Bebel Gilberto's acclaimed album Tanto Tempo is the source for this collection of remixes ranging from downtempo to danceable by some of today's most groundbreaking producers, including Peter Kruder (of Kruder & Dorfmeister), Trüby Trio, Rae & Christian, King Britt, Faze Action, 4hero and more.
appears to be the figurehead of 21st-century bossa nova, so it's only fitting she should be the subject of one of the biggest 21st-century trends, the remix. But when the remixes are done as well as this, it actually adds to the original album. Her languid, sensual vocals are still the cornerstone, but Rae & Christian's more upbeat take on "Bananeira" propels the song to the dance floor, while Trüby Trio
evoke the shantytown favelas
, home of samba, on the percussive "Sem Contencao." A couple of the tracks might seem more like limp Sade
than tropical Bebel, but for the most part there's plenty of invention occurring, as with Da Lata
's gorgeous interpretation of "August Day Song." In addition to all of the aforementioned, King Britt, Ananda Project, and 4hero are among the studio whizzes who lend their high-profile talents to Gilberto, making Tanto Tempo
into something reborn. --Chris Nickson