Warm Up To The Top Ten New Tunes

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/25/2015 - 02:39 pm

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Listening to The Sounds of Brazil is a great way to deal with winter and I thought it would be fun to give you these thumbnail reviews of the newest additions to our ‘Always Live’ playlist!

Which are your new favorites? Watch the videos and give us your picks at the bottom of the page. Here they are: 





‘Nao e Um Bolero’ (It's Not A Bolero) by Djavan. Call it a 'second wind' or perhaps a creative revival, but there's no doubt that Djavan is at the top of his game with this new single; the first of several which will carry his songcraft well into 2016. No small wonder that Djavan was given the Latin Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in Las Vegas last week.

‘Azul Da Cor Do Mar’ (Blue Is The Color Of The Sea) by Ivete Sangalo. This re-make of Tim Maia's soulful 70's hit is a perfect balance of passion and respect for the original, and updated with a style that will make you want to hear it again, right now. Kudos, Ivete!

‘Rainha’ (Queen) by Toco, featuring Nina Miranda. It's been a long while since Toco gave us something new to enjoy, but this song proves that it was worth the wait. His signature style delivers a breezy bossa that perfect for your busy day and sharp-eared fans will be happy to hear what London's Nina Miranda does with the mix. Sweet. 

‘A Noite’ (The Night) by Tiê ("Chee"). Several new names grace our top ten list, and once you listen to her sing, you'll probably agree that Tiê has bright future. This is from the Sao Paulo singer's third album 'Esmeraldas' and is currently nominated for Song of the Year in Brazil. 

‘Saudade Vem Correndo’ by Bebel Gilberto. From an album that just keeps on giving, this song is a sweetly rendered Bossa nod to another Stan Getz hit (with Luiz Bonfa, also in 1963), originally sung by Maria Helena Toledo. And isn’t it nice that Bebel always remembers her roots?

‘Driving Ambition’ by Eliane Elias. The latest single from what could well become one of her all-time best albums, because we've barely scratched the surface. This top ten tune features an urban bossa groove and layered vocals from Mark Kibble of Take 6. 

‘Eu Tô Com Você (I'm With You) by Tamy. Delicate, that's the word to describe this drift-away song from Tamy which comes from the 'love and surf' teen movie, A Onda da Vida. Brazil saw its release in 2012 but the album is just now being released here.

‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’ by Vanessa da Mata. Listeners who recall 2007's 'Boa Sorte/Luck' with Ben Harper know that da Mata is hugely talented, and for the rest, this song erases any lingering doubts. In short, da Mata has completely reinvented this John Denver hit with a version that's sparkling fresh.  

‘Esquecimento’ (Forgetfulness) by Skank. Where have these guys been for the last decade? Mired in Brazilian Rock and at the top of a short list of the country's all-time most popular bands, that's where. But this is a different side of Skank: a more acoustic, 'unplugged' sound that takes them (and us) to a pretty special place.    

‘Quando Voce Olha Pra Ela’ (When You Look At Her) by Gal Costa. Let's see... Ivan Lins on the rise? Check. Ditto for Djavan? Check. Not so much for Caetano Veloso these days but here's a surprise song from Gal Costa, whose voice caresses and soars over the tunes' electronic underpinnings like an ocean breeze over a Copacabana high rise.