I have been following the ups and downs of this series since it's inception, and although there have been tunes of quality from the start, seems to me they found their stride at around session 6. There was a lot of breaksy latin stuff released around then that set a new and exciting direction for these loose-limbed grooves...Club Des Belugas, Buscemi, Quantic et al. The series built up a head of steam through 7 & 8. Some great releases on all these. Session 9 was a gross disappointment for me...don't know why...was there a different compiler? There seemed to be a gross lack of good grooves for the dancefloor. Anyhow, for whatever reason we are back on track with 10.
The first CD seems to have more of the laid-back tunes Marcina Arnold, Metropolitan Jazz Affair (sounding distinctly Koop-ish), The JuJu Orchestra strike a fine downtempo slice...and a curious remake of Take It Easy My Brother Charlie by Fink & Tina Grace, which takes some liberties with the original, and I'm not sure it comes out better because of it. ****
CD2 has the better selection for me...some great easy movers from Azaxx, Forro in the Dark, Una Mas Trio, Mo' Horizons, lovely cuts from Zeep, Bahama Soul Club... Club Des Belugas make a fine return to form with Habana Twist, Quantic only adds to his already giant status with the finely judged Sabor (feat. Tempo), Modulo's 5 Yeah! has real impetus, DJ Dolores brings a curious finale with Cala Cala, rootsy, but infectious and danceable all the same.*****
Welcome back to form Brazilectro...you have been badly missed.
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