Various Artists

Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Lounge

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Wonderfully slick, urban Brazilian music fills this CD from start to finish. The works are essentially what one would expect as ambient background music in a documentary on modern Rio, but the sound indeed goes past that somewhat. The basic format for much of it is electronica meets samba or bossa, but excellently executed. There are hints of something more adventurous now and then, but in truth it's not often the aim of lounge music to be adventurous as much as it is to be simultaneously relaxed and grooving. Standout tracks on the album include a remix of Bebel Gilberto's "August Day Song" by King Britt, a short vocal performance by Seu Jorge over the top of a funky cut from BiD, and the new bossa cut of Paula Morelenbaum that harks back directly to the work of Jobim and de Moraes, but with a tight little cut of drum'n'bass added in. A highly consistent album, rarely leaving the realm of the key groove.

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