Marcos Valle ‘Contrasts’ (Far Out Recordings) 5/5

Now readers, for those who bought and cherish Marcos Valle’s last offering, ‘Escape’ and thought it was the best thing since Terry Callier came to England… or was bread involved? You are going to blow your top on this one.
Marcos Valle does justice to both the fresh new sounds coming out of Brasil and those emerging from London. This album is everything Fernanda Porta’s album should have been. It’s fresh, strong and produced perfectly. The music and voice compliment each other and the arrangements cover all musical boundaries – its one hell of an album.
Instantaneously when you first skip through the tracks it’s the ‘Valeu’ featuring Joyce that hits you, it’s the 4 Hero and Bugz in the Attic that grips your attention, but listen again and it is Valle’s ‘Agua de coco’ that stands tallest on ‘Contrast’ tall like Milton Nascimento’s ‘Clube de esquina no.2’, tall like Joyce’s ‘Aldeia de ogum’, a marvelous album that takes the traps in the ‘best of 2003’ race for the tape.

Steve Williams