Label
Verve

None of them are Brazillian and only one is a girl, but if this NYC electronic-jazz band’s moniker intends to suggest sex, it’s wholly appropriate, as a listen to their new self-titled album on Verve will attest. If the sexy house beats and lazy, loungey exotica don’t put you in the mood for love or something a fair bit more primal, then seductive and sultry singer Sabina Sciubba’s beautiful breathy voice, on lyrics like “Don’t stop now, just keep on going, until I come” surely will.

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  Though their sound is electronic, recalling jazz flavored artists such as Amon Tobin, Tosca and Peace Orchestra, Brazilian Girls is in fact a live band made up of some respected NYC jazz session players; something of a super-group, individual members have scored films and one of the members has won a Grammy. Sciubba was born in Rome but sings in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. 

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  The album opens with the mellow and sophisticated Homme – filtered beats reminiscent of Tosca, sexy violins and Sciubba’s voice cascading over a tango-like beat. 

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  The energy picks up with the aforementioned Don’t Stop, a perfect summer hit and the album’s best track. Throbbing house beats and Sabina’s heavy breathing give way to a an extremely catchy chorus. “You never had it better, than when I was with you baby.” I believe her! 

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  The album continues through an exotic variety of styles: Lazy Lover evokes ocean waves and Astrud Gilberto; I didn’t think it possible, but La Sirenes de La Fete manages to make rapping in French work; Corner Store is an album highlight, a funk workout with an intense, crawling rhythm and fast, tight drum fills. On songs like this it becomes clear that Brazillian Girls benefit strongly from the live rhythm section; “Pussy, pussy, pussy, marijuana” Sabina jokes on the chorus of Jamaican-flavored Pussy – this band has a sense of humor; The album could be titled around the world in 12 songs – we go directly from Jamaica to Germany with Die Gedanken Sind Frei and continue with Dance Til The Morning, another of the album’s strongest moments, and end on a relaxed note with Ships In The Night. 

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  Highly recommended!