An amazing album from one of Brazil's greatest soul
stars! Ed Motta's the nephew of Tim Maia, and he's part of a huge legacy of Brazilian soul
music that's been largely untapped by listeners in the US. Fortunately, Ed's been getting his dues in other scene's lately – as his album before this was picked up by the London groove scene, and the recent MG4 album by Japanese combo Mondo Grosso had Ed doing some guest vocals. This album, though, is a monster – and it's certainly one to push Ed firmly onto the map over the next few years. The record perfectly blends modern soul
production with touches of Brazilian rhythms and Ed's warm soul
ful vocals. The record's got arrangements that are a lot more complicated than some of Ed's earlier work – and it fits perfectly with some of the modern Japanese soul
we've been stocking in our New Grooves section, especially work by Mondo Grosso. Lyrics are mostly in Portuguese, but the grooves are perfectly global in flavor. Titles include "Dez Mais Um Amor", "Ela Disse Sim", "Magica De Um Charlatao", "Joia De Magoa", "Outono No Rio", "Assim Assim", and the wonderful "A Tijuca Em Cinema
scope", a complicated jazzy number that ends the record, and which sounds like some lost gem from MPS or Mark Murphy!