Album: Various artists, Gilles Peterson Brazilika, (Far Out)

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While serviceable as a fashionable background-music mix, this 15th-anniversary celebration of the excellent London-based Brazilian label Far Out is rather traduced by too many brainless production gimmicks (such as the truly dreadful Krishnanda's underwater cowbells) and slapdash remixes.

That still leaves a dozen or so great tracks by the likes of The Ipanemas and the veteran Rio-born singer-songwriter Joyce, but it may be better to check out the original albums, where purity of sound is assured.