Various (mixed by Gilles Peterson) - Back In Brazil
Compiled by Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 1's world music expert, these two CDs would seem to be an excellent introduction to Brazillian sounds old and new.
The first disc houses fine jazz-inflected pop tunes, plus the occasional instrumental, from the 60s and 70s. Or easy-listening in other words - but don't let that put you off. Wilson das Neves' cover of California Soul alone makes this compilation worthy of a purchase. The vocal here is special, the sort of thing one imagines Nouvelle Vague might look to. An exotic yet accessible mix of tracks, disc one positively bursts with sunshine.
CD two explores today's diverse music scene, but with an emphasis on tunes that work on the dancefloor. Calma Mamma (GP Mix) could easily be mistaken for authentic Jamacian reggae. Otherwise the Brazillian flavours are more apparent, even when the genres are recognisable. Cleck Cleck Boom sounds like grime transported, and Baby, a far more pleasant listen, is mellow drum 'n' bass. The final quarter veers towards jazz; Aquilas Coisas Todas in particular is the sort of dreamy track which would sound lovely drifting in the air on a warm evening. Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that two of the acts on this disc - Bugz in the Attic and Jaydee - aren't from Brazil. Be assured, however, that their contributions are indistinguishable from the real thing.
Back In Brazil is a perfect compilation for the summer months. Any music lover with a sense of adventure should consider adding it to their collection.