A reader who obviously knows more about the current state of Brazilian music than I suggested that I take a listen to The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves, the new album from Sao Paolo's Cibelle. Cibelle, who has drawn numerous comparisons to Bebel Gilberto, combines classic Brazilian styles (samba, bossa nova, tropicalia) with downtempo electronica (she's worked with Morcheeba and Apollo 9). The result is a ridiculously sexy, often stunning work, featuring guest turns from Seu Jorge, Tunng, Devendra Banhart, and others.
This song, a playful duet with Devendra Banhart, was "written by Brazilian hero/star Caetano Veloso while he was living in forced exile in London during the early '70s":
Cibelle London, London (feat. Devendra Banhart) mp3
Download The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves with your 50 Free Download trial from eMusic. Other recommended tracks include "Arrete La, Menina" (feat. Seu Jorge) and "Mad Man Song" (feat. Spleen).