Top Ten New Songs Spring 2016

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 05/07/2016 - 07:36 pm

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Listening to The Sounds of Brazil is a great way to get the most out of spring 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: 


‘Atotô’ by Tamy. Although the album drifts haphazardly through a series of quasi-club tunes and remixes, ‘Caleira’ has hidden treasures of the best musical kind, and in this regard ‘Atotô’ The title (apparently a salutation to the Orixa God Omulu) camouflages a breezy romantic Bossa that’s perfect for whatever reason. And Tamy has a beautiful voice here. Our advice? Check in with the Orixa to get rid of your Disco Fever. 

‘Eu Sem Voce’ (Me Without You) by Monique Kessous. Will this be your introduction to MK? If so, you couldn’t have picked a better song from her upcoming album, her third. Possessed by with a clear voice and a style that hints at genuine warmth (always a good thing), Kessous uses the simplicity of the melody and lyrics in a subtle, understated way. And if her voice sounds familiar, it might be because she’s a studio veteran, with dozens and dozens of credited covers.  More to come from Monique, we’re sure. Brava!

‘Felicidade’ (Happiness) by Seu Jorge. With just about every Brazilian casa having some sort of churrasqueira (a permanent, wood charcoal rotisserie) in the back yard, we’re surprised that someone didn’t think of this before: an album filled with great tunes for chillin’ and grillin’. Steppers will move to the smooth groove Seu Jorge throws down. Ok, so maybe it’s more Motown that Mangueira, but what’s not to love? Add friends, skip the soy burgers this time and light it up! 

‘Fullgás’ by Rosalia de Souza. A remake of Marina Lima’s smash hit from 1984 could be considered risky business for most musicians: the original still carries status with epic Brazilian pop rock. So it is telling that, in the first 20 seconds, de Souza reinvents the song and its mood, giving it a vitality and energy that contrasts Lima’s. If you’re looking for a Brazilian anthem for the sunshine season, this could be yours.

‘Galapagos’ by Skank. This tune’s GPS is probably the only place near Brazil where it isn’t a hit. There’s a music box quality roiling under some very tasty guitar hooks that frame Nando Reis’s laconic vocals, and the spellbound story of these iconic isles gets through without translation. Here’s hoping the group can keep the magic flowing with their next release…

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‘Killer Joe’ by Antonio Adolfo. Even in his passing, Manfredo Fest has kept a firm grip on the title of ‘Brazilian Jazz Piano Master’ but if you’ve been waiting for the right someone to put in a worthy claim, Antonio Adolfo has earned the nod. His latest, a samba jazz rework of Benny Golson’s timeless tune exports the melody to one of Rio’s top horn sections, allowing the rhythm and his talent at the keys to shine smoothly. Ditto for the guitar. Worth a concert grand.

‘Lábios de Mel’ (Lips of Honey) by Ivete Sangalo and Criolo. Rapper and vocalist Criolo may be a new name to some, but (setting aside my own personal #meh for Rap, generally) he is a musical force to be admired, especially when the music flows to Tim Maia’s soulful 70’s, Urban R&B. This song is wicked great, it’s impossible to not let it move you. How good is Criolo here? Listen to what happens to Ivete when she’s singing with him. Respect. 

‘Na Aurora Ate O Luar’ (From Dawn To The Moonlight) by Marisa Monte and Dadi. Brazilian binge-watchers know this song very well: it’s heard on the novela ‘Velho Chico’. But, how this drop dead dreamy, driftaway song didn’t make it to Monte’s ‘Best of’ album remains a mystery, especially when you consider what was selected instead. We think that it’s one of her very best, and when it comes to Monte, that’s saying a lot. A. Lot.

‘O Tempo É Aqui’ (The Time Is Here) by Toco. A sultry (and sometimes edgy) samba that percolates beneath Toco’s languid vocals, ‘O Tempo’ carried his trademark knack for always finding the groove. With three top-notch albums under his belt, it’s a shame that Toco had to make it in Italy in order to make it in his hometown of Sao Paulo; ultimately providing the city with an embarrassment of musical riches. Get it?  We do, and are thankful for it!

‘Some Enchanted Place’ by Eliane Elias, is the latest from an album that just keeps on serving up great tunes and its shame that she just can’t keep adding new ones to the song list. The lyrics seem autobiographical, but it’s the irresistible hook that’ll draw you in - and keep you there. No surprise that ‘Made In Brazil’ (with a ‘Z’) is a Grammy winner.