Have you ever wondered how Marvin Gaye would sound with a Brazilian band backing him up? If you fancy bossa nova music, then you must listen to this Brazilian reworking of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." The sensual classic sounds brand new with a perfect samba arrangement of percussion and brass created by an array of Brazilian musicians and the award-winning production duo, the Berman Brothers. The production is exquisite and sounds just as good, possibly even better than the original. Gaye's crisp and smooth vocals match perfectly with the samba rhythm.
The remixed track is part of Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection, an innovative compilation of 12 classic songs from American artists such as Nina Simone, The Isley Brothers, Sly & the Family Stone, Bill Withers and many others reimagined as samba recordings. The entire album is full of melodic rhythms capturing the spirit and soul of Brazilian music. Press play on Studio Rio's "Sexual Healing" for a sample of what The Brazil Connection is serving. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the rest of the album on iTunes. Personal favorites include the reworkings of "Family Affair" by Sly & The Family Stone and "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers.