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Zuco 103

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Ziriguiboom / Six Degrees

Six Degrees has tapped into some mighty powerful Brazilian electro-voodoo. Last year's Bossa Cuca Nova and Brasil 2mil compilations opened a window on Brazil's take on electronic music, a sound so vibrant and distinctive it easily mirrors the country's Amazonian ecology.

   Interestingly enough, despite the legit sound, Zuco 103 is a trans-continental operation, featuring Brazilian vocalist Lilian Viera, German pianist Stefan Schmid and Dutch drummer Stefan Kruger. Zuco 103 provide appropriate takes on a variety of Brazilian and electronic genres, from the frenetic instrumental organ samba of "No Bar do Samba" to the exquisitely liquid tongue-twisting rap delivery of "Zabumba No Mar." This is a head-spinning journey through centuries of musical tradition, from the past through the future, from Africa to South America to North America and many points in between.

Six Degrees Records, 602 20th St., San Francisco, CA 94107; www.sixdegreesrecords.com

--Sarah Ludwig