One of the all-time great Brazilian Tropicalia albums, Estudando do Samba (or Studying The Samba) sits in that magical zone of wildly creative music with experimental qualities that somehow manages to retain pop accessibility. Never one to sit still, Tom Zé attempted to deconstruct traditional samba forms here with layers of hypnotic percussion, effects, and samples. Even better, the simple, but unusual cover with barbed wire critiquing the military dictatorship in Brazil led to the music being found by David Byrne and the revitalization of Zé’s music career.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Essential Listening / MPB / Samba