Mylene - Mylene
This album was nearly missed by me, flying in under the radar at the last minute while I was tallying up the past month's offerings. I'm so glad it didn't. Mylene is a Brazilian singer who brings together everything I've come to love about the music of bands like Aterciapelados and artists like Bebel Gilberto. Maybe this is the record Cibelle would have come up with had Suba still been alive today. Not to take away from Mylene's irrepressible creativity and global vision. She explains, "I searched for a possible reconciliation of Portuguese and Iberian music with Brazilian music, since we were colonized by Portugal and this influence and all its inherent peculiarities got kind of hidden in the corners of our history." World music fans have been treated to a plethora of AfroBrazillian flavas over the past couple of years. Here's a unique offering that explores the European connection and mashes it up with tasteful electronics and samples. 48 Horas blends Brazilian and Moorish sensibilities in 6/8. It's a brilliant debut!