Album: Various artists, Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! (Mais um Discos)

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The Independent Culture

Expectations might lead you to believe this is just another run-of-the-mill samba and bossa nova collection. Not at all.

This double CD is a mostly rewarding survey of what cutting-edge Brazilian musicians are producing under the influence of everything from indie pop to left-field hip-hop.

It's at times such as this that one wishes there wasn't the label "world" to put off potential listeners who would come to realise that British and American music is not the be all and end all when it comes to musical innovation.