Natural by Nicola Conti & Stefania Dipierro (Far Out Records)
This is an album of excellence coming straight outta Brazil via Italy and the UK. Although like her collaborator Nicola Conti, Stefania Dipierro is Italian, she sings sensually both in English and a Brazilian dialect in the vein of Astrud Gilberto and Flora Purim. Full of bossa, samba and other latin influences, there is a touch of spiritualism resonating through the album which is quite a scoop for Far Out Records. It’s very classy with two nice and diverse version excursions of Gilberto Gil and Astrud Gilberto’s respective “Maracata Atomico” and “A Gira (Old Black Magic)”. The arrangements and production of this album is of a very high standard. It’s varied in tempo with hints of funk and soul within “I Feel The Sun” and “Natural” and some undeniably infectious dance tracks like “Open The Door”, “Ainda Mais”, “The Meaning Of Life” and “A Menina Danca”. Excellent purchase guaranteed!!