Various - Sound Affects: Brazil

Sound Affects: Brazil follows on from the African volume, with all involved artists again giving their work for free and proceeds going to fund sexual-health education in the highlighted country.

Focusing on music from Brazil, disc one draws on such genres as bossa nova, jazz and soul, and features tracks from the 1960s to the present. Highlights include Cosinha II (perhaps best described as carnival jazz) and the smooth, balmy Capoeira Love Affair. However, the undisputed stand out is Deise Tigrona's Injecao. An example of baile funk, the rapid beats, fanfare of horns and in-your-face vocals contrast rudely with the rest of the track listing. The currently hip M.I.A. is a fan.

Disc two features the same tracks as remixed by names more familiar to UK listeners. Amazonas, the original an odd a cappella mixture of beatbox and yodelling, fuses well with Fatboy Slim's daft style, but Adam Freeland's turn just made me wonder what happend to the man who made the excellent Now & Them earlier this decade. The honours, then, go to a trio of drum 'n' bass reworkings (Urubu No Telhado (MJ Cole), Nebulosa (Nu:Tone) and Segunda Feira (Bungle)) which exploit the genre's affinity with snatches of exotic sound and vocal.

If Sound Affects: Brazil isn't quite as eye-opening as the previous volume, it's still intermittently interesting and a cut above most charity musical projects.



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