Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Lounge
Putumayo World Music/Ode
This one’s a reissue, a re-release. Originally put out into the world in 2006 Putumayo is representing its collection of sultry, chilled Brazilian grooves. Some of this music sounds so remarkably dated now, as if it’s been unearthed from the 1980s or 1990s, but there are moments – still – that shine. Beatrice Mason and Edu Krieger singing Canto So, Banda Aue’s Lobo Bom, Seu Jorge working with BiD – and when this album was first released Seu Jorge was perhaps only just getting noticed in the wider world for his contributions to movies, his David Bowie covers and such.
It’s strange to hear some of this music again – that whole “café culture” sub-genre just disappeared. Now when you walk into a bar playing one of those compilations it’s a strange time-warp, often ghastly in fact. But this compilation is not without its charms. Just a little safe really, not even a beginner’s guide for there’s nothing that’s particularly authentic about this – it’s a gift-shop version of Brazilian music. But then, that’s – so often – the Putumayo way.