I wanted to write a little review on music here, as I believe 2014 was an outstanding year for Brazilian music.
Of course, my personal taste is going to be reflected here. That being said, don't expect to see sertaneja songs or funk probidão around here….
CRIOLO- CONVOQUE SEU BUDA
This album is chocked full of different musical genres, just as Criolo's first venture into the musical world with his album ''Nó na Orelha.'' This album is a little bit more grungy, has a bit of hip hop undertones, as well as reggae. Of course, Criolo doesn't forget his roots and has some super traditional Brazilian sounds, as well as a few songs that sound like they came straight out of carnaval. I suggest a listen, its a really fun album!
My favorite tracks are:
-Esquiva da Esgrima
-Cartão de Vista (Feat. Tulipa Ruiz.)
-Fermento pra Massa
BANDA DO MAR
A combination of Marcelo Camelo and his girlfriend Mallu Magalhães, this CD packs an awesome punch. It's got a very earthy, beachy Brazilian vibe. It's reminiscent of Marcelo Camelo's solo works, with a twist of funky Mallu Magalhães style.
My favorite tracks:
ANELIS ASSUMPÇÃO- E OS AMIGOS IMAGINÁRIOS
This album is AMAZING. Newcomer Anelis represents my old São Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena in style, and incorporates modern MPB, old Brazilian sounds, reggae and other new wave sounds and creates beautiful music. It's super funky, and reminds me a bit of Céu's work. Céu and Anelis make beautiful music together in my favorite track from the album, ''Song to Rosa''.
-Eu Gosto Assim
-Toc Toc Toc
and last but not least, my Favorite album of 2014 ……
PARAÍSO DA MIRAGEM-RUSSO PASSAPUSSO
Ahhhh! I Can't say enough good things about this album. It's very nicely varied, but includes some of the most beautiful Nu Bossa that I've heard in a LONG time. It also has some funky songs with rap undertones, some reggae, and lots and lots of traditional Brazilian beats. There are special appearances on the album by my girl Anelis Assumpção, Thalma de Freitas and Bnegão. The beginning of the album starts out super 60s psychedelic before it starts to unwind into a warm, breezy and delicious musical treat.
ALL OF THEM!
Please listen to this album! It's crazy good!!
Thats it for now! If I remember more, I will be sure to add!