On Saturday I went down to Spitalfields Market for the Independent Record Labels Christmas Fair. There were some top labels there - the likes of Loose, Memphis Industries and the excellent Soundways to name but a few. With a grim inevitability I spent a lot more than I had planned buying a load of goodies, and a few pretty averagies as well.
Among the goodiest of the goodies was "Oi! A Nova Musica Brazileira!", which, for those of you whose Portuguese is less fluent than mine, means "Oi! New Brazilian Music". Released last year on the Mais Um Discos label, it is a two CD, 40 track compilation featuring all sorts of musical styles that is intended to be a beginner's guide to, well, new Brazilian music.
With that sort of breadth not everything is going to grab you, but there were plenty that did, including these two.
"Amarelasse" - Mini Box Lunar
"Carimbó Pra Maria (Luico K Remix)" - Mestre Curica
Here are four bonus Brazilan tracks of a rather less recent vintage:
"Não Quero Dinheiro" - Tim Maia
"Tao Longe De Mim" - Os Brazões
"Xica Da Silva" - Jorge Ben
"Tum Tum Tum" - Jackson Do Pandeiro
And we finish with something else quintessentially Brazilian for my friend Conical, who only really likes these bits. And Chuck Mangione.