Sabrina’s Latest is Album of Summer
In the crowded genre of Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova, musicality, songwriting ability and tremendous vocals are commonplace; so standing out from the crowd is some feat. Singer songwriter Sabrina Malheiros has managed to do just that, making her mark as an artist transforming Brazilian music for a new generation.
Hailed as “Rio’s nu-bossa princess”, Malheiros has three albums under her belt and a growing fan-base from around the world. She shot to fame with debut album Equilibria on Far Out Recordings in 2005, following that up with Vibrasons, a remix album in 2006. Her third album (and second album of new songs), New Morning, received critical acclaim, including being declared as “the best album of 2008” by the Evening Standard.
Three years on, Malheiros’ long anticipated new album Dreaming, is set to hit stores on the 19th September, and with a remarkable arrangement of colourful, chill-out grooves that showcase the singers’ broad musical influences, it is a serious contender for the best summer album of 2011.
I just love this album. It is not too often that you come across a compilation that captures a mood and keeps you in that zone from start to finish, but Dreaming succeeds. It is a well-crafted orchestra of breezy eclectic sounds that make you want to dance and also dream. Malheiro’s songs beautifully express the nostalgia of classic Brazilian music, with a refreshing, contemporary edge. Broken-beat, electro-soul and jazz rhythms are peppered with trademark samba and bossa nova flavours, crafted by leading Brazilian musicians on the album, including her father Alex Malheiros, bass player of legendary group Azymuth, and renowned Brazilian percussionist, Robertinho Silva (Milton Nascimento). Written and produced by Malheiros and her partner Daniel ‘Venom’ Maunick, It is no wonder that Dreaming is so musically rich.
Lead album track “Bobeira” is a triumph – combining a nu-bossa groove with a synthesised acid jazz feel, conjuring up summertime. “Lirio De Venus” grabs you with a retro dub beat smoothed over by the kind of flawless dream-like vocals that Malheiros is best loved for. Other standout tracks include the psychedelic “Segredo” and “Opara” with its infectious Afro–Brazilian beat.
Since the age of five Malheiros has lived and breathed music and it is this maturity that comes across in Dreaming. It is one album you can easily have on a loop with several tracks worthy of a re-wind. You certainly don’t need to be a Brazilian music aficionado to appreciate what Dreaming has to offer, and I can only simply describe it as a welcome injection of fresh, musical sunshine, guaranteed to brighten the long winter months and beyond.
Written by Fola Odumosu
Dreaming will be released by Far Out Recordings on September 19th.
Sabrina will also be going on a UK tour during September and October. Details are below:
21 September – Boisdale Jazz FM Discovery Gig, London (Album launch – broadcast on Jazz FM)
And lastly here’s Sabrina singing the Brazilian national anthem at the Brazil vs Scotland game earlier this year: