DJ Cliffy has blessed us with another amazing collection of soulful tunes. Black Rio 2 - Original Samba Soul 1968-1981 packs 18 heaters into one inspiring session. Volume 2 covers possibly even more ground, from stripped down soulful recordings to some burning samba numbers, and plenty in between.
Gilles Peterson and Far Out Recordings head honcho, Joe Davis, released the first Brazilika compilation on Gilles' Talking Loud Label 15 years ago. To celebrate, they have unleashed a massive, 23 track look through Far Out's incredible output. This time around, the focus is mainly on the beautiful melodies that are the underpinning of bossa nova. Gilles has to be the most prolific and spot-on compiler of great music the world over and he delivers once again.
Nicola Conte brings us the follow up to last year's groovy Viagem set on Far Out Recordings. He keeps it true on the jazz tip while providing enough of the bossa influence to shine through. These are selections straight from Nicola's personal collection, which one can only dream of rummaging through for an afternoon (or a lifetime!). Here is what the man himself has to say about the new compilation:
“This is a journey through the jazz & samba sound of 60s
A new Wax Poetics issue always gets me excited and, together with SHOOK, is satisfying most of the void left by the departure of my beloved Straight No Chaser. This month rings even closer to my heart, as they present their first ever
While on the Brazilian reading tip, I also recommend Caetano Veloso's "Tropical Truth - A Story of Music & Revolution In