Seasoned Roman axeman Piero Masciarelli has been around the block. Here with the help of famous Italian label Irma he revisits his jazzy roots with the help of a whole host of pros including Romina Johnson, Charlie Cannon and Carlo Bianci. The LP, produced by Masciarelli and Carlos Sarmiento, features 10 tracks including a sizzling rendition of "On Broadway" - all played with dazzling aplomb by his muso gang, but ultimately the show is all about Piero's slick, peerless guitar chops.
Latin-obsessed Viennese radio DJ Herbert Bachofer, aka Shantisan, presented us with his single Avenida Atlantica back in March. Now he's back with full-length debut LP, Conexao, boasting 19 tracks to sink your teeth into. It covers a wide breadth of global styles and influences - including Bachofer's own bossa nova horn-fest remix of "Control Of Your Mind" by Carlos Reisch, his Chic-esque rework of "Favela Funk" and the summery party vibes of "Meninas & Meninos" which boasts the additional talents of Micheline Cardoso, Luiz Antonio Gomes and Stefan Obermaier. An impressive debut.