Various - Brazilian Beats Brooklyn
For five years, DJ duo, Sean Marquand and Greg Caz, have been running Brazilian Beats Brooklyn, a weekly night bringing Brazilian music to NYC. The latest compilation trading on their reputation certainly feels authentic. Besides the expected tropicalia, this trawl captures Grace Jones style funk (Agora E Moda), a percussion-only carnival number (Beija-Flor Suite) and 16 Toneladas (Sixteen Tons), a bizarre song with "cult item" stamped all over it. Yet despite the evident expertise and effort put into this track listing, the result is occasionally diverting rather than exciting and inspirational.