V/A – Essential Brazilian Flavas

Subtitled ‘From Barrio Beats to Funky Bossa’ the sleeve notes emphasise that there is not one single style of Brazilian music as, equally, there is not one particular style of [insert any genre you like]. And do these 14 selected tracks go on to prove the point? Yes they do but perhaps it tries too hard which is a shame.

It features music from the film City of God and three TV adverts including the rap-funk hit ‘Follow Me, Follow Me’ of Tejo, Black Alien Speed (it’s the one where the Nissan 4X4 lead car followed by muddy marathon runners through the city streets). Jorge Ben gets two tracks and both are superb; ‘Carolina Carol Bela’ and the classic, ‘Take It Easy My Brother Charlie’.
The Bees are from the Isle of Wight and are more of an indie band. But they kick-off here in fine 70s style with ‘A Minha Menina’ that was apparently on a Citroen TV Advert. Infrared chips in with a Drum’n’Bass hit. Marcos Valle’s ‘Parabens’ is simply class. The original version came out on Far Out and was featured on Gilles Peterson’s Brazil double CD compilation (Ether, 2004).
The set closes with the brilliant bossa night club crooning of Lennie Dale on ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’. It was originally released in 1965 so where else can you get it? The downside is the stuff that is on the edge of making it, such as the hip hop, scratchy, funky disco flavas do not sound so great in comparison. On balance, more good than bad.
UK release date: 5 April 2004. (Outcaste)
1. Jorge Ben – Carolina Carol Bela
2. The Bees – A Minha Menina
3. Marcos Valle – Parabens (Buscemi’s Jungle Jazz Mix)
4. Stereo Maracana – Freestyle Love
5. Sen Jorge, Antonio Pinto, Fabio Goes and Edmilson Capelupi – Convite Para Vida
6. Tim Maia – Acenda O Farol
7. Cibelle – Trains
8. Winson Simonal – Nao Vem Que Nao Tem
9. Jorge Ben – Take It Easy My Brother Charles
10. Fernanada Porto – Sambassim
11. Everything But The Girl – Corcovado (DJ Marky Remix)
12. Infrared featuring Gillfelix – Capoeira
13. Tejo, Black Alien Speed – Quem Que Caguetou?
14. Lennie Dale And The Sambalanco Trio – The Lady Is A Tramp

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