Various Artists

Favela Chic Postonove 2

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The second volume of tunes assembled by and for the painfully hip Paris nightspot Favela Chic is a surprising and far-reaching smorgasbord of Brazilian grooves both old and new. There's a superb mix of obscure samba cuts from the 1970s and latter-day material from the Trama label -- the common thread is the sublimely funky energy of all the songs, which goes well beyond the norms of most Brazilian music into a cross-cultural stratosphere that's pretty much all its own. If this set is even remotely representative of a typical evening at Favela Chic, fly to Paris posthaste, bribe the bouncer, and glide past the velvet rope. Highlights include "Favela" by Z'Africa Brasil, "Nao Pode" by Tony Bizarro, "Eu Bebo Sim" by Elizete Cardoso, and "Mamae Natureza" by Rita Lee.

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