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Céu

Luiz Garrido Capa/Six Degree Records

When: Fri., June 24, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $25-$32
Sultry Brazilian singer Céu located her sweet spot long ago, one in which rhythms seductively sashay with a snaking low end. The sensual grooves allow her gorgeous if limited voice to sprawl with a mix of seduction and languor—the marriage of bossa nova and samba with Jamaican dub has worked perfectly for her. The name of her new album, Tropix (Six Degrees), a contraction of “tropical” and “pixel,” underlines the components of her sound, but there’s nothing overly digital or blurred about the record. Made with Pupilo (drummer in the long-running Pernambuco band Nação Zumbi) and French producer Herve Salters (aka General Elektriks), the arrangements toggle quietly between samba rhythms and electronic accents, but it’s ultimately the singer’s presence and her infectious melodies that command attention. On “Arrastarte-Ei” chirpy electronics tangle with old-school organ stabs as Céu moves from whispery intonation to a nasal, restrained, soulful wail, while on the shuffling “Minhas Bics” she celebrates the cheap ballpoint pen as the tool that connects her to the world.
— Peter Margasak
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