Ceu, Curumin, DJRC, DJ Newlife | Double Door | International | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., June 14, 9 p.m. 2012

On her fine third album, Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees), Sao Paulo singer Céu sticks by and large to the sound she's developed for herself—a dubby, electronicized take on samba and bossa nova. She worked again with producer Gui Amabis (and enlisted some of Sao Paulo's finest players, including guitarist Fernando Catatau and members of Nacao Zumbi), and the music cleaves to bass-heavy Jamaican grooves—there's even a breezy cover of the obscure Lloyd & Glen rocksteady tune "You Won't Regret It." Céu's breathy yet conversational delivery, though, comes straight out of bossa nova. The album's PR describes it as a travelogue of regional styles encountered on road trips to Brazil's northeast, but that's overselling things a bit. The regional flavors—including schmaltzy, romantic brega and a surfy guitar music from the state of Pará called guitarrada—are present as subtle accents, not defining aesthetics. But I don't mind much, since Céu's catchy melodies—and the way her sultry singing glides over the music's sinuous rhythms—hardly depend on the backing tracks to work their magic.

Fellow Paulista Curumin plays drums on a few tracks of Caravana Sereia Bloom, but on his own brand-new third album, Arrocha (Six Degrees), he handles nearly everything—vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, drums, even a sampler. He created the majority of the beats on an MPC rather than a trap kit, since he was recording mostly at home and couldn't use a full live band. A handful of tracks are malnourished electronic excursions ("Tupanzinho Guerreiro," "Blimblim") that sound like unfinished bedroom doodles, but thankfully Curumin spends the bulk of the album doing what he does well: putting a modern spin on the samba-soul sound made famous by Jorge Ben. The best songs—"Selvage," "Passarinho"—are classic summery Brazilian stuff. —Peter Margasak Céu headlines; Curumin, DJRC, and DJ Newlife open.



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