DJ Patife & Fernanda Porto / Max De Castro : The Brasil EP

Probably the most genuinely soulful record here.

The stutters and leaps of UK garage have always owed as much to the simmering polyrhythms of Brazilian samba as to the elastic basslines of Jamaica – this elegant meeting of minds just joins the dots. Patife and Porto ooze easy sensuality with a sun-bronzed hybrid of flighty drum’n’bass and sun-kissed Portuguese vocals. Elsewhere, Patife and De Castro thread a snaking two-step rhythm around a tumbling loop of latin piano jazz. Out of step, literally, with everything else reviewed on this page but probably the most genuinely soulful record here.

Stephen Dalton