Various Artists

Favela Chic Postonove

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Favela is the Brazilian equivalent of the Jamaican shantytown or the American ghetto, and from it springs an incredible variety of sounds -- samba, funk, hip-hop, easy listening and even drum'n'bass during the late '90s and early 2000s. Although the Favela Chic club is an ocean away (in Paris), it's become a focal point of the favela sound. Favela Chic Postonove, the first volume in a series of mixes, re-creates a night at the club by packing in two dozen tracks that may result in a case of whiplash if listeners attempt to chart the styles on display (in that sense, favela has no specific "sound" to speak of, only an energy and specific quality of production that ties its tracks together). Here, Walter Wanderley's bustling and breezy "Batucada" gives way to an easy listening funk singalong ("Eu Também Quero Mócoto") from long-time Brazilian bandleader Erlon Chaves. Also given ample space is baile funk, an urban dance music heavily reliant on sample-laden party rap; highlights come from Batutinha DJ and Bonde de Gorila. But the energy displayed by these new-school artists is trumped by the artist with a longer resume than anyone -- Jorge Ben, whose contribution is the totally bonkers "Cuidado Com o Bulldog," which cycles between acoustic pop and heavy-riffing hard rock. (Most bizarre of all, however, has to be a cover of "Sixteen Tons" by Funk Como le Gusta.)

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