I'm in a Brazilian mood today, so please enjoy this week's picks!
"Lero-Lero" - Luisa Maita
A contemporary artist from São Paulo, Luisa Maita is a perfect example of modern Brazilian music done well. Obviously rooted in bossa nova and samba, Maita throws in some pop influences for a relaxed sound. Best part, the label is offering a free download of this track. To download, visit: luisamaita.bandcamp.com/track/lero-lero-free-download
"A Namorada" - Carlinhos Brown
If you are going to talk about modern Brazilian music, you have to bring up Carlinhos Brown. This isn't a new discovery for me, as I came across this song a few years back as part of the album Brazil-The Greatest Songs Ever and loved it. But it does deserve to be a pick as it is just so much fun! Carlinhos is a tropicália artist, which is upbeat, catchy and delightfully different from the low-key samba and bossa nova.
"The Girl from Ipanema" - Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz
Now that we've heard some modern Brazilian tunes, we have to dip into a the classics. You can't get more classic Brazilian bossa nova than Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto. I love this track, but I think it's a bit of a shame that Astrud Gilberto looks so awkward when she sings.