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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

ZUCO 103

By Marie Elsie St. Léger
Published February 17, 2006

Tales of High Fever
Ziriguiboom/Crammed Discs/Six Degrees Records

GLOBAL RHYTHM called Zuco 103's first release, Outro Lodo, “‘The Girl From Ipanema’ meets Everything But the Girl.” Indeed, this trio disregards musical labels to create an electric, engaging dance music that technophiles, house fiends and loungeheads would all enjoy. On Tales of High Fever, Zuco 103 builds on traditional Brazilian rhythms—to “Morro Elétrico” the trio adds minimal modern currents to an earthy samba beat—but Dutch drummer Stefan Kruger, German keyboardist Stefan Schmid and Brazilian singer Lilian Vieira draw on the universal need to groove, creating hypnotizing, bubbly beats. “Brief Passions” should be played more than once (why be brief?); “Get Yourself Together” provides the perfect backdrop to gussying up for an all-nighter on the town; the mod-bachelor grooves of “Brasil 2000” could fuel an Austin Powers-worthy shagfest (remember: no glove, no love). House, samba, hip-hop, jazz, techno, pop, música popular brasileira: You name it, Zuco 1031’s got it. And using all expertly on Tales of High Fever, the group manages to remain at the forefront of global club music.