Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still some of the nods towards older Brazilian styles that graced Ceu's earlier albums, but many of the numbers here sparkle with a more contemporary vibe – never overdone, but a nice blend of subtle rhythms and guitar lines from Pedro Sa – mostly moving at a midtempo pace that's just right for the vocals. Marc Ribot plays guitar on a few tracks, Seu Jorge guests on another, and titles include "Nada Irreal", "Coreto", "Forcar O Verao", "Corpocontinente", "Off", "Fenix Do Amor", and "Ocitocina". LP, Vinyl record album
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/SixDegrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly acoustic as well – even more mature than before, and not as easily given to simple tricks or flourishes – which is a very good thing in our book! One track was done in collaboration with Kassin, with backings by Orquestra Imperial – and other titles feature contributions from Sabina Sciubba, Didi Gutman, Masa Shimizu, and Guy Sigsworth. Titles include "Tranquilo", "Night & Day", "Um Segundo", "Cade Voce", "Words", "Azul", and "Os Novos Yorkinos". CD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode.)
Dom La Nena —
Tempo ... CD SixDegrees, 2021. New Copy ...
Gently beautiful work from Dom La Nena – a set recorded in Lisbon, but with echoes of French chanson and Brazilian bossa – all given a contemporary twist, but in a very subtle way! Dom is probably one of the most understated artists issued by the SixDegrees label – very personal and poetic, with songs that unfold in a very classic sort of way – augmented by a mix of light strings and more contemporary soundscapes, but never in a style that's forced or overdone! The blend is very similar to some of our favorite French singers to emerge in the past few decades – and titles include "Oiseau Sauvage", "No Tengas Miedo", "Todo Diene Su Fin", "Quien Podra Saberlo", "Samba Para Voce", "Milonga", "Vejo Passar", and "Tempo". CD
Includes tracks from Bebel Gilberto, Suba, Bossacucanova, Celso Fonseca, Trio Mocoto, Zuco 103 and Cibelle. CD
(Out of print.)
King Britt presents Sylk 130 —
Re-Members Only ... CD Ovum/SixDegrees, 2001. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
The latest from this hip producer, and an album that's got a cool sound that's 2 parts underground soul, and 3 parts mid 80s R&B – complete with guest appearances by Alison Moyet, Martin Fry, Kathy Sledge, Alma Horton, Grover Washington Jr, and Trugoy of De La Soul. In a way, this is the kind of modern R&B album that we always looked for back in the 80s, but rarely found put together so well. King Britt's production is enough to hold together the mad vision of the set – and the melange of guest stars comes out sounding remarkably coherent in the end. Titles include "Cobbs Creek", "Skipping Stones", "One & Only", "Romeo's Fate", "Incident On A Couch", "All The Way Live", "'84 Fantastik", and "Beauty Of Machines". CD
Bebel's second album for SixDegrees – and quite possibly an even better album than the first! Not one to rest on the laurels of her success of recent years, Bebel seems to diverge a bit from the sound of her initial hit – going for a deeper approach to songwriting, and a musical style that shows she's got a lot more to offer than just bossa remix-styled vocals! The album kicks off with a wonderful take on Os Mutantes' English reading of the Tropicalia classic "Baby" – then rolls into a sweetly laidback set of tracks that borrow a lot from the bossa, but which also have some extremely personal songwriting touches. Overall, there's less beats and more natural instrumentation than before – and the album feautres guest work by Joao Donato and Carlinhos Brown, as well as some great use of strings! Titles include "Winter", "O Caminho", "Ceu Distante", "Next To You", "All Around", "River Song", "Every Day You've Been Away", and "Simplesmente". CD
One of the most unusual projects we've heard in the recent wave of genre-crossing work from the Crammed label – a beautifully fragile album of vocals and light instrumentation from the lovely Cibelle! The sound here has some of its roots in bossa, and maybe borrows a bit from traditions of France – but the overall presentation is very unique – and often just features a key instrumental element supporting the vocals, plus bits of sounds that filter into the record and give it a really textural quality. Production is by Cibelle, Apollo Nove, and Mike Lindsay – and they beautifully blend the vocals with bits of harp, glockenspiel, off-tune piano, cello, and other elements used sparely and effectively. Titles include "Green Grass", "Mad Man Song", "Lembra", "Train Station", "Por Toda A Minha Vida", "London London", "City People", and "Cajuna". CD
A very cool double 7" package – one that's filled with six cuts from the great crime film Diamonds! Heist films always provided some of the best soundtracks of the 70's, and this one (starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree, and issued in the US as Diamond Shaft) is no exception! Roy Budd rises to the groovy occasion and scores some excellent moments that match a light orchestral sound with a throbbing electric bass and percussion underground – in a style that's like Lalo Schifrin's best work from the time. The Three Degrees sing lead vocals on "Diamonds Theme" – and other titles include "The Thief", "Diamond Fortress", Thief On The Prowl", "I Think I'm Being Followed", and "A Handful Of Games (edit)". 7-inch, Vinyl record