Animal Numeral

A 11 track electropop album (56m 5s) — released October 11th 2019 on Slum Dunk


"I should like to see your blood, your brain on a chopping block, roasted."

This is Animal Numeral, Tetine's 20th album featuring a collection of discordant electronic pop, dissonant disco punk, dark sambas, and spoken word pieces, produced by Bruno Verner and Eliete Mejorado during the first semester of 2019 in Hackney, East London.

Animal Numeral is an electronic lyrical-melodic 'anti-pop'/leftfield dance experiment, both auto-fictional and autobiographic; unashamedly crushing together atmospheric & politically-charged drum-machine pop, futuristic goth sambas with elements of old school electro and spoken word, amidst lush, dense and dramatic soundscapes. A dystopian synthpop piece conceived as a 'no show' shout; a transitory re-engineering of temporal syntactic, physical-sensorial utopian accumulations, undisciplined feelings and memories; lyrically imagined in the form of a machinic-organic body of love, pain, pleasure and death drive.

This album finds Tetine's Brazilian anti-sacred tropical mutant punk funkpoetics, re-inhabiting physical and virtual post-human spaces & temporalities; countering straight time, the current territories of neoliberal psychism, and the new wave of global fascism/white supremacy; in ghostly songs of love, death and sex, surrounded by tales of genocide, immigration, post-capitalism depression, arsonism and other forms of contamination.

Animated by both the digital & analogue logics of semantico-mathematical ABCs and numbers, the shout is ever in process. Always in transition and never finished. So that its intensities & affects keep moving and changing fast. Or, in loud and clear Brazilian-Portuguese, like Tetine profess in the homonymous 'Animal Numeral' dark-samba that gives title to the record. "A hormonal animal, an artificial doll, or a spiritual archive? Of flesh and blood up to its neck & with its tooth exposed. A colonial animal; a racial animal still breathing the Imperial articulations. Contamination. Defamation, Inundation. Transitory and in the service of Gozo. Let this samba in, let this samba stretch". The 'no-show', therefore, being constantly and unregretfully practiced in the matrix, or else, uninterruptedly originated (there's no beginnings or endings) whilst it manifests itself through voices, numbers, magick, sound (and then vision), touch, sex, gozo, odour in mutant machines of lust.

Digital and analogue cannibals in perpetual movement; (a)-rhythmically and cognitively dissonant as they are re-engineered, invisibly re-programmed at each year, day hour, minute, second. That is, those who have been tested, tasted, racialized, sucked, and then cannibalized in massive cosmic portions of broken time and space. Where the illegal canibalia(tropical or not) incessantly procreates itself to eat your own heart, roasted. And where time is only a third-dimension construct for organizing realities or dreams. And where, we - numeric mammals - keep falling/dying with the demand to make choices.

"This must be the place, and this must be the race".

From our first improvisational sonic and lyrical pulsations along the past 5 years, anticipating the poetic cuts and expectations of such a "not-yet" dada-happening aural and multi-sensorial in the horizontal and vertical axes of EXU. That is, an inundation, intensely relational with other pasts, futures and worlds. Tarot or I Ching? Poetics, not aesthetics, for reasons many will understand one day.

Exu Afi, 2019


Tetine are formed by Brazilian musicians/artists Bruno Verner and Eliete Mejorado who have been living in Hackney in East London since 2000. The pair met in 1995 in Brazil while taking part in the local underground art post-punk scene of São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, and since then, they have been producing a multitude of singular works and actions through the hybrid universes of performance art, music, film / video and poetry. With more than 20 albums released by different record labels in Europe and Brazil (Soul Jazz Records, Slum Dunk, Mr Bongo, Bizarre Music) and several 12-inch singles and compilations, Tetine have been performing in festivals, art galleries, clubs, cinemas and theatres around the world, as well as making appearances on radio shows and devising hybrid and experimental projects around their music and art.

The duo's presentations, performances, films, installations or other actions have been shown in renowned institutions, museums and cultural venues including the National Museum of Contemporary Art & Sternessen Museum in Oslo, The Wire's Adventures In Modern Music in Chicago, Gorky Theatre in - Berlin, Barbican Centre in London, Venn Festival in Bristol, Serralves Museum in Porto, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, Palais De Tokyo in Paris, Liverpool Biennial, Bordeaux Biennial, Triennale di Milano, Atelier Claus in Brussels, South London Gallery in London among many others.

Tetine have also been instrumental in bringing the Brazilian underground music scene to the attention of the UK for a number of years. The duo compiled, produced and mixed the first ever album of Baile Funk (Funk Carioca) outside of Brazil - Slum Dunk Presents Funk Carioca Mixed by Tetine, 2004 released on Mr Bongo Records, as well as the acclaimed The Sexual Life of The Savages- an essential primer to early-80s Post-Punk from São Paulo, released on Soul Jazz Records in 2006. More recently, Tetine have also self-released a new collection of obscure post-punk cassette tapes entitled Colt 45 – Underground Post Punk, Tropical Tapes, Lo-Fi Electronics & Other Sounds from Brazil (1983-1993) on their own label Slum Dunk Music.

For more information, complete biography here:

The breaking edge of a gravity wave whose origins are located so deep beneath the surface of thigs that they might as well be invisible, Brazil's Tropicalia movement seems less like an unfolding aesthetic statement than a mathematical fold in reality. Thrilling and disturbing in equal measure, its innate absorption of avant-garde and popular forms opens up a hidden dimension into which everything must in the end disappear. This latest collection, assembled by Tetine's Eliete Mejorado and Bruno Verner from material primarily released on cassette and vinyl, is a warped exercise in extreme auto-cannibalism, cutting together wrenching guitar rock, minimalist keyboard electronics, no wave noise and new wave disco into weird and wonderful forms. - Ken Hollings Wire Magazine

What makes Tetine so good is that their off-beat, messy quality makes them natural, seemingly effortless, and therefore beautiful.” - Vanessa Labi URB, Chicago

Ingested with their history in mind,Tetine feels as playful as it is relaxed - soundtracking an artistic project that wears its authenticity, confidence and continuing need for experimentation proudly on its sleeve. Less ‘we do not give a fuck’, more ‘we do not need to give a fuck’ - a crucial difference in a music market riddled with attitude, desperately seeking substance. - Stuart Buchanan Fat Planet

As usual, real innovators like Tetine rarely get the props they deserve. So if the freaky tweaked electro-booty bop of Let Your X’s Be Y’s bring to mind the baile funk jams you’ve heard before, it’s probably because fellow Brazilian knuckleheads Bonde do Rolê and CSS copped their best moves from Tetine’s Bruno Verner and Eliete Mejorado, who started working as Tetine way back in 95 when DJ Diplo was just record nerd Wesley Pentz. - Tim Perlich Now Toronto

Art duo Tetine’s pumped-up punk-meets-funk sound and frenzied on-stage antics make them a creative force to be reckoned with. Having released a prolific eight albums and performed everywhere from Sonar to the Whitechapel Gallery, Eliete Mejorado and Bruno Verner are beacons of their native Sao Paulo avant-garde electronic underground.(...) his is the radical duo who have brought Funk Caroica – the intense lo-down Miami Bass driven sound (literally meaning “Funk from Rio”) – within London’s cultural radar. Their regular show on Resonance FM, ‘Slum Dunk’, has given essential exposure to Brazil’s most experimental soundscapes, covering electronica to post-punk, since 2002. - Aimee Farrell Fact

Tetine are Feminists, un-followers and inventors of their own scene; an uncut diamond. - Chicks On Speed Chicks On Speed

The gleeful merging of 80's synths, baile funk beats and Bruno Verner's non-singing voice allow them to push over an hour mark - Tim Jonze Q Magazine

Who let the cãos out? Those wonderfully crude, butt-bouncing beats from the favelas of Brasil known as funk carioca (or, often, Rio Funk) - sort of a cross between Miami Bass, ghetto-tech, electro and crunk - is becomingincreasingly popular in the northern hemisphere as of late. That trend will only continue with the release of the tons-of-fun Slum Dunk Presents Funk Carioca, courtesy of the South American music archivists at the UK's Mr. Bongo label. The album is mixed by the São Paulo - based art-and music-scene lunatics Eliete Mejorado and Bruno Verner, a.k.a Tetine. - Time Out, New York Time Out, New York

filthy, lo-fi blend of 80's hip hop, early 90's rave, wobbly bhangra, bruta Detroit techno, Miami bass, Kraftwerk samples and hilariously out of date synth stabs, plus bonkers MCs barking at you in Portuguese. Oddly, much of its synthetic, bleepy ringtone sound invokes UK grime (track 6 has clearly 'influenced our own MIA). Can't wait to hear more. - John Lewis Time Out, London - Critics Choice

Tetine are the two downright crazy Brazilians, Bruno Verner and Eliete Mejorado. Well, we can confirm the latter is off her box anyway. We've just seen a postcard of the pair posing outside UK supermarket Tesco; Bruno pushing a trolley in a beenie hat, Eliete stripped down to a gold sequened bikini and red lipstick. It's not so much the outfit that convinced us she's raving mad, or the fact that's she wearing it outside Tesco. It's because she's wearing this get-up in England. We're talking wet, windy and ferociously freezing. Superb! Blending electro with carioca funk and rap, this album is dirty, gritty and utterly underground. - Elle J Small F.Magazine

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