Friday, June 23, 2006

Hot Music: Sergio Mendes - Timeless

The Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am is everywhere nowadays. If he's not making music for the Pussycat Dolls or Macy Gary, he's also producing Justin Timberlake's new album (with REDUCTION maestro and Def Jam hero Rick Rubin). Here he has teamed up with Brazil's iconic Sergio Mendes for a hip Hop flavoured Samba album. The record is full of guest stars including Q Tip, Jill Scott, Steve Wonder, John Legend, Timberlake and the BEP (who feature on the current single Mas Que Nada). You might think with the hip hop style and wealth of guest vocalists it might lose its Brazilian vibe but it never does and instead the urban styles add to it immensely.

My favourite track so far is the dancehall style Bananeira - now I don't really like dancehall but guest star Mr Vegas' verse are good but it's the chorus and music which make this track - pure Bossa Nova summer!

Man I love this album. 4/5


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