Another Late Night: Fila Brazillia in 2001 and Another Fine Mess : Fila Brazillia in 2002. Their collaborations include working with Harold Budd and Bill Nelson to release Three White Roses & A Budd. Cobby and McSherry have produced more than 70 remixes for artists including Black Uhuru, Busta Rhymes, DJ Food, Lamb, Radiohead and The Orb.
In May 2005 at the Brighton Festival, Steve Cobby was one of the friends and collaborators who joined the American composer and recording artist Harold Budd onstage for his farewell concert.
Fila Brazillia music has made its mark both on small-screen blockbusters (such as CSI Miami and Sex and the City) and cult cinema films such as Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants and Once in a Lifetime (documentary), a 2006 documentary about the New York Cosmos soccer team.
After releasing their "Retrospective" album in 2006, Cobby and McSherry quietly ended their longtime partnership. Currently, McSherry is a lecturer in Audio Production at the University of Lincoln. Cobby went on in late 2006 to form Steel Tiger Records with Sim Lister. Since 2006 the label has produced various digital and CD releases by J*S*T*A*R*S (Cobby and Lister), Peacecorps (Cobby and guitarist Rich Arthurs) and by The Cutler (Cobby and ex-head of Pork Recordings David "Pork" Brennand).
Fila Brazillia interviews
Toazted 2006 (mp3 - should open in your preferred audio/media player) | The Big Chill Forum Interview 2004 | In The Mix 2004 | BBC Collective 2003 | The Big Chill 2002 | XLR8R 2000 | The Guardian 1999 | The Big Issue 1999
Fila Brazillia gig reviews
Fabric 2000 - Guardian Review
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Mixcloud - Pork's picks
A series of mixes created by Porky of Pork Recordings taking in the entire gamut of the music created by Fila Brazillia.
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Fila Brazillia discography (including remixes) at Discogs. Discogs is a community-built database of music information.
A Fila Brazillia photostream is available on Flickr.
See information for Fila Brazillia on IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
"Like few other neo-instrumentalists, Fila Brazillia's fusion feels natural and relaxed: loose, inflated grooves float along like dirigibles riding on warm wafts of sustained organ, low-frequency scrabbling, and reverb-drenched solos. By shifting subtly from jazz to funk to sylvan ballad, Fila Brazillia manages to sidestep the trappings and the criticisms of "electronica" - and kick out some amazing music in the process. This Luck ain't dumb." - Dan Sicko 1997