Album: Luisa Maita, Lero-Lero (Cumbancha)

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A favourite album of last year came from Brazil's Ceu.

Ms Maita is following in Ceu's sand-coated footsteps with this cool and sophisticated effort, although even if there are the same nods towards dub, trip-hop and electronica, her first solo album is not quite as groundbreaking in its deconstructions of bossa nova and samba.

Having said that, "Fulaninha" has a Jamaican dancehall vibe about it, so there's still some stretching of the envelope. An easygoing, but thankfully not too easygoing, debut.