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Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto has become an international phenomenon with her patented brand of world electronica. Her soft and silky voice - coupled with the down-tempo electronic productions of her two albums, Tanto Tempo (2000) and a self-titled release in 2004 - has gained her respect and accolades around the globe. A who's who of electronica producers and up-and-coming talent remix Gilberto's second album here. But unlike most remix albums, this one remains remarkably cohesive, a near perfect voyage into Brazilian contemporary cool.

 

Gilberto's voice lends itself remarkably well to various interpretations of her music, a feat that only Madonna and Bjork have been able to accomplish. This is primarily a down-tempo affair, from the opening trip-hop cool of DJ Spinna's take on "Ceu Distante" to the percussive groove of "Cado Beijo," remixed by Thievery Corporation. Latin Project produce a cheery interpretation of the brilliant "Aganju," retaining the festive elements of the original yet morphing it into a perfect cocktail-hour hors d'oeurve.  Nuspirit Helsinki's version of "Winter" is the collection's most danceable track. Impeccably remixed, it's a beautiful and sexy progressive house reworking that simmers with heartbreak. My favorite track is Yam Who?'s remix of "Baby." A simple beginning gives way to cascading instrumentation, tinkering cowbells and handclaps.

 

The weakest of the remixes here still manage to be a cut above the average, elevating the entire album to a high-quality affair. If down-tempo delights are your thing, this set of eclectic remixes needs to be in your collection.

 

 

Bebel Gilberto Web site

Six Degrees Records' Web site

 


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  • Ceu Distante - DJ Spinna
  • Simplesmente - Tom Middleton
  • O Caminho - Guy Sigsworth
  • Aganju - Latin Project
  • Winter - Nuspirit Helsinki
  • Baby - Yam Who?
  • All Around - Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Cada Beljo - Thievery Corporation
  • Jabuticaba - Stuhr
  • Aganju - Spiritual South
  • Next To You - Steve Hillier
  • Every Day You've Been Away - Monoaurel
  • River Song - Grant Nelson
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