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Tita Lima: 11:11

by Ami Kealoha in Culture on 15 November 2006


Lilting rhythm guitar, trumpet solos and swirling synth bubbles on "A Conta Do Samba," the opening cut on Tita Lima's debut solo album, 11:11, sets the mood for a journey to Tropicalia. Firmly grounded in and paying homage to the classic sounds of 70's Brazilian vocal soul, jazz, samba, and bossa nova, 11:11 is more rootsy than Bebel Gilberto electro-bossa. The album's 11 tracks— consisting mainly of live instruments, classic percussion and horn arrangements—were recorded between São Paulo and L.A., with a rotating cast of seasoned veterans. Subtle touches of hip hop, reggae and programmed elements make 11:11 an unmistakably modern record.

"Catatonica" features a subtly broken Timberland-ish drum track and Brazilian funk underpinnings, while "Esquizofrevo" adds touches of beat-boxed percussion—and it actually works. "Traz Um Alivio" is dubby and ambient downtempo soul like a Portishead song, minus the bad weather.

Overall, the album is mellow and pleasurable (not easy) listening. The well-written songs are all in Portuguese, mostly penned by Lima herself, who also co-produced most of the recordings. With a nice mix of tempos and styles, and a warm sound, 11:11 is the perfect southern breeze to take the edge off the winter chill.

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