Brazilian-born filmmaker Iara Lee has contributed much to this movement through her record label, Caipirinha, which released the compilation Caipirissima. On the CD, both Tobin and Suba (Brazilian transplant Mitar Subotic) churn Batucada percussion rhythms into perfect vehicles for trance inducement. Even Brazilian-raised avant rock guitarist Arto Lindsay gives it a go, as he has done so well on his trilogy of electro-Brazilian releases.
It would be difficult to appreciate the bossa nova aesthetic without mentioning Joao Gilberto, and his evident influence on his daughter helps make her one of the current movement's leaders. Bebel Gilberto's long-awaited debut Tanto Tempo (Portuguese for "so much time") has been heralded as among this year's best releases. Featuring Tobin, Suba and Parahyba, the CD epitomizes Brazilian electronica at finest. For those interested in electronic music with an exotic feel, this is a good start. Tanto Tempo lingers long after first listen.
Sadly, there wasn't so much time for Suba. During a fire in his Sao Paulo apartment, he ran back into the building to retrieve computer discs for Gilberto's CD. The discs were saved, but Suba later died of smoke inhalation. He would not live to see the realization and acceptance of a musical sound he helped reinvent, a movement that will continue to thrive, even in his absence.
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