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CSS – CITY GRRRL (Pop/Electro – Brazil)


“City Grrrl” is taken off Cansei De Ser Sexy‘s new album La Liberación, out now on V2 Music. This track is the second official single from the album and it comes with a great video shot in NYC and directed by Cody Critcheloe (of SSION fame), who also contributes vocals on the song. The video is almost autobiographical as it tells the story of a young girl who leaves her suburban home to move to the big city, much like CSS frontsinger Lovefoxxx did in her own time. Listen to “City Grrrl” and first single “Hits Me Like A Rock” just below…

CSS - City Grrrl (feat. Cody Critcheloe)     

CSS - Hits Me Like A Rock     

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If you’re looking for some smooth music to lighten up your Tuesday, nothing more refreshing and uplifting than a little bit of Brazilian pop, courtesy of Vanessa da Mata. The 35-year-old singer/songwriter might not be so well-known outside her home country, but in Brazil and throughout the Lusophone world she is nothing short of a superstar.

Considered one of the leading figures of Brazil’s burgeoning MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), Vanessa da Mata released her self-titled debut album in 2002 on Sony Music, followed in 2004 by Essa Boneca Tem Manual and her third album Sim in 2007. After extensive touring and the release of a live album in 2009, Vanessa came back last year with Bolos, Bicicletas e Outras Alegrias. This is the record of an artist who has grown in both confidence and independence, launching her own label and writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks (the other two are co-written with Lokua Kanza and Gilberto Gil). The production quality is still top notch and Vanessa da Mata effortlessly alternates between rock, reggae, samba, bossa, all sprinkled with a dash of electronica.

Vanessa da Mata - Vê Se Fica Bem     

Besides her own compositions, Vanessa da Mata has also crafted a number of very popular songs for the likes of Maria Bethânia, Daniela Mercury or Chico César and she has recorded a handful of noteworthy duets with some of Brazil’s most prominent artists. As a bonus, here’s “Boa Sorte/Good Luck”, her 2007 duo with Ben Harper, which became a number one hit in Brazil and Portugal.

Vanessa da Mata (Ft. Ben Harper) - Boa Sorte     

Find out more about Vanessa da Mata on her official site or MySpace. Buy her music on Vanessa da Mata

LUISA MAITA – LERO LERO (BossaNova/Samba – Brazil)

Luisa Maita

To say that Luísa Maita was destined to become a musician would be an understatement. She is the daughter of Amado Maita, one of the finest Brazilian singers of the 70s, and Myriam Taubkin, a music producer. With such background, it comes as no surprise that she would start singing in Sao Paolo’s clubs already as a teenager.

Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, Lero-Lero has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronica but is also deeply rooted in samba and bossa nova.

Luisa Maita - Fulaninha     

Fans of Bebel Gilberto, Céu and Seu Jorge will find much to love in Luísa Maita’s tradition-infused and yet forward-looking sound. Hailing from a country overflowing with musical talent, Luísa Maita rises above the fray as one of the most promising young singers of her generation.

Luisa Maita - Lero-Lero     

To celebrate the success of Luísa Maita’s debut album, Cumbancha is releasing the Maita Remixed EP, featuring seven new versions remixed by Dj Tudo and Da Lata amongst others. There’s even a special “DJ and Producer package” including the full Maita Remixed album + instrumental dub versions of every track and 20 file stems for “Fulaninha” and “Lero-Lero” for producers who want to go the extra distance. All are invited to share their productions on Soundcloud.

Luisa Matia - Lero-Lero (DJ Tudo Remix)     

Listen to more tracks and get all tour dates on MySpace. Buy on Lero-Lero and Maita Remixed on  Luisa Maita


The Amazing Broken Man

Discovered by British producer Kyle Lynd (music director on English TV series “Skins”), Odorico Leal is the man behind The Amazing Broken Man. Still a relative newcomer on the indie folk scene, Leal is a 27-year-old singer songwriter based in São Paulo. He makes simple, straightforward folk songs with minimal arrangements, focusing mainly on melodies and lyrics.

His work under the moniker The Amazing Broken Man is only a side project on which he has been working intermittently for the past couple of years. With a little help from his friends, he has recorded a few songs and released his first EP: Lullabies For Western Children. Here are two songs taken off his debut EP…

The Amazing Broken Man - Near Town     

The Amazing Broken Man - New Year Son     

Beside his work as The Amazing Broken Man, Odorico Leal also plays guitar in Brazilian band October Leaves. The band is a collaboration with fellow musicians Gustavo Vidal and Ciro Figueredo, two friends from Fortaleza where Odorico lived for two years. At the moment the band is hard at work on their album, Postmodern Bullshit, which should be out soon.

Show The Amazing Broken Man some love on My Space!

GUI BORATTO – TAKE MY BREATH AWAY (Minimal/Electronica – Brazil)

If you love electronic tunes that think outside the box, then look no further than Gui Boratto. After teasing us for two years with a string of singles and remixes, this Brazilian DJ/producer is presenting us with his second full-length release, Take My Breath Away, which really sets a new standard for minimal-tech/house music. Boratto’s blend of electronic beats, soaring melodies and haunting synths is sure to keep you hooked all through this record, which is destined both for the dancefloors and your home stereos.

Gui Boratto - No Turning Back     

Between deep techno tracks and electro pop gems, Take My Breath Away is a carefully crafted collection of subtle electronica numbers, flowing along gently but never forgetting its mission, which is to make us throw our hands up in the air. Unlike most other dance releases though, Boratto’s  album is not a collection of stand alone hits compiled together, but rather a fully cohesive whole. You can purchase Take My Breath Away on Gui Boratto

Let’s not forget Boratto’s work as a remixer. His collaborations with Guy J, Adam Freeland and Bomb The Bass, amongst others, have earned him international recognition. Just below, you can listen to his remix of Ada’s “Lovestoned”, which simply cannot be described with words…

Ada - Lovestoned (Gui Boratto Remix)     

Gui’s recent remix of Massive Attack’s “Paradise Circus” is yet another master stroke. This melody oriented remix combines melancholic piano keys, Hope Sandoval’s haunting vocals and a killer beat. The result is a track that only adds to the haunting beauty of the original.

Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)     

Show Gui Boratto some love on his official site or on MySpace.