Baden Powell with Vinicius de Moraes: Bocoche (Forma, 1966)
Written as a response to the commercialisation of Bossa Nova, Os Afro Sambas is a beauty of a record, often quite odd and experimental, but always melodic and focussed and hugely listenable. I know all this because I have lived with this record for almost six hours now. I am, it's clear, something of an expert. Anyway, you'll like this because you are a sensible person and, frankly, who, on an almost sunny Friday afternoon hasn't got room for some lightly avant-garde acoustic Brazilian samba-pop? If you want more - clock this.
Cajun Dance Party: The Colourful Life (XL, 2008)
I've been listening to The Cure a lot recently. When I say recently, I mean for the last 25 years, obviously. Well, Cajun Dance Party have a pleasingly Smith-esque element to their music which makes my ears tell my brain that I like it without me actually having to think about it too much. I also like the lyrics a lot. "So pick up the pace and enjoy the race," they holler, "'cos nothingness is nice, feel the dance and feel the mood, while you're munching on that slice..." What does that mean, do you think? Or is it terribly old-fashioned of me to assume it means anything? All these questions! I'm exhausted now. You can get more CDP here.